Barry Phillips

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Barry Phillips is a musician,[1] arranger and producer of many recordings of Celtic, world and American folk music on the Gourd Music label.

Phillips received a Masters of Music degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1990. Since graduating, besides recording on his own, Phillips has concertized and recorded with fiddler Alasdair Fraser, guitarist Martin Simpson, harpist Aine Minogue, sitarist Anoushka Shankar and the legendary British rock group Camel.

Since 1996, Phillips has been a student of Ravi Shankar and has assisted him in the composing of a cello sonata and a quartet for sitar, cello, harp and tabla for Mstislav Rostropovich. In 2002 he assisted in the composition of Ravi Shankar’s Arpan for the Concert for George (George Harrison celebration) at the Albert Hall, playing cello in the Ravi Shankar Orchestra and also in the string section that played along with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and others. He also played cello on Camel's 1999 album Rajaz.


  • Tråd (2005)
  • Cello (2000)
  • The World Turned Upside Down (Colonial American folk and classical)
  • Wondrous Love (Instrumental versions of "Shape Note" tunes)
  • Simple Gifts, Tree of Life, Music On The Mountain (Instrumental arrangements of melodies of the American Shakers)


  1. ^ "Best Bets, Nov. 12, 2011: Deby Benton Grosjean". Santa Cruz Sentinel. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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