PHILLIP Henry is releasing a new milestone album and mapping out a decade of musicianship across the globe.

And on Friday October 26 he will be focussing on Woodmancote Village Hall, near Cheltenham, where a local audience will be able to see him in full flow.

A spokesman said: “Virtuoso is an overused word, glibly littered around as a description of ability. But when attributed to Lancashire-born, Devon-based musician Phillip Henry it’s spot on.

“Henry has made his name as a spellbinding exponent of the slide guitar augmented with show-stopping beatbox harmonica. His celebrated partnership with singer-songwriter, fiddle and banjo player Hannah Martin has seen them through five acclaimed studio and live albums and an unparalleled innovation that saw them clinch the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Duo’ title in 2014.”

The spokesman added: “But now it is Henry’s turn to stand centre-stage with a long–awaited solo album which marks a decade of travels to all points of the compass - with a guitar in tow and a rare chance to hear him sing.

“True North is an eclectic collection highlighting the stand-out skills of this refreshingly modest musician – 11 tracks bridging blues, folk, country, Indian classical music and Americana – all edged with wafts of wanderlust borne out of global gigging. It’s a potent combination -from music written while kangaroo spotting in Australia, to tunes learned from a Canadian folk maestro on a First Nations reservation, songs of the road and pieces written by musician friends from Kent to Kolkata. “Something akin to a heavily stamped musical passport.”