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Philip Riley & Jayne Elleson

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About Philip Riley

Philip was born on Tyneside, England and spent most of his school years in York. Involved in music from an early age, he started in bands at age 15, initially as a guitarist and then as a drummer. Riley had some formal piano training although in his own words “I must have driven my old teacher crazy. I was always more fascinated by what I could find myself, which my teacher saw as a curse, but has since proved a blessing”. He also had two years formal drum and percussion training. Most of his skills in arranging and producing are self-taught.

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Biochemistry (Manchester), Riley started as a brewer and plant chemist for a New Zealand company. He then completed a teaching diploma and started teaching biology, science, and music while playing in bands in his spare time.

The move into the recording industry followed his growing fascination with synthesizers and the technology of recording. Eventually he resigned from teaching to set up his own commercial recording studio - Life of Riley Studios.

He has worked with vocalist Jayne Elleson for a number of years and their distinctive Celtic crossover music has been heard on albums around the world. Jayne’s beautiful vocals combined with thoughtful, well crafted lyrics create an atmospheric and ethereal landscape.

When asked about his musical influences the list is long and eclectic, from Elbow and Coldplay through to Alison Krauss and Bonnie Raitt.

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