My name is Phil Dean. I was born in greenest Albion, I now live in Terra Australis. I write songs and sing them. I look on in awe at songwriters such as Justin Sullivan (New Model Army), Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Peter Perrett (The Only Ones), Kate Bush and Neil Young.

So… I wrote a whole bunch of songs in late 2013/early 2014 that I didn’t feel were right for my band Zeptepi, and decided I’d start a new project instead… which became The Gathering Tide.

I recorded an album between 2014-16, essentially as a solo project - but some fine musicians assisted me greatly, including CC Thornley (banjo), Paul Angas (keyboards, drums), Claire Johnstone (fiddle), Peter O’Shea (fiddle), Peter Donelly (piano, organ) and Darn Thorn (piano).

The album was released on September 1st 2016, and you can stream or purchase it via the links on this site. 

After playing about 350 shows with Zeptepi between 2004-2015 I wound down the live performances for a while. But as of mid-2017 The Gathering Tide has begun playing some full band shows, with Peter O'Shea on fiddle, Paul Angas on drums and Steve Temple on double-bass. The aim is to play a lot more shows in 2017/2018, and record some new songs!

You can also find here an archive containing a little info on my previous bands over the last 20 years or so. Well you see I have all this stuff, and I don’t know where to put it… so this seemed as good a place as any...
Debut album The Gathering Tide released 01.09.2016
Copyright 2016 The Gathering Tide