Phil is an English Folk/Blues
based acoustic guitar player and singer/songwriter with
influences ranging from Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell
and Skip James to contemporary artists such as Chris
Whitley, Bob Brozman, Harry Manx and Australian blues
legends, Jeff Lang and Phil Manning.
original songs draw on all of these influences and more,
dealing with multi-facets of his own life. Phil's guitar
techniques include fingerstyle, various open-tunings
and slide playing on both conventional, Resophonic and
Weissenborn style guitars.
started playing in the local pub in his home town, moving
on to the Northern Beaches of Sydney including a spot
at the inaugural Manly Folk Festival, then followed
this with a weekend at The St Albans Folk Festival in
the past couple of years Phil has been playing Sydney
gigs and also has started to get around The Central
Coast and beyond, including The Berry Blues Festival
in December 2003 and the Newcastle Blues Festival in
Phil has been playing much more around the Newcastle
area performing both solo gigs and supports for the
likes of Ash Grunwald on his recent tour.
having just completed a successful weekend at The 2004
Berry Blues Festival, Phil is looking forward to his
return to The St Albans Folk Festival and also to his
first recording, which will include Tony Keep on drums
and Paul Rutter on fretless electric bass.
will be recorded at Ramrod Studios (owned by Herman
Kovac ex Ted Mulray Gang) and will be engineered and
produced by Glenn Skarratt, a well known and respected
name on the country music scene, it will feature Phil's
original songs and will endeavour to capture the feel
of a live performance.