AFTER visiting the recently tornado stricken town of Phil Campbell in Alabama, the Scottish singer of the same name is playing a benefit concert in the Links Hotel, Montrose on Friday, July 29.
Glasgow-based Phil travelled to America after hearing about the devastating affect the tornadoes had when they ripped through several US states in April.
Singer Phil, whose own home in London was hit by a tornado in 2006, headed to Alabama after reading other Phils, Phillipas, Philomenas and Felipes were travelling to America to assist residents in the town with repair work.
They had all been converging for an event to mark the town’s 100th anniversary but decided to turn the party into a salvage operation after the tornado left 25 people dead, destroyed buildings and left hundreds homeless.
The 36-year-old musician said: “It was all just too weird and too much of a coincidence.
“I had heard about the town before, and had heard about Phil Campbells meeting up there but I had always just ignored it really.
“But when I heard about the tornado I felt I really had to go out there.”
The singer-songwriter, who has appeared on Jools Holland and toured with David Gray, lived in London for 13 years.
His home was among those hit when a freak tornado ripped through several streets in the north of the city in 2006.
He went on to pen an album called Tornado Blues.
Phil Campbell in Alabama was named after an English railroad worker who founded it in 1910.
Phil joined others with the same name in Alabama for the convention from June 17 to 19, and is now on a quest to raise funds towards the relief effort.
Phil has ties and friendships in Montrose and the organisers are honoured he has agreed to perform his concert at the Links.
Tickets priced £10 are available from the Links Hotel, Madison’s Cafe/Bistro or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil will be supported by Devils Discos (Aberdeen) and Ali & the Nutsacks (Montrose). Doors open 7 pm and the concert will be filmed as part of Phil’s documentary footage.