Exposé Online banner

Phil Miller RIP

Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68.

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-10-18

Phil Miller (L) on stage with Richard Sinclair and Fred T Baker at Progman 2003Phil Miller was born January 22, 1949 in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, and was an entirely self-taught guitarist. Iin 1966, he got his start in the band Delivery, which was one of the progenitors of the Canterbury Scene, featuring Pip Pyle, Phil's brother Steve Miller, Lol Coxhill, and Roy Babbington. He was recruited by Robert Wyatt for Matching Mole in 1971, and then was one of the founding members of Hatfield and the North in 1972. When Hatfield gave way to National Health, Miller continued as one of the defining factors in the band's sound.

After National Health broke up, Miller embarked on a series of solo projects under his own name and leading an ensemble he called InCahoots. He also collaborated frequently with other musicians, mostly other members of the Canterbury Scene, but ranging afield as well.


Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Robert Wyatt, Phil Miller, Caravan, Matching Mole, Dave Stewart, Hatfield and the North, National Health

Latest news

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more

2018-01-05
Ray Thomas RIP – On Thursday, 4 January 2017, the world lost Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues. Thomas sang and played flute, and was responsible for writing a number of the band's most memorable songs. He was 76. » Read more

2017-12-22
Roswell Rudd RIP – Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, one of the distinctive players of his instrument in many strains of music, has died at the age of 82. With a career stretching back to the early 60s and over a hundred recordings featuring his playing, he leaves behind a substantial legacy. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. » Read more

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ragnarök - Path – If you are old enough, you might remember that Ragnarök was part of the Swedish Prog Rock movement in the mid 70s. Their self-titled album released in 1975 was typical 70s art-rock. The band vanished...  (2009) » Read more

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance – The definition of progressive rock is growing wider each year. There is a trend that consists of injecting healthy doses of fusion, what with a jazz rock aura in the neighborhood. All over the...  (1996) » Read more

Proto-Kaw - Wait of Glory – The history of Proto-Kaw has to be one of the greatest second-chance stories in the history of rock. The band made some demos between 1971-1973, but broke up shortly afterwards when Kerry Livgren...  (2006) » Read more

Spiral Realms - Trip to G9 – Simon House is an esteemed musician in my opinion, continually inventive and quite diverse, being the violin / keys player for the classic '69-'70 period High Tide, a short stint with Third...  (1995) » Read more

Adrian Belew - Side Three – The last phase of Adrian Belew’s trilogy of contrasting approaches winds up the series on a firm up note. The Prophet Omega provides the opening rap to kick of the disc in a similar flair to...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues