September 1999 saw the release of a stunning new album "From The Edge of Memory" by Phil Callery & The Long Wave Band. This is the first solo album from Phil Callery who is probably best known for his work with The Voice Squad. The album contains 13 tracks including, The Bonny Blue Eyed Lassie, Annan Waters, The Green Linnet and Stolen Child. For this album Phil is joined by "The Long Wave Band" featuring some of Ireland's finest musicians such as Niall O'Callanáín on Bouzouki, Kevin Murphy on Cello, Colm McCaughey on fiddle, Jimmy Faulkner on guitar and Belinda Morris on oboe and saxophone. The album will be released in North America early next year.
Phil Callery began his singing career in the Dublin Folk Clubs scene in the late sixties. He went on to found the first "Singers Club" in Dublin in 1970, which he modeled on Ewan MacColl's famous "Listeners Club" in London. The "Singers Club" provided a platform in the early seventies for such names as Dolores Keane, Triona and Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Paul Brady and many more. The "Singers Club" was a forerunner to the "Goilin" Traditional Singers Club, currently running in its 21st year. Phil has guested on several albums to date, Sinead O'Connor, Christy Hennessey, Jimmy McCarthy, to name but a few. He has toured extensively in Europe with 'The Voice Squad' and successfully toured Canada and the USA in 1995."Phil Callery's voice has great resonance and emotional range, but it also excerises control, it exudes tact, seriousness, and integrity. His style of singing plays with ideas of suggestiveness and simplicity, letting nuanced melancholy of the lines and the tragic inevitability of the stories speak for themselves, using arrangements which are imaginative and unobtrusive and subtly haunting. There is sense of mastering and technical perfection here, a talent at the height of its powers, which means will certainly become a classic recording.."
Colm Tobin, Write