Phil and John

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Phil and John was an award-winning Christian music duo from Mansfield who recorded and toured throughout the 1980s and 1990s.[1]


Phil and John were Phil Baggaley and John Hartley, childhood friends who first started playing together at the age of 13.[1] Their performances, which included an appearance at the Greenbelt festival in 1989,[2] typically incorporated music and comedy.[1] Although no longer performing and recording as a group, both remained within the music business: Baggaley went on to establish Christian record label Gold Records,[3] while Hartley moved to Nashville, Tennessee and became director of A&R for Worship Together Records.[4]

The Wood Thieves[edit]

Whilst known for contemporary worship music as Phil and John, the duo also recorded secular music as "The Wood Thieves".[1] Their most notable release in this capacity was a single with The Grimethorpe Colliery Band and was a response to announcement of the closure of Grimethorpe Colliery.[5]



Studio albums[edit]

  • Count Me Out, Kingsway Music, 1983[3]
  • Waiting For Summer, Kingsway Music, 1985[3]
  • Lonely Dancer, What? Records, 1987[3]
  • Don't Look Now...It's The Hallelujah Brothers, What? Records, 1989[3]
  • Shine Like America, What? Records, 1990[3]
  • Carnival of Clowns, R Records, 1992[3]
  • Providence, Phoenix Records, 1997[3]

Live albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]


Live videos[edit]

See also[edit]