“Phil’s musical prowess is so astonishing that there are times when the man becomes the guitar and the guitar becomes the man. His passion is illuminating, his ability is breathtaking”
Glenn A. Baker
Whilst most kids were playing in their backyards, Phil was touring with his family band; consisting of his older brother Chris on drums, sister Virginia on lap-steel guitar, the family tutor on bass, brother Tommy on rhythm guitar and Phil on lead. They traveled Australia for six years (1960 – 1966) playing their favourite tunes which started to the following forty plus years of Phil’s professional career.
Phil’s career spans every genre of music and almost every conceivable musician, which reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the music industry that is Phil Emmanuel’s life.
His versatility is well known and acknowledged, by both musicians and fans alike, which becomes obvious from the reception he receives at all his shows, along with all the accolades from the musicians he has performed alongside, from Jazz – James Morrison, Don Burrows to Big-Band – Ed Wilson, the Royal Military College Band, to Country – Slim Dusty, Reg Lindsay, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson Tammy Wynette, to Rock and Blues Dire Straits, The Shadows, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Roy Buchanan, Don Walker, John Farnham and Ian Moss, and as the years go by the list continues to grow.
As well as performing his renowned Solo Shows, Phil and his band play a wide range of guitar oriented music ranging from his own interpretation of “Chariots Of Fire” to “Santana’s Black Magic Woman” But such is his versatility, he transcends genres, “Bach to the Beatles and everything in between” He can have you tapping your feet to an Irish jig, then in the next moment stun you into silent wonder as he plays the classical piece “Nessun Dorma” Phil continues to tackle a lot of pieces most guitarist anywhere in the world would not even attempt.