Phil Fryer

The year 2000 saw Phil form his own trio and there were engagements as a supporting act to Ken Dodd at The Frontier Club, Batley, to Les Dennis at the Princess Theatre in Blackpool and then as the main act at the Civic Hall, Leeds before the Lord Mayor of Leeds.

On 15th August Phil was filmed by Yorkshire Television and the next day he was interviewed live with Christa Akroyd and featured in The Sun newspaper under the heading 'The New Frank', followed by interviews on Radio Aire and Magic 828, when his CD was played. Between 28th October and 4th November, Phil, accompanied by his trio and a Yorkshire T.V. crew, flew to the United Arab Emirates to fulfil bookings in Dubai, Al Bin and Abu Dhabi. The resultant 30 minute documentary, entitled 'Just to be Frank' was broadcast on Yorkshire Television.

More engagements followed - a documentary shown on Granada T.V. in January, the Yorkshire Television documentary repeated in February and in March. Phil was the guest speaker at the Joseph Priestley College Award evening. He was booked to perform at Pontins (Blackpool) every Tuesday throughout the whole of the Summer season at the 'Sinatra Tribute Night'. At this time Phil experienced one of the personal highlights of his career so far when he had the privilege of a chance meeting with Mr. Frank Sinatra Jnr who wished him good luck with his career, gave his autograph and graciously allowing himself to be photographed with Phil. This event left Phil quite overwhelmed and the photograph is now one of his most treasured possessions. There was a major step later in this year when a big band was formed, with the assistance of his pianist Matt Stacey, who became his musical director and arranger. Before the end of the year there was the opportunity to stage three big band performances culminating in a wonderful evening at Morley Town Hall on Thursday 13th December. Phil took the financial risk of booking the expensive hall with the hope that there would be sufficient people willing to purchase tickets and the people of his home town did not let him down. Every seat was taken and the lucky people in the audience that night will not forget the experience for a long time. The swinging band accompanied Phil on some 25 numbers that evening resulting in a thunderous standing ovation at the completion of the performance. The occasion was used to successfully launch Phil's charity CD 'Just to be Frank'.

2002 brought another flying visit to Dubai, with New Year celebrations at the De Vere hotel with his quintet. Wedding and corporate bookings bring Phil and his band the bulk of their work, because of this there was only a handful of public performances, mainly in restaurants, theatres and town halls and Summer balls.

Most up to date performances include an audience of 1000 in aid of The Caudwell's Charitable Trust (Voyage of Hope) at John Caudwells home in Broughton Hall. Phil has participated in promotions for 'Pizza Hut' in London, performed at The Roof Top Gardens in Kensington and The Grosvenor Casino, London. Along wih many top golf clubs including The Celtic Manor, Newport and The Stoke Park golf club in Buckinghamshire. All this plus 100's of wedding receptions and private parties continue to keep this performer in great demand.

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