Philip Contini - vocal; Anne Evans - piano, flutes; Dick Lee - clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone; Stephen Coutts - guitar, mandolin; David Vernon - accordion; Roy Percy - double bass
Philip sings classic Italian and Neapolitan Songs, including songs from Italian American artists such as Louis Prima and Dean Martin. The Be Happy Band, 5 outstanding musicians, provides sympathetic and colourful accompaniment, with arrangements by Director of Music Dick Lee.
Philip's regular Edinburgh Fringe show features favourite songs from the whole gamut of vocal styles he has sung during the last 21 years including the Neapolitan and Italian songs of composers such as Roberto Murolo and Franceso Paolo Tosti and the great popular songs of Cole Porter, Louis Prima and Dean Martin.
Promoters are invited to choose a favourite style for their concert or to enjoy a wide ranging selection from the hundreds of songs in the repertoire.
Philip on Neapolitan song (Radio 3 interview):
"Neapolitans love to tell stories - all their songs tell a story. The story is told in very few words - but a song can tell of someone's broken heart, of the love for our mother or father when they die, or the love of our children. But more often, it's about the love between sweethearts - of young men longing to be with their loved one or being spurned. So the songs start full of anguish and pain, and then the guy says, 'Och, well, to hang with it! She was alright, she was nothing really special!'
Haha! . . . I sing and tell stories and crack Neapolitan jokes, and hopefully make people happy for an hour and a half!"