Jeff Green interview: Django Reinhardt – Stephane Grappelli – Nigel Kennedy.

In this penultimate episode of Aymeric’s interview with the guitarist Jeff Green, we hear how Jeff returned to the acoustic guitar, rediscovered the music of Django Reinhardt while playing with violinist Mike Piggott in the Chris Francis Quartet, played with bassist Jim Richardson’s Be-bop Quartet Pogo, joined the Stephane Grappelli Quartet with Martin Taylor and Alec Dankworth and became part of Nigel Kennedy’s ‘Wasp Factory’.


The Melting Pot of WALFORD ROAD in the 1970s

This week we are showing the third episode of Aymeric’s Jeff Green interview in which Jeff recalls the musicians who lived in Walford Road and some of the bands that emerged from this melting pot, including Elton Dean’s JUST US, Phil Howard’s MEGALOPOLIS and Jo Gallivan’s INTERCONTINENTAL EXPRESS.


Jeff Green as SOFT MACHINE roadie in USA 1971 tour

This week we are showing the second episode of Aymeric’s Jeff Green interview. Jeff takes us behind the scenes while acting as a roadie for Soft Machine on their first American tour.


No Holds Barred – Interviews by Aymeric Leroy

One of the spin-offs from the Phil Miller Tribute Concert that we arranged after Phil died, was Aymeric Leroy’s idea of a series of interviews of the musicians performing at the concert. I bought three Sony Camcorders and we organised an interviewing suite at Colvestone Crescent using Phil’s Edirol recorder and two tripods that I borrowed, with myself operating the hand-held camera for close-ups. Aymeric made many trips from France to do these interviews which we conducted over several days interviewing two or three musicians on each visit.  You will have seen the short excerpts that Aymeric made from this series. What we are presenting here are the full-length versions. They can be found under the new MENU heading: NO HOLDS BARRED.
This first interview featuring the guitaist JEFF GREEN has been divided into five episodes. Here is the first episode….


Phil and Steve at St John’s Harlow 14 May 1998

Here is a recording of the dearly departed Miller brothers playing together at St John’s in Harlow over 20 years ago. The photograph is from an earlier period – probably 1966.


In Cahoots: new drummer rehearsal & Progman Cometh Festival 2002

When Pip Pyle left In Cahoots in 2002 to form his own band, Phil’s choice for a replacement was Mark Fletcher, fondly known as Fletch. There was no need to introduce Fletch as he was well known to everybody in the band – you would be hard pressed to find any musician on the scene that he hadn’t played with. In July 2002 Phil called a try out/rehearsal for Fletch before their upcoming performance in Seattle a few weeks later…


National Health Sweden 1980

National Health’s final line-up (1979-80) is well documented in live recordings, but this one is made extra special by being Alan Gowen’s last performance with the band, and his penultimate public appearance.



Fourth Anniversary of Phil Miller’s death. 

PHIL MILLER    22.01.1949 – 18.10.2017

I have selected a piece of Phil’s music for this sad day…..



The Miller Bothers and Lol Coxhill at Rumours 1992

And now for something completely different: Phil, his brother Steve and Lol Coxhill playing live at Rumours in London on April 17th 1992. I found this DAT recording in a box of old tapes in Phil’s studio and thought it was worth giving it a second airing – not what you are used to listening to on this website!



Prog Italia Magazine Article – part three

A big thank you again to Vincenzo Giorgio for writing a fantastic three-part biography of Phil for Prog Italia magazine. The third and final part can be found here.


1996 Mystery Gig

“I wish I could tell you more about where and when this particular performance by In Cahootswas recorded, but it came on a DAT tape that had evidently been recorded over since it mentioned a 1991 date and the repertoire here is clearly 1996…”




Miller Baker Duo Maassluis Netherlands 1992

Listen to and download this Miller/Baker concert


Fred Baker Trio 1000 Trades Birmingham 2019 – part three

Watch the third part of the Fred Baker Trio at the 1000 Trades in Birmingham playing Green & Purple.


In Cahoots Tribute to The Love Generation Tokyo 2001

We are all very excited about this week’s posting: the newly discovered tapes of Tribute to the Love Generation in Tokyo 2001 where In Cahoots played two great concerts on the 8th and 9th of December. The band were in tip top form and the music was at it’s best with a brand new set list. Everyone played really well and to top it all it was brilliantly recorded by one of Phil’s greatest friends: the inspired sound engineer Benj LeFevre. We decided to post both these superb concerts together and also updated the video of this event with the new sound track. So here it is in all it’s glory. Enjoy!


Fred Baker Trio 1000 Trades Birmingham 2019 – part two

Watch the second part of the Fred Baker Trio at the 1000 Trades in Birmingham playing Truly Yours and Delta Borderline.


Fred Baker Trio 1000 Trades Birmingham 2019 – part one

Watch the Fred Baker Trio play God Song and Underdub in Birmingham (1000 Trades) from 2019. 


Fred Baker Trio 2019 – part three

Watch the third part of Fred’s Trio playing Above and Below at the Neptune in Chesterfield. The Trio features Fred Baker on guitars, Mickey O’Brien on Bass and Nick Twyman on drums.


Prog Italia Magazine Article.

A big thank you to Vincenzo Giorgio for writing a fantastic three-part biography of Phil for Prog Italia magazine. The second part can be found here, starting on page 28.


Fred Baker Trio 2019 – part two

Watch Fred’s Trio playing at the Neptune, his local pub in Chesterfield. The Trio features Fred Baker on guitars, Mickey O’Brien on Bass and Nick Twyman on drums.


In Cahoots BBC 1985

Recorded on the eve of the band studio sessions for “Cutting Both Ways“, these are live-in-the-studio performances of the music Phil had recently written with the aid of a bursary from the Arts Council, specially recorded for the BBC’s Jazz Today programme…



In Cahoots Mean Fiddler 2005

This is a relatively short set by In Cahoots – for two reasons. First, this was a transitional line-up with a new frontline of Theo Travis (this would be his only performance with the band) on saxes and flute and Simon Finch on trumpet…”





Interview with Phil

Thanks to Aymeric for providing this fascinating interview with Phil from the spring of 1982.


National Health Squat Theater New York 1979

“The penultimate stop of National Health’s North American tour was a pair of shows at the Squat Theater, a venue in Manhattan that in subsequent years would host shows by the likes of Daevid AllenFred FrithSun RaNico, the Lounge Lizards and Etron Fou Leloublan, who were touring the US at the same time as National Health…”




Remastered recordings

Thanks to Aymeric for remastering and separating four of our earlier recordings.
Use these links to listen:

Hatfield & The North, Club Citta Tokyo 2005
Miller/Baker and Friends, Tokyo 1991
In Cahoots, Université Villeneuve Lille 1984
In Cahoots, Nervi (Genova) 1991


New Masterclass: Out There

Today we have published a brand new masterclass. Out There is our first masterclass to have both guitar and bass guitar parts. To take a look, click here.


Solo Demos 1984/5

These solo demos were recorded by Phil using a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder in 1984/85. Obviously the intention was to help the other members of In Cahoots get the feel of each piece, along with the score, rather than a finished product anyone outside that close circle was supposed to ever hear. But this is a fascinating listen for anyone who likes Phil’s music and, particularly, his wonderful multi-layered guitar playing…”



Delivery BBC ‘Sounds of the Seventies’ 1971

Thanks to Joerg Reinicke for this very special recording of  Roy Babbington and Laurie Allan playing together with Delivery in March 1971 at the BBC for Alan Black’s ‘Sound of the Seventies’.


In Cahoots Jazz Café London 1994

“A very nice DAT recording of In Cahoots’ only gig of 1994, a release party of sorts for the “Recent Discoveries” album recorded the previous year, and which provides a very large chunk of the setlist here…”


Short Wave Brussels 1994

“We’ve had two early performances by this band (originally known as Hugh Hopper & Special Friends) from 1991 on this site. Three years on, with the “Live” CD (actually a mixture of studio and live recordings) coming out in the meantime, the repertoire was still largely unchanged here, and in fact Short Wave’s activities came to an end by 1996…”



In Cahoots Utrecht 1984

This is one of the best recordings by the original line-up of In Cahoots, broadcast live by AVRO radio during the band’s Dutch tour of May 1984. It is quite well preserved, too, save for the first few seconds of Above and Below…”



Prog Italia Magazine Article.

A big thank you to Vincenzo Giorgio for writing a fantastic three-part biography of Phil for Prog Italia magazine.

For those of you that speak Italian, the first part (pg 58-65) can be found in the March edition here.



Miller Baker Duo Vilnius 1993

“In January 1993, Phil’s old friend and promoter of many Dutch tours for his various bands, Henk Weltevreden, took Phil and Fred Baker to Russia for a duo tour that actually began with a two-day stop in Vilnius, Lithuania…”




In Cahoots Florence 1991

“In the early days of the site we had posted a gig from this May/June 1991 In Cahoots tour with basically the same setlist in a different order but with only a continuous soundtrack. See below Immenstadt, Germany 25th May now with a fully documented playlist…”



In Cahoots New Vortex 2005

“This was In Cahoots’ first appearance at the Vortex in its new Dalston premises – the club’s previous location had seen the last performance by the Dean/Dvorak line-up in April the previous year…”




In Cahoots Eindhoven 1985

“We had already covered In Cahoots’ March 1985 (the first with Hugh Hopper on board) in a previous upload of the Paris Dunois gig, but that was an incomplete recording, and this performance from the Dutch leg of the tour adds a lot of extra material…”




Matching Mole London 1972

This incomplete recording of one of Matching Mole’s two appearances at the King’s Cross Cinema, just a short walking distance from the band’s rehearsal space…”



In Cahoots Villebon-sur-Yvette 1998

This is one of two In Cahoots gigs in 1998 where fellow guitarist, and long-time Pip Pyle associate Patrice Meyer sat in with the band…”



In Cahoots Old Fire Station Oxford 1987

This excellent soundboard recording documents the first In Cahoots tour with Steve Franklin on keyboards, but still with Hugh Hopper on bass – a line-up that remains undocumented on any official release…”



National Health Washington DC 1979

Listen to and download National Health from their 1979 US tour, live in Washington DC on November 28th.

National Health’s US tour of 1979 has been well documented with bootleg recordings of most shows in circulation. This is one that’s less common than others…”



New Master Class – Early Days

We have just published our latest master class with Fred Baker on Early Days. Find it here.


In Cahoots Le Dunois Paris ’85

Click here for our first ever recording from In Cahoots’ March 1985 European tour.


In Cahoots Pijnacker NL ’84

Listen to and download this newly digitized recording of In Cahoots at the de Trucker club in Pijnacker, Netherlands from 13th May 1984.


Billie Bottle’s Tribute to Phil

“HAPPY 72nd BIRTHDAY to the late, great, guitarist/composer and all round inspiration, Phil Miller.”


Phil’s Birthday

Today, as it is Phil’s birthday, I thought I would post this recent portrait of Phil at 17. It was painted from a photo taken by his brother Steve in Cannes in the south of France. Pip Pyle had borrowed his mother’s Mustang and driven the three of them there during the summer holidays. They had a great time, hanging out in the sun and sleeping on the beach. It was this year that saw the forming of the band Delivery.

Listen to Delivery live in Canterbury from 1972 here.

HERM – 22.01.21

Artchipel Orchestra: New Tribute to Phil

This CD dropped through my letter box from Italy last week. It is a wonderful homage to Phil from the Artchipel Orchestra and is called TRULY YOURS – The Music of Phil Miller. How great to hear Phil’s music has a new life.

I have included an extract here from the first track to whet the appetite and a link to their site.

HERM – 06.12.20

New Fred Baker Master Class

We are very happy to announce our latest master class is now available. Click here to see Fred Baker exploring Phrygian Blues.


A Life in Music: complete playlists

Now that we have completed our series of videos from Phil’s tribute concerts at the Vortex Jazz Club from January 2019, we have compiled then into two separate video playlists (one of each set) so that you can watch them continuously from start to finish. These can be found on the Concert page here. For those of you that would like to read Aymeric’s introduction, these can be found further down the same page.



Matching Mole 1972 TV Appearance

Someone has finally searched the vaults of the long-defunct Education TV for which Matching Mole filmed a 15-minute session in 1972. This was always presumed lost, but here it is, in black & white but in excellent condition.


Coming Saturday 1st August

Downloadable Midi Files

As of today we will be including Midi files with our scores on The dots page. These can be played on many media players and edited with most sequencing software. We are starting the collection with Phrygian Blues, which was our most recently added score and scheduled to be Fred Baker’s next masterclass.


New Score

Today we have added Phil’s score for Phrygian Blues, which can be found here.


Fred’s 60th Lockdown Bash

Here is a video Fred Baker put up on YouTube. He had to cancel the concerts he had planned around his birthday on 4th June because of Lockdown, so he made this performance from his garden. He includes one of Phil’s pieces: Early Days from Phil Miller’s CD: OUT OF THE BLUE on the Crescent Discs label.


Nan True’s Hole

Hoping that everyone is keeping well and safe and thanks to Luciano Margorani for his great version of Nan True’s Hole, which you can watch on his Facebook page here.

GPD European Tour 1972

In these uncertain times, with many of us having to isolate, we’d like to thank Aymeric for a very welcome distraction in the form of this extensive, four-hour collection.

“Painstakingly assembled from disparate cassettes found in the personal collections of both Phil and Steve Miller, this is as complete a documentation as possible of the low-key European tour undertaken by the trio of Steve Miller (piano), Lol Coxhill (soprano sax, vocals) and Laurie Allan (drums) in October and November 1972…”

Fred Baker Trio – Truly Yours

Watch The Fred Baker Trio playing Truly Yours live from November 2019.



Phil On Composing

Listen to Phil discussing the process of composing in this conversation with Henk Weltevreden.

      1. Phil Miller (When Composing Really Well)


New Master Class – Green & Purple

Watch our latest master class with Fred Baker

“This master class shows how Phil’s use of the whole form of the symmetric scale in Green and Purple is actually the up-side-down version which gives you a whole different set of harmony and chords.”



Rarely Heard Recording

Thanks again to Aymeric for this almost never heard In Cahoots recording for VPRO radio in The Netherlands from October 1989.

“Fans of the band will recognise the opening track, For The Moment, as the same version heard on the Live 86-89 album, but the rest of the concert had never been heard before. I’s quite a unique mix of InCa staples like Above and Below and the Medley, and material rarely if at all heard elsewhere…”


Delivery Brighton 1972 Restored

Thanks to Aymeric for restoring this very old audio cassette recording from September 1972 of Delivery playing live in Brighton.

“This version of Delivery, a prototype of Hatfield and the North with Steve Miller on electric piano, was short-lived and played only a handful of gigs, so we are lucky to have any document from this period…”

Listen here.


New Recording Found

Today we uploaded a newly found live recording of In Cahoots live in Wuppertal from 1986. We posted the first three numbers of this gig a while back, but this tape, found elsewhere in Phil’s collection, has almost the entire concert.


New Master Class

We have just added another of Fred Baker’s fantastic guitar master classes. Here he covers Phil’s classic Truly Yours which was first recorded for Split Second shortly after Fred joined the band.



Fred Baker Trio – Delta Borderline

Watch Fred Baker and his trio, Nick Twyman (drums) and Mickey O’Brian (bass) perform Delta Borderline from November last year.



Fred Baker Trio with Nick Twyman on drums and Mickey O’Brian, bass guitar playing Delta Borderline at Northern Light Cinema Wirksworth on 24th Nov 2019.

Tomorrow 22nd January is Phil’s Birthday. Had he lived he would have been 71. We have not forgotten you Phil and we have not been idle. We have finished editing the film from the Tribute Concert PHIL MILLER – A LIFE IN MUSIC at the Vortex on Jan 6th 2019 and we are waiting for the soundtrack to be edited, so you will soon be able to see the results here on the website.

Another piece of good news is that the long – awaited second Miller/Baker Duo CD is on its way! Phil and Fred Baker have been recording the music for this CD ever since they brought out the original CD DOUBLE UP in 1992. It has been an ongoing project that occupied them every time Fred came to stay with us, whether he came for In Cahoots rehearsals, the Guildhall Summer School, gigs or whatever, he and Phil would be working away in his studio. When Phil died and Fred and I looked for this material. We were mystified as search as we might we just couldn’t find it. More than 2 years later I found the tapes! They had been there all along but I had foolishly thought they were video tapes that I had been unable to play. This is because the recording had been done via Phil’s ADAT machine which uses 8 track tapes that look identical to the old video tapes of yesteryear. The wonderful Benj Lefevre took them to a studio in Brixton and had them transposed into WAV files and has been busy mixing the tracks. We hope to bring out the new CD DOUBLE UP 2 in the not too distant future under the Crescent Disc label.

And from Italy comes the news that the Artchipel Orchestra have just finished recording a tribute CD to Phil, featuring the titles Truly Yours, Eastern Region, Second Sight,Above and Below, Calyx, Godsong and Nan True’s Hole. This CD will be coming out in the spring. It will be fascinating to hear Phil’s music being played by this brilliant group.

And for his birthday here is the latest of my series of portraits:


In Cahoots Vortex 2009

Watch In Cahoots live at the Vortex Jazz Club from November 2009.








Phil on Medley

Listen to Phil being interviewed by Aymeric about Medley along with some live footage.







In Cahoots Padova 1991

Watch more In Cahoots live in Italy at Banale, Padova from May 1991.








In Cahoots Pavia 1990

Watch In Cahoots live in Italy from May 1990.








Hatfield and the North Elephant’s Coda

Thanks to Aymeric for this great Hatfield clip.


In Cahoots St Jean aux Bois 1998

I’d first heard the horn-less quartet version of In Cahoots in September 1997 in Groningen, on what was likely its debut, and liked the trimmed-down approach very much, so I couldn’t possibly miss their brief tour of France in March 1998. So I found myself driving to St Jean aux Bois, a small village near Compiègne, about 45 minutes drive North of Paris. The venue ‘Les Naiades’ was a friendly little sort of inn with even a fireplace on the side of the stage. Longtime friend/supporter, Serge Wodrascka (who can be heard sitting in on Above And Below) put on gigs there into the 2000s and Canterbury Scene bands like Pip Pyle’s Bash and Hugh Hopper’s Franglo Band were some of the other bands I later saw there – not to mention the trio + guest version of In Cahoots in 2001, documented elsewhere on this site. Eventually, the place was filled with about 50 people, who were treated to a performance consisting of two lengthy sets, with familiar material like Above And Below and No Holds Barred as well as pieces I’d never heard before, Pete’s Big Dick and Fred’s Upside (during which a couple stood up and danced, much to the band’s surprise!), both of which would appear five years later on All That, re-arranged for the sextet.

Click here to listen.



18th October 2019

This is the second anniversary of the death of Phil Miller.
Here is a painting of Phil that I completed recently.

Can I please ask you all on this day to click the link to listen to this piece of Phil’s music?
It is the 6th track from the album Split Seconds and only lasts for 3.30 minutes.
It is called “I Remain”
Phil may have died but his music remains alive.
My heartfelt thanks to you all for doing this in his memory today.


      2. I Remain (Miller) 03:30

In Cahoots Immenstadt Austria 1987

Watch In Cahoots (PhilEltonSteve FranklynPip & Hugh) live at The Rainbow, Immenstadt, Austria, from 28th November 1987.

Despite the quality of this ancient recording, this early In Cahoots gig is well worth a look, especially for the great Pip Pyle drum solo.


Hatfield & the North Central TV 1990

In 1990 Hatfield reformed for a one-off appearance for Central TVDave Stewart wasn’t available and was replaced by Sophia Domancich. After the concert the recording was edited by Central TV who managed to remove all of Phil’s tunes. Very sad for Phil who not only had his tunes removed without notice but, unlike all the other musicians, received no royalties as a result of the TV exposure which would have been considerable.
For those of you who have not heard the bootlegged recording of the run-through the day before click here for your chance to hear all the tunes that were intended.

Progman Cometh Seattle 2002

Watch In Cahoots at the Moore Theatre, Seattle from the 18th August 2002.

Click here to watch


New Video Interviews

Today we added seven new interview excerpts to our interviews page, including more from Doug Boyle, Jack Monck, Jim Dvorak and Pete Lemer, and new interviews with Marc Hadley, Sarah Gail and Simon Picard.

Click here to watch


Canterbury Legends 2007 Videos

Watch four videos of Canterbury Legends live in Cluny from 2007.

Click here to watch.




New Interviews Page

We have just added a new page of video interview excerpts  that Aymeric Leroy conducted with a number of musicians that had worked with Phil over many years.

Click here to watch.


Green and Purple

Here is a drawing of Phil made by Guido Spring’s six year old son Jasper.
Great drawing Jasper!








Hatfield and the North – Son of There’s No Place Like Homerton – 1974

In April/May 1974, Hatfield and the North played a series of ‘big band’ concerts, of which Dave Stewart’s epic (Son Of) There’s No Place Like Homerton was the highlight. Sadly, none of the three shows were filmed, but we have Kim Fyson to thank for some truly wonderful photos of the Cambridge gig…

Click here to watch


Canterbury Legends (In Their Own Lunchtime) Bourgoin ’08

Watch Phil, Hugh Hopper, Didier Malherbe, Patrice Meyer, Alex Maguire and Manuel Denizet perform at the SMAC Les Abattoirs in Bourgoin-Jallieu, near Lyon, France, from May 2008.

Click here for the video


In Cahoots live in Paris ’85

Listen to In Cahoots live in Paris from 1985.


Phil Miller Guitar prize

Tomorrow evening (10.06.19) Fred Baker and John Etheridge will be judging the Phil Miller Guitar Prize at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Click Here for more information and tickets.


Calyx, arranged by Luciano Margorani

Thanks to Luciano for this great arrangement.

“A homage to Phil Miller and his amazing composition “Calyx”
I used the original track from Hatfield’s first album and changed it a bit with my computer.
You can hear Phil with Robert Wyatt, Richard Sinclair, Pip Pyle and Dave Stewart.
Recorded at Tappo studios in February 2019.
RIP Phil, you’ll be forever in my heart.”


In Cahoots at The Bull & Gate 1982

Click here to listen to our earliest live recording of In Cahoots.


NEW PAGE: Fred T Baker’s Guitar Master Classes

Click here to watch Fred’s video master class on Phil’s classic composition, God Song.

In this first of a series, Fred takes a fascinating and detailed look into one of Phil’s earlier pieces, explaining not only how to play it but also shares his great expertise on why it is such a great piece of music.


Fred T Baker New Trio:
with Micky  O’brien (bass) and Nick Twyman (drums)
Playing music by Phil Miller and Fred T Baker

Wednesday 17th April 2019
Lichfield, Cathedral Hotel, Beacon St. WS13 7AR.

Doors open 7:15 pm, music at 8:00 pm
£10 / £12 students £5

Book in advance:

Short Wave – Bresse-sur-Grosne – 1991

Billed here as Hugh Hopper and Friends, these two sets were recorded in France in November 1991.

Click here to listen now.


New Score

We have just added Phil’s score for Your Root 2, along with his notes, to our dots page.


Birthday Tribute

Hi everyone, here is a link to a wonderful birthday tribute to Phil from Billie Bottle. Please listen to it. It is Billie singing lyrics using 22 titles of Phil’s music played to a version of Above and Below. It is beautiful and only takes a few minutes.

Herm x

For those of you not on Facebook, you can find it here on YouTube.

Phil Miller Memorial Concert

  Phil’s Memorial Concert took place on Sunday 6th Jan to packed houses – There was hardly room to breathe but that didn’t stop the cheering! All the musicians played magnificently and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all 21 of them from the bottom of my heart. It was a stunning performance all round and enthusiastically received by the audience. We have had a bagful of enthusiastic emails from musicians and audience members alike. It was a night I shall never forget.
We filmed and recorded the entire event and will eventually post a good selection of pieces up on this site. It will take some time to edit the footage and mix the recording and I will only be posting numbers one at a time as they are finished and approved by all concerned.
We would love to hear from anyone who was there and would love to post your photos and comments on this site, so please send them in.
In the meantime Jonathan Coe has written a review of the concert for the latest edition of the NEW STATESMAN, Phil Howitt has put a review on his site. Sergio Amadori has written this review on Hibou Anemone & Bear, and Mike Barnes will reviewing the concert for PROG magazine.


JUST IN: Jakko Jakszyk will be now be flying in tomorrow to perform at both concerts, after Carol Grimes had to sadly pull out earlier today.

18:30 – 5 Jan 2019

Phil Miller commemorative T-shirts

£15 each – available at the venue on the day of the concerts in a variety of sizes.

Updated rolling news about the Phil Miller memorial concert: again we are sorry to say that Didier Malherbe is still recovering from his accident and won’t be able to be at the concert. We wish him well in his recovery. Trevor Tomkins has also had to pull out due to ill health. Get well soon Trevor. Paul Booth has accepted an Australian tour which prevents him attending and Jakko Jakszyk is heartbroken to say he has to pull out due to a family crisis . We hope this does not disappoint anyone too much. We are looking forward to seeing you all on 6th Jan. The concert has been oversubscribed and sadly a lot of people have been unable to buy tickets. If anyone who doesn’t live too far away from the Vortex is interested: the Vortex is going to live stream the  music from the concerts to the bar downstairs so that musicians can relax downstairs and still be able to hear when they should make their way upstairs. Also we are having the concerts filmed and recorded and we will be putting this on this site during the course of next year. Commemorative T-shirts will be for sale, probably downstairs as it will be too crowded to do it upstairs. We still have a few of Phil’s CDs – mainly Mind overMatter and Out of the Blue, which we will give away on the 6th. Make sure you get your copy.


Click here to listen to Radio Story about sounds of London, inspired by Phil Miller and made by Guido Spring.

Click to Listen to National Health play Fourfold from 1979 and watch one of Aymeric’s slideshows of the musicians.



The Phil Miller Memorial Concert – Jan 6th – two concerts 4pm and 8pm at The Vortex, Dalston, London E8 – tickets £15 for single concert or £25 for both.

Featuring a total of 25 renowned musicians, performing a wide selection of Phil’s music, across two concerts on one night.

We were going to set a normal price for tickets along with a concession rate but were told by the club that was not possible, so we are selling ALL tickets at the concession rate! The Vortex is a small venue so ticket numbers are limited: book early so as not to miss out.

Go to this page on the Vortex website to see the musicians who will be playing and buy your tickets.

Keep up to date by visiting the legacy site where we will be posting rolling news.


Lol Coxhill Interview

17.10.18 – KYLE

Listen to Aymeric Leroy interview Lol Coxhill and listen to Phil and Lol playing together.

In Cahoots Radio Bremen 1986

10.10.18 – AYMERIC

Click to listen to an In Cahoots Radio Bremen broadcast from 20 May 1986

In Cahoots Utrecht 1986

03.10.18 – AYMERIC

Click here to listen to or download a recording of In Cahoots at the Zeesicht, Utrecht from 13 May 1986.


Hatfield & the North live in London November 1972

27.09.18 – AYMERIC

Click here to listen to and download very, very early Hatfield and the North, only weeks after they changed their name from Delivery and Dave Sinclair replaced Steve Miller – plus guest appearances from Lol Coxhill and Robert Wyatt.

Hugh Hopper & Friends (Short Wave) at Europa Jazz Festival, Le Mans 1991

23.09.18 – AYMERIC

Listen to and download Hugh Hopper & Special Friends (debut performance by the band who later became Short Wave) from the Europa Jazz Festival 12 May 1991

Steve Miller All Saints 1994

20.09.18 – KYLE

Watch Phil’s brother Steve play and be interviewed for Wire TV

 In Cahoots Le Triton 2003

09.09.18 – AYMERIC

Listen to both sets here.

National Health – A Fleeting Glance 80

31.08.18 – AYMERIC

Watch National Health perform A Fleeting Glance. 

Miller/Lemer duo Netherlands 95

27.08.18 – AYMERIC

Click to listen to Phil Miller and Pete Lemer in the Netherlands from 1995, plus read an interesting review by Manfred Bress of how they won over a Hard Rock crowd.

Phil & Fred Belgium ’95

24.08.18 – AYMERIC

The Miller/Baker duo from Belgium in April 1995 Click here to listen and read Aymeric’s notes.

In Cahoots Penny Theatre part two (possibly)

16.08.18 – AYMERIC

This tape was labelled In Cahoots Boat Race 1994 but this seems to be an error. The year is clearly wrong – InCa only played one gig in all of 1994, it’s the Jazz Café (aka Halloween) recording. The band did play the Boat Race in Cambridge, but in December 1995, so that is very likely it, especially since the gig includes early versions of the Parallel repertoire which didn’t yet exist in 1994. Now what’s interesting is that this would be the day after the Canterbury Penny Theatre recording, but with absolutely NO overlap in the set list, which leads me to wonder if they could not be two halves of the same gig. We may never know – there doesn’t seem to be much contextual information in Phil’s typically concise stage announcements. In any case taken together they form a great document of that particular tour, with what I suppose is the complete repertoire played on it. Click here to listen or download.

In Cahoots Italy 1991

14.08.18 – AYMERIC

Watch In Cahoots live in Pavia from June 1991

In Cahoots Canterbury 1995

11.08.18 – AYMERIC

Click here to listen to In Cahoots live at the Penny Theatre in Canterbury from 1995

Short Wave – 2PM

08.08.18 – AYMERIC

Click here to watch Short Wave live at Gong 25 from 1994

New score for Digging In

04.08.18 – KYLE

Click here to download Phil’s score and notes for Digging In. Click here to listen to the album.

In Cahoots Wuppertal 1986

02.08.18 – AYMERIC

Click here to listen to the first half of one of the last dates of In Cahoots’ long European tour of spring 1986.

Short Wave – Shuffle Demons

31.07.18 – AYMERIC

Watch Short Wave perform Shuffle Demons at Gong 25. Click here to watch

New Score added – Truly Yours

30.07.18 – KYLE

Today we added Phil’s score and notes for his composition Truly Yours, which can be found on the album Split Seconds. Click here to view this and other scores.

Portrait of Phil by Herm

28.07.18 – HERM

See Herm’s latest portrait of Phil and view a slideshow of how it was done. Click here to view

Short Wave – The Balladin

25.07.18 – AYMERIC

Watch Short Wave perform The Balladin live in this video Click here to watch now

In Cahoots Paris 1993 complete gig

18.07.18 – AYMERIC

IN CAHOOTS live at New Morning, Paris from 19 March 1993. Now without the missing beginning Click here to listen now

In Cahoots Vortex 2008

15.07.18 – AYMERIC

IN CAHOOTS live at the Vortex Jazz Bar in Hackney, London from 10 June 2008. Click here to listen now

Remastered National Health Kansas 1979 plus all new material

11.07.18 – AYMERIC

Thanks to Aymeric Leroy for this remastered recording of National Health live in Lawrence, Kansas, which now includes, the entire gig along with some historic demos recorded a few days earlier. Click here to listen now

New Interviews page

07.07.18 – KYLE

Today we have added some magazine interviews with Phil (and Fred Baker) from the 90s. Click here to visit now

Steve Miller / Lol Coxhill 1974

03.07.18 – HERM

Steve Miller and Lol Coxhill on the 1974 Virgin Crisis Tour Click here to listen or download

Hatfield and the North 2005

23.06.18 – KYLE

Reformed Hatfield and the North live from Club Citti, Tokyo from October 2005 Click here to listen or download

National Health Kansas 1979

23.06.18 – KYLE

National Health live in Lawrence, Kansas from November 1979 Click here to listen or download

In Cahoots St. Jean-aux-Bois 2001

18.06.18 – DOUG

In Cahoots live at St. Jean-aux-Bois, Les Naïades (near Compiègne, France) from June 2 2001 Click here to listen or download

Hatfield and the North Pennsylvania 2006

15.06.18 – KYLE

Video of  Hatfield and the North live at the Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem PA, 2006 Click here to watch now

Hatfield and the North New York 2006

12.06.18 – KYLE

Video of  Hatfield and the North live at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York, 2006 Click here to watch now

New score added

11.06.18 – KYLE

Just added Phil’s score for Eastern Region to our dots page along with his original notes.

Historic TV footage of very early Canterbury music

05.06.18 – KYLE

We have just finished digitising an old DVD of Phil’s containing historic TV footage of National Health, Soft Machine, Caravan and Kevin Ayers. Watch a young Michael Parkinson interview Soft Machine and Annie Nightingale introduce National Health on the Old Grey Whistle Test. Click here to watch now.

In Cahoots live in Osaka

02.06.18 – HERM

In December 1991 Phil took In Cahoots on tour to Japan. The line-up was Phil Miller on guitar, Fred Baker on bass guitar, Pete Lemer on keyboards, Pip Pyle on drums, Elton Dean on saxes and Jim Dvorak on trumpet, playing all Phil Miller compositions. In Cahoots played four concerts in Osaka and Tokyo. The CD Phil Miller In Cahoots Live in Japan was taken from these concerts. This recording is the concert in Osaka December 12th 1991. Click here to listen or download now.

In Cahoots on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Today 1983

21.05.18 – KYLE

Listen to early Inca playing Second Sight and Your Root 2, as recorded for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Today programme in 1983. Recorded from the radio onto reel-to-reel tape by Phil’s father-in-law and my grandfather, Gordon. Click here to listen now.

Original videos

16.05.18 – KYLE

Today we have added a new videos page, on which we will be publishing original and otherwise unseen footage. These files have been digitised from Phil’s own collection of DVDs and VHS tapes, as well as contributions from our visitors. The first video is a two hour In Cahoots gig, recorded in Tokyo from December 2001. Click here to watch it now.

In Cahoots live at New Morning Paris 1993

28.04.18 – DOUG

“This excellent quality DAT tape was digitised by Herm from Phil’s private collection of numerous DATs. This is a line up of In Cahoots without any keyboards at all leaving Phil as the sole chordal voice in a music which is packed with dense harmonic information (of course the bass player can always have a bit of go with chords too but it’s probably courtesy to make it clear that it’s the same money). It is testament to the quality of the compositions that Phil has chosen his chording in this format to be sparse and understated enough to put fuller focus on the horn lines, this bringing a fascinating new perspective on the In Cahoots music and interaction of the musicians. Jim’s sound in particular really rings out throughout…” Click to visit page

Featured on KKFI 90.1FM tonight

13.04.18 – KYLE

Thanks to our friend Rick Chafen, Kansas City Community Radio (KKFI 90.1 FM) will be broadcasting some of our previously unreleased material tonight on the show The Real Deal at 19:00 CDT. Once a month, Rick co-hosts the show, on what is known as Obscuropean Fridays. If you are in the Kansas City area, you can tune in on 90.1 on your FM band, otherwise there is a live stream that can be found at ; below is a snippet of Rick’s introduction to the show. “I never knew that a band called Delivery had a 30-minutes spotlight on the BBC. But now it’s been made available thanks to In some ways, Delivery became a sort of proto-Hatfield and the North. The 1970 performance includes three players who would form the Hatfields. Delivery was the first proper band that Phil Miller and Pip Pyle had together and they would play in the same bands until Pip’s death (right after a gig) in 2006. I can promise you a whole lot more music from Phil’s various bands will soon be featured.” Click here to read it all and tune in if you can.

New YouTube videos added

12.04.18 – HERM

Today we have added six new YouTube videos, including  a tribute by Fred Baker recorded on Phil’s birthday this year. Click to visit page.

New score – Green & Purple

10.04.18 – KYLE

We have just posted Phil’s score and notes for Green & Purple. Next up will be Eastern Region. Click to visit page

Phil & Fred – Japan – 1991

Phil Miller and Fred Baker live at the Roppongi Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan, 21.12.1991. With surprise guests… In Cahoots bassist Fred Baker is a premium musician of many facets. He is a Professor of music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, a composer and a fully featured guitar whizz. While anyone present when Fred (in bass mode) hits his Fuzz Pedal of Ultimate and Terminal Filth will know how his passion for motorbikes has informed his musical character, the more refined and introspective side of him found a perfect expression in his guitar duo with Phil heard on the exquisite Double Up album. Fred was always highly attuned to the emotional twists and turns in Phil’s compositions and I love his harmonic overlays and commentary. It takes a musician of uncommon sensitivity to expand on Phil’s harmonic systems without overwhelming their economy; nothing in Phil’s music happened by accident and in Fred he found a foil as meticulous and detail conscious as himself. Here Phil and Fred appear at the famous Roppongi Pit Inn, Tokyo for a set of palpable intimacy that morphs into one of the gutsiest and most spiritually assertive gigs I have heard. I’ve mentioned before that Eastern Region is one of my absolute fave Phil tunes and it’s lovely to hear it’s poignant English character kicking off the set here. In contrast Nowadays a Silhouette adopts an evocatively languid continental mood in this format. Another gear change and Fred spins lines of octave leaping gypsy nonchalance on Underdub before chopping out melodies in ferocious fifths a la Wes Montgomery. There is no mystery at all why Fred had his right hand patented (only he is allowed to use it). Fred’s composition For Christine is given a perfectly crafted and delicate arrangement and Phil and Fred truly lock in as one entity. The playing here from both is touchingly peaceful and focused. Above and Below is one of Phil’s most monumental compositions. This version has an unmatched gravitas and at this point Phil announces the first in a series of very special guests… As the evening progresses Second Sight, in particular steams along thrillingly and I would like to draw your attention here to a delightful example of Phil’s examplary rhythm playing. …so, without giving too much away, it’s sufficient to say that all participants are on joyously lunatic form, and so will you be after experiencing this testament to a very special evening that is best experienced in one chunk of listening pleasure, as it happened, and without skipping ahead for sneak previews!Click to listen

05.04.18 – DOUG

National Health – Maassluis – 1979

National Health live at Toverbal Club, Maassluis (Netherlands) 29/3/1979 Phil Miller – guitar Alan Gowen – keyboards John Greaves – bass and vocals Pip Pyle – drums Thanks to Rick Chafen for this file and thank you also to Aymeric Leroy for identifying the date and location. These are two men I will be thanking a lot more… This is a very tight mic recording close to the stage in a fairly acoustically dead venue. Buzzing and occasionally drop-outs notwithstanding the balance is excellent. The Alan Gowen line up of National Health was a somewhat looser affair than the Dave Stewart led version. Phil and Alan’s compositions still had enough twists and turns to keep all the musicians in a constant state of insomnia inducing, buttock-clenching anxiety (I’d have thought) but the blowing sections are noticeably more liquid and jazzier in feel. These are my personal highlights;- John Greaves’ Squarer for Maud is an absolute delight; like wondering through a series of chambers. Each with it’s own surprising and unique decor but all forming a satisfying integrity of form (whatever that means). Astonishingly inventive and fluid solo from Phil who typically operates his wah pedal in the opposing direction than any other guitarist would have done. ‘Playing backwards’ is a comment I’ve heard about Phil’s playing more than once but, to slightly paraphrase a Stewartism, he was in fact playing forwards in a backwards world. Following on from this display and not be outdone, a fully goaded Alan Gowen brings us a Rhodes solo that sparkles like a rare gem. Key centre shifting wildly around in a manner hinted at in some unearthly chording earlier in the piece. This cut is triumphant. Phil’s classic Dreams Wide Awake is a really flowing affair by this point. The exquisite lines heard on the album version have an even more conversational and engaging character here. J Greaves and P Pyle are just so damn slinky and sinous. Compared to the intricate elegance of Neil Murray, Greaves approach has a little more ‘tude and a nice filthy punch in his tone without sacrificing elegance. Highly contrasting but I love them both, right. Playtime is a lovely, suspenseful composition by Alan Gowen (and originally heard with Gilgamesh). Every Phil solo has it’s own character and this one has an ironic sneering quality and a slight haughty air before dropping down an octave into some downright sleazy bends. Phil was generally warm and avancular but scrutiny of stage patter reveals Phil had some tech issues this night and fancy I can hear a bit of the ruffled mood of the man here and I think it’s great! Nowadays a Silhouette is a piece of open character in marked contrast to most of Phil’s compositions. Were almost back to Matching Mole conceptually. Lovely dynamic drop into Alan Gowen’s synth solo with Pip creeping supportively in behind. The feeling of space and lightness enhanced by an inspired Greaves who flows beautifully all over the neck. This is top flight musicianship that you would associate with fusion and progressive music but actually exists set apart and in it’s own category, all due to the wit, humanity, and depth of vision of the participants. Click to listen

30.03.18 – DOUG


Welcome to our new homepage

Thank you to everyone who has visited, engaged with and contributed to the site. Due to the enthusiastic interest in the new material we have been posting, we have decided to use this page as a blog, to provide up-to-date news of recent and upcoming uploads. If you would like to receive email notifications of new posts, use the ‘Subscribe’ section on the left of this page. We will also be using this feed to post any other items of interest that we, or you, might find. We are continuing to digitise Phil’s collection of DAT, Audio cassettes and VHS tapes. We will shortly be uploading a video of In Cahoots playing live at The Love Generation Festival in Japan. We also have a remarkable video with some very early TV recordings of National Health, which also includes In Cahoots band members such as Richard Sinclair in an extremely early Caravan broadcast and Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper with early Soft Machine including Robert Wyatt, not long out of school, before he grew his hair, along with Kevin Ayres and The Whole World.

29.03.18 – HERM