Phil Manning (VIC)
"Electric fingers on acoustic guitar" - Blues Deluxe
It is impossible to talk about blues music in Australia without Phil Manning being mentioned in the first sentence.
Since the late 60s Phil has been at the forefront of this genre as well as exploring other styles widely. His ability to absorb other styles and craft them to suit his personality has made him one of the truly unique performers of his time.
A founder and continuing member of the now legendary band Chain, Phil Manning has long been regarded as the most effective blues guitarist produced in this country as well as a fine session player.
Chain are the only blues band to ever have a number one ('Black'n'Blue'), they also had a number two ('Judgment'). 'Toward The Blues', their 1971 album went double gold).
Chain are also the only band to have blues music awards named after them - the Australian Blues Music 'Chain' Awards at the Australian Blues Music Festival held in Goulburn each February.
As a solo performer in the acoustic sphere, Phil has also been ahead of the game as one of the first electric gunslingers to begin working in both realms before 'unplugged' became the catch phrase.
As well as headlining his own shows he has toured with a remarkable number of artists including Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Albert Collins, Freddie King and dozens of others to the most recent Doobie Brothers Down Under Tour this year.
Tours of Ireland, UK and New Zealand in recent years have begun to reveal his original take on blues/roots music to a much wider audience.
He has received great accolades from radio from the south of the USA to the Netherlands, Germany and to diverse regions as Russia, Israel, Portugal and Italy.
His latest CD 'The Essential Acoustic Collection' on Blackmarket Music, features titles from some of his previous albums, and is a powerful and compelling statement about the depth of his music, his songs and the quality of his guitar and vocal performance.
His solo work has gone from strength to strength with uncompromising musical integrity, & his unquestionable talents on guitar are matched by his songwriting finesse & a keen perception of stylistic purpose.
Although his music is much more than blues, those roots are evident throughout his songs.
However, in form typical of all great bluesmen, Phil Manning is best witnessed in live performance. It is here the sheer artistry of his work shines through & it is for this his audience loves him.
"…an Australian national treasure… can play the hell out of an acoustic instrument so good that it leaves you breathless" - Folk Roots magazine, UK
Click Here to view blues CDs & DVDs currently available from the Australian Blues Music Festival from this website or in-store at the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre. More titles arriving all the time.
Phil Manning featured at the Australian Blues Music Festival in 2005, 2000, 1999 & 1998. We were very pleased to welcome his return to the 2009 Australian Blues Music Festival performing solo, in duo with Matt Taylor and with his legendary band Chain.
Visit Phil's website at:www.philmanning.com.au