Phil Circle and Hassan El–Tayyab have a couple things in common that brought them together for this show. It was teaching that caused their paths to cross, as they contract with the same store once a week. Upon closer inspection, however, you see the bigger thing; They are both pursuing their careers on their own terms and enjoying the pure love of the music.
Stylistically, they occasionally may run across common ground, but for the most part, this show will promise the audience a wonderfully wide spectrum of musical styles while bringing plenty of very accessible songwriting to the stage in this fine venue.
Hassan El-Tayyab was honored as a finalist in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Song Competition, for best vocal performance in the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Competition, as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition, and was recognized in the 2013 and 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, his carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have earned Hassan a reputation as a musician that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, his music draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience.
Phil Circle has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.
Phil is by no means your ordinary songster picking away quietly on his acoustic guitar. He manages to blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, folk, and even classical, to seamlessly create a style truly his own. Add to this his often flawless and always energetic live performance, and he lands far away from what most people think of as “Singer/Songwriter.”
Phil’s debut release in the 90s was hailed by In The Mix as “just what the doctor ordered” and they pointed out that his music “defies rock, jazz and blues” saying his songs were “from the master class.” 20 years later, Illinois Entertainer referred to his latest full band effort as proof that Phil is “one of our town’s most unique voices.”