West Yorkshire based solo electric guitarist Dean McPhee plays a Fender Telecaster through a valve amp and effects pedals, combining clean, chiming melodic lines with deep layers of delay and echo. A self taught musician, Dean has a unique style of playing which draws together influences from British Folk, Dub, Kosmische, Post Rock, Mali Blues and Modal Jazz. His critically acclaimed releases on Blast First Petite, Folklore Tapes, World in Winter Recordings and his own Hood Faire label have received positive reviews from The Wire Magazine, Uncut Magazine, Record Collector Magazine, MOJO Magazine, Music OMH, Dusted Magazine, Brainwashed, The Out Door, Drowned in Sound and The Quietus amongst others.
Dean has supported artists/bands including Acid Mothers Temple, James Blackshaw, Emeralds, Eric Chenaux, Josh T Pearson, Lichens, The Magic Band, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Hurley, Josephine Foster, Meg Baird, Bohren and der Club of Gore and Charalambides. He toured as support for Thurston Moore/Michael Chapman for their 2013 joint UK tour and in 2016 he was special guest on Wolf People’s UK tour. He has also toured the UK several times with fellow Hood Faire artists Sam McLoughlin & David Chatton Barker and in 2018 he played a 15 date tour in Europe on a double bill with the guitarist Seabuckthorn.
Dean’s third full length album “Four Stones” (2018) brings together remastered versions of three tracks that were only previously available on, now sold out, limited edition tape compilations on the “unique and essential” (Dusted Magazine) Folklore Tapes label along with two new pieces “Danse Macabre” and the epic 14 minute “Four Stones” on which Dean uses a kick drum pedal to add a percussive undercurrent to his music. The Folklore Tapes tracks “The Blood of St. John” (from Calendar Customs Vol IV: Crown of Light), “Rule of Threes” (from Lancashire Folklore Tapes Vol 1: Pendle, 1612) and “The Devil’s Knell” (from Folklore Tapes Calendar Customs Vol III: Midwinter Rites and Revelries).