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Denbighshire Punk Vicar is one of TV’s The 100

A Vicar based near Ruthin is one of the 100 judges in the new series of BBC1’s All Together Now.

The Revd Philip Chew, the Mission Area Leader of Dyffryn Clwyd Mission Area and the lead singer of Punk band, REVISIT will join comedian Rob Beckett and the Spice Girl Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) for the second series of the Saturday night hit TV programme All Together Now starting on Saturday (2 March).

Phil, who has nearly forty years’ experience in the music industry, was selected as one of the 100 judges for the TV talent show.  Known as The 100 the judges are a mix of singers from every corner of the music industry with big voices and even bigger opinions, who bring their own distinctive style and taste to the judging panel.

In his “day job” Phil looks after five churches in Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llangynhafal, Llanychan and Llanynys.  He said: “I was contacted out of the blue last August by the production company, asking if I would be a Judge on All Together Now.

“They wanted people from different walks of life that have a variety of musical backgrounds to be judges on this singing competition.

“I have been the lead singer in my own secular band REVISIT since I was 17 and having published music on vinyl back in the 80’s, CD’s in the 90’s and released an album in 2015 which is available for digital download, they felt I was qualified to be a member of The 100.

“My band has taken me to the most remarkable of places and even though many of the songs we perform are not necessarily overtly Christian, the message has always been of Christ.”

As part of the filming for the programme TV cameras joined Phil and his congregation at St Peter’s Church in Llanbedr last October.  The service is likely to feature as an insert into one of the six heats of All Together Now, being shown in March and April. St Peter’s holds a modern service, open to all, on the first Sunday of each month, with the next one taking place on Sunday 3 March at 10.30am.

Phil has just published a book.  Altar Ego! Tales of the Punk Vicar is a memoir, telling the story of his band and his call to the priesthood.  He added: “The book begins in Lancashire in the early 1960’s and follows my exploits in the northern music scene, set against the background of Maggie Thatcher’s Britain. It then follows my Call to be ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church to the present day. It is full of anecdotes of what it is really like to be a Vicar, both in an urban context as well as in a rural one.”

The book is available on Amazon as a paperback or in digital format.  Phil will be signing copies of Altar Ego! Tales of the Punk Vicar at the Raven Inn in Llanarmon-yn-Ial on Saturday 9 March from 10am – 12noon.

Phil has his own website.