Phil Swill Odgers has been one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of The Men They Couldn t Hang. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Vancouver and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.. Now, leading a cast as varied as in any vintage caper movie, he steps out from under the spiky shell of TMTCH and emerges with a classic slice of folk country pop The Godforsaken Voyage. Initially conceived as an EP of favourite covers, Phil s re-union with producer Mick Glossop (Waterboys, Zappa, Van Morrison etc) rapidly produced the fast selling Amazon release Sunday Morning Coming Down . It was the fan and online reaction to this reading of the Kristofferson classic that persuaded these two to assemble a full crew and begin to plan The Godforsaken Voyage… First a call from Mick Thomas leader of infamous Aussie band Weddings, Parties, Anything produced an invitation to contribute to a project on the colonisation of Australia. The album s title track was quickly written a tale of riot and transportation… Next up, a call to old school pal and fellow TMTCH songwriter Paul Simmonds: Dusty Fields and The Master s Whip soon followed…Many other faces also made the night trek over to the tiny Shepherds Bush basement studio where the music bubbled for over a year. Nick Reynolds (Alabama 3), Johnny Bridgewood (Morrisey), Slim (Urban Voodoo Machine), Tom Spencer and Jon Odgers (The Men They Couldn t Hang) all added their expertise and character to the rumbling plot… John Jones from the Oyster Band perhaps remembering that TMTCH had once helped rescue his passport and squeezebox from the corner of a Danish field brought his voice and melodeon in to keep the pot stirring.. Last but not least, the first dame of folk Eliza Carthy arrived in a flurry of drama to deliver her stunning vocal and trademark fiddle on Gene Clark s Through the Morning, Through the Night a magical duet which is at the heart of this deeply accomplished album by the UK s most underrated singer.