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Phil Manning

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Phil Manning

One of Australia's best known guitarists, Phil has a single handedly turned more Australians onto the Blues than any other performer.

The grandson of a dedicated Tasmanian bandleader, Phil grew up with music in his genes.

From his earliest days backing pop artists and throughout his long career, his musical integrity has always set him apart.

Many Australians know him as a member of Chain, the legendary blues band whose contribution to Australian music and the development of the blues in this country is unparalleled.

Since the mid seventies, Phil has forged a brilliant solo career for himself.

He has featured at all the major festivals and venues throughout the country, and the list of international artists he has toured with, performed alongside or recorded with is impressive.

This experience spans three decades at the top of his field.

His skillful touch and great passion for the blues have kept him musically progressive, always prepared to interest himself in new musical ideas whilst maintaining his stylistic purpose.

The result is a gifted songwriter with an awesome guitar technique.

His latest album Migrants Dance is an indicative album of where Phil is musically today.

Distilling influences such as Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and Celtic sounds into his original style ensures a sound that is timeless and contemporary. His use of a range of acoustic guitars in both slide and fingerpicking styles emphasises his skill at covering a full range of acoustic blues. It is a reminder that blues can be lyrical and melodic as well as emotional.

His influences are absorbed into his own playing, and there is a sense of empowerment that comes from his drive and his desire to push musically into exciting new dimensions.

Phil Manning is an artist who has thrilled audiences throughout the length and breadth of the Antipodes and is finally revealing himself to the rest of the world.

The Phil Manning Discography

CHAIN LIVE (1969 - Festival)
TOWARD THE BLUES (Gold Album twice) - CHAIN (1971 - Infinity)
CHAIN LIVE AGAIN (1973 - Infinity)
TWO OF A KIND - CHAIN (1974 - Mushroom) With Pee Wee Madison and Mojo Beaufort from the Muddy Waters Band.
PHIL MANNING - LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND (1978 - Polygram) Featuring Midge Marsden
OZ BLUES - Matt Taylor & Phil Manning (1980 - Full Moon)
IT'S BLUES - (Limited Edition) (1988 - Tamborine Music)
LIVE AT STORY BRIDGE - PHIL MANNING (1990 - Tamborine Music)
CAN'T STOP - PHIL MANNING (1992 - Tamborine Music)
THE BACK SHED - PHIL MANNING (1994 - Tamborine Music)
TWO ROADS - PHIL MANNING (1998 - Tamborine Music)
THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS - CHAIN (1998 - (Forever/Tamborine)
MIX UP THE OILS - CHAIN (1999 - Forever/Tamborine)
TAKE NOTE - PHIL MANNING (2000 - Tamborine Music)
MIGRANTS DANCE ( Blackmarket 280.2)
Plus numerous other singles, compilations, recording sessions etc.

During his career Phil has played with many fine musicians, these include:

  • Toured As Opening Act With: Muddy Waters
  • Freddie King
  • Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
  • George Thorogood
  • Canned Heat
  • Roy Buchanan
  • Albert Collins
  • Alexis Korner
  • Duster Bennett
  • Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers. 

Performed And/Or Toured With (as guitarist).

  • Bo Didley
  • Champion Jack Dupree
  • Renee Geyer
  • John Paul Young,
  • Brian Cadd
  • Tony Worsley
  • Marcie Jones
  • Margaret Roadknight
  • Dutch Tilders
  • Geoff Achison
  • Jeff Lang
  • Matt Taylor
  • Paul Cheeseman
  • Mick Taylor
  • Kristina Olsen
  • Guitar Shorty
  • Wizards Of Oz (Phil Emmanuel, Mal Eastick, Jack Howsden, Kevin Borich & Terry Murray).

Opened Shows For: (Solo/ Phil Manning or Chain)

  • Rolling Stones
  • Pink Floyd
  • Free
  • Deep Purple
  • Kinks
  • Taj Mahal
  • B.B. King
  • Albert King
  • Robert Cray
  • Odetta
  • John Mayall
  • Kris Kristoffeson and Rita Coolidge
  • Leon Russell and the Shelter People
  • Rory Gallagher
  • David Lindley and Wally Ingram
  • Bob Brozman.

Recording Sessions

  • Renee Geyer
  • Margaret Roadknight
  • James "Pee Wee" Madison and Mojo Beaufort (from Muddy Waters Band)
  • Digby Richards
  • Brian Cadd
  • Kamhal
  • Bobby Bright
  • Marcie Jones
  • Ray Burgess
  • Frankie Davidson
  • Lee Sappho
  • Shirley Strahran
  • Warren Morgan
  • John Paul Young
  • Dutch Tilders
  • Farmer John
  • Allison McCallum
  • Malcomn McCallum
  • Allison Durban
  • Young Talent Time
  • Russell Morris
  • Lisa and David Scembri
  • Matt Taylor
  • Jim Keays
  • Moir Sisters
  • Maria Forde
  • plus countless advertising projects and background film music. 









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