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May 27, 2013

Phil Shoenfelt & Pavel Cingl

The concert will feature English singer-songwriter-guitarist Phil Shoenfelt, a veteran of the London and New York post-punk scenes of the late 1970s and 1980s, who has been living in Prague since 1995. Together with his Czech musical colleague Pavel Cingl on violin, he will perform an acoustic set of his songs, the atmosphere of which may remind some people of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop and Nick Cave.”

Concert at the Bohemian Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria


Phil Shoenfelt is a veteran of the London, Manchester and New York punk and post-punk scenes. After getting involved in the London punk explosion of 1976-1977, he moved to New York where he played with several Downtown bands such as The Nothing and Disturbed Furniture. In 1981 he formed Khmer Rouge with ex-The Clash DJ Barry "Scratchy" Myers, Marcia Schofield, and Claus Castenskiold. The first performance of the band was at the 1981 White Columns Noise Festival, organised by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Khmer Rouge played many shows at NYC clubs such as CBGBs and The Peppermint Lounge, and also supported artists such as Alan Vega, Tom Verlaine, Nico and The Clash at concerts across the USA.

Khmer Rouge relocated to London in 1984, and went on to support The Fall on two British tours. They also recorded a four song EP with legendary British producer John Leckie. The band finally split in 1986, and a retrospective double compilation CD was released on the English label Voiceprint in September 2004.

After the split, Phil went solo and his first solo single was released in 1989 on Mark E. Smith's Cog Sinister label. Two solo CDs followed on different independent UK record labels: Backwoods Crucifixion and God Is The Other Face Of The Devil. These CDs are notable for the dark atmospherics and rich textures of the music.

In the early 1990’s, Phil was invited by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to be special guest at several of their UK shows. In 1994 he did a tour of the Czech Republic, backed by Czech band Ticha Dohoda, and in 1995 he moved to Prague on a permanent basis. In 1996 he formed band called Southern Cross with Czech musicians Pavel Cingl, Pavel Krtous and Jarda Kvasnicka, and gradually the music took on a harder, rockier, more psychedelic edge. Since 1996 Shoenfelt have played concerts and festivals in several countries including: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Ukraine, Hungary, Norway, Italy, England, USA and Canada. Since moving to Prague, Phil and the band have recorded three more CDs for Czech record labels: Blue Highway, Dead Flowers For Alice, and Ecstatic. The very last Cd Paranoia.com was released by English label Easy Action. Several of these CDs have also been released on German, American and Greek labels. The band continues to play regularly in the Czech Republic, across Europe and in USA.

As well as being a songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Phil is also a published novelist and poet. His autobiographical novel Junkie Love first came out in Czech translation in 1997 and was followed by a bi-lingual book of poetry and song lyrics (Zeleny Hotel/The Green Hotel). Junkie Love was published in English by Twisted Spoon Press in 2001, and in 2002 the book won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award (Drugs Books Category) in New York. Since then it has been translated into Italian and Greek, and has just been licensed to Ebury Press/Random House for UK and Commonwealth distribution.


Pavel Cingl plays violin/mandolin/rhythm guitar in Southern Cross, and on the Czech music scene he is a respected musician in his own right. After studying classical violin at the Conservatory in Prague, Pavel went on to play in the punk group Ineptus, and later played violin with the well-known Czech Blues guitarist Ivan Hlas. He has played with Phil in Southern Cross since 1997.

In 2010 Phil & Pavel released a live CD, which they recorded at club Nova Sin in Prague. The CD, “Live At The House Of Sin”, contains 13 songs in an electro/acoustic setting (voice/guitar/violin/mandolin). The CD received a “Grindie Award”  in USA.

Shoenfelt’s career, brilliantly synthesized in his friend Nikki Sudden’s liner notes, has a number of eerie parallels with Nick Cave. Aside from the Berlin and Australian geographical connections, both are novelists  whose hedonistic lifestyles have formed the backbone of many of their recordings.Jeff Penczak, Terrascope (CD review for Deep Horizon)

"Live At the House of Sin is a great album, beautifully arranged, and thought-provoking from a couple of talented musicians with a lot of street cred. Fans of goth, folk, and the likes of Iggy Pop and Nick Cave should definitely pick this one up.“

Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team




Bohemian Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria


May 27, 2013


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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