Phil and melodeon

Phil Underwood

Phil Underwood is the head of Bonnet and Belt Productions. A versatile folk/roots musician, singer/songwriter, playwright and actor, he performs traditional music and his own traditionally influenced tunes and songs with a warm personality and professional attitude.

Instruments and Genres

A vocalist and multi instrumentalist on melodeon, concertina, fiddle, guitar, banjo, whistle and percussion, he can play most folk/roots genres, including British Folk, Cajun, Creole, Blues, Shanty, World, Appalachian, Rock and Roll, European, Barn Dance, Contra, Zydeco, Pop, Reggae, Country, Singer/Songwriter.

Career Highlights

Phil has had a music career spanning more than 20 years. Phil has his own solo show and performs with several bands – including 2016 tours with The Creole Brothers, upcoming folk band Kara and gigs with the traditional Cajun band The Miri-Kools. He is also the musician with the renowned Fishwives Choir and has appeared on their charity video and has several TV and Radio appearances on his CV, including Eastenders, BBC Breakfast, BBC Songs of Praise and the World Service. He performed with comedian and musician Bill Bailey at Wembley Arena in 2013. His latest TV appearance was on Robson Green’s Tales of the Coast, screened 21 February 2017.


He trained for the stage at The National Theatre in 2012 and was personally invited by renowned actor and musician John Tams to audition for the part of Songman in the West End show War Horse

Phil’s first stageplay “Roses and Castles”, which includes several of his own compositions, had its debut performance with the Hawth Youth Theatre, Crawley  on 7 July 2016 and obtained Arts Council England funding for its first fully professional production on 20 October 2016 at The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

Canals of Old England

His new solo/duo stage show “Canals Of Old England” – featuring stories, songs and poetry about the canal  – is looking for touring opportunities in 2017.


Having you play at our festival added hugely to the ambiance and atmosphere.. truly awesome!” Stoke Bruerne Canal Festival

..from wild cajun tunes to solemn and powerful anti-war songs in the best English tradition, Phil sure has stories to tell…” Daria Kulesh, Presenter, Radio Dacorum

..wonderful performance .. Phil played exquisitely ..very moving” Acorn Folk Club

Phil’s website is at

Canal Songs, Poems and Stories