Philip Elston, Poet & Trumpeter
Philip Elston started out as a performance poet whilst living in Düsseldorf in the 1980s. He soon formed a band,
The Crippled Flower, and began gigging in Germany and the Netherlands. The group played in unusual locations such as Heartbeat,
the specialist record shop in downtown Düsseldorf. The small circle of bands associated with Heartbeat later released the
independently produced cassette, A Heartbeat Rendezvous.
Philip jamming with Nik Turner of Hawkwind at the PCAN event.
The Crippled Flower ceased to exist in 1988 and Philip returned to the UK to embark on a degree in German. His dissertation was entitled
The Role of The City in German Expressionist Poetry. He continued with The Crippled Flower project using backing tracks and slides to
accompany his performances.
In 1994 he joined Attila the Stockbroker on a tour of Europe, beginning with an anti-fascism benefit gig in Amsterdam. Later that year
Philip moved to Penzance, Cornwall where he contributed greatly to the festival and cabaret scene. As one half of the poetry duo Spare
Parts he travelled to perform for Manchester Poets and the Dartington Literature Festival.
He has written for magazines and animal rights publications and, now based in Hampshire, he continues to write and perform poetry,
incorporating electronica and field recordings into his performances. In 2013 he graduated from Chichester College with a Diploma in Jazz Music.
For poetry performances and readings please contact Philip at: firstname.lastname@example.org