Phil Lewthwaite is a native Cumbrian and has been writing his own material since he was a teenager. “‘Run, baby, run’ is one of my favourite songs I’ve written. It’s about a guy who was the leader of a notorious gang in New York City. I’d read his book on holiday in Keswick when I was about 14 and his story was the inspiration for the song which I wrote a few years later. The guy had been on the front of Time magazine and a movie was made about his life. I actually got to meet him and perform the song at an event he was speaking at”.
Phil’s latest project is LAKELANDSONG.
“It’s a concept where I perform songs I’ve written which have been inspired in some way by living in the Lake District and combine images I’ve taken of the area alongside the live performance. It provides the audience with a visual as well as a sonic experience.
The two forms of how I express myself artistically are through songwriting and photography, so my latest project is an ideal marriage of both art forms .
For me, the English Lake District has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Apart from it’s outstanding natural beauty, I’m very privileged that it’s the place I call home. The place where the narrative of my life has unfolded.
I was born here. I’ve lived my life here and in all likelihood, I’ll die here too.
My relationship extends beyond the people I’ve come to know in the different communities I’ve lived - it’s with the Cumbrian landscape itself. The mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers I’m surrounded by, have become an intrinsic part of my life. They form part my identity - the essence of who I am and where I’m from. They’re in the fabric of my being.
With LAKELANDSONG, I’ve documented a series of stories in the form of songs. It’s a snapshot of how I’ve seen the world through my eyes.
I’ve performed LAKELANDSONG in theatres and arts centres and am now taking it out into rural Cumbria. I want to share my experience of living in this fantastic place through the combined mediums of songwriting and photography”.