A professional musician from High Harrington whose successes include being part of a resident band at the home of The Beatles is returning to West Cumbria to play a charity concert.

Phil Doran, 33, has been passionate about music from an early age and got his first guitar aged five.

He studied the subject at university after attending St Patrick's and St Joseph's schools in Workington and St Benedict's in Whitehaven.

And, after graduating, he moved to Liverpool, where he has worked with a range of up-and-coming artists, as well as performing for celebrities and sports personalities across the UK.

Phil has played at the Liverpool M&S Bank Arena in front of a sell-out crowd of 11,000 people, and he has toured Sweden, Italy, France and Thailand, as well as all over the UK.

He is lead guitarist with The ELO Show, who have performed at sell-out venues and have recently returned from The Netherlands.

Phil says: "I always think back to the careers advisors who'd come into school and ask you what you wanted to do when you left.

"I always said music but there was always a sense that it was an unrealistic idea that you could make a living from being a musician. I think that did nothing but increase my desire to do that. I couldn't really see myself doing anything else.

"It was always my dream to play the guitar for a living and since leaving school that's what I've been doing.

"It's great to combine two of my passions, which are music and travelling, and get to see places you wouldn't usually see on holiday."

For the part 10 years Phil's band, Madison, are a resident band at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, which was made famous by The Beatles, and they also play at Anfield for Liverpool FC home games.

But on Sunday, June 23 there will be a chance to hear them play at the Trades Hall in Workington as they play alongside Cumbrian duo Ritz in a gig in aid of Diabetes UK.

For Phil, it's a welcome chance to catch up with family and friends and put his skills to good use

"I'm very proud to be from West Cumbria. I love coming home, which is why I'm looking forward to the Trades Hall gig."

The event is sponsored by John Elliot Ltd, West Coast Thermals Ltd, Ian Wilson Haulage, Jeff Taylor Carpets and PPM Ltd. All ticket money will go to Diabetes UK.

To book tickets, which are £12, call Ged Doran on 07546107008.