1952 – Born on the 6th
Born into a musical family, Phil
and his younger brother Tommy were considered child
1960 -1966 - By the age of 9, he
was already working as a professional musician in the family
band, variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget
Surfaries and The Trailblazers. Phil played lead and Tommy
played rhythm guitar, along with their brother Chris on
drums and their sister Virginia on slide guitar. The
Emmanuel siblings earned the family's sole income for
After his father died, the
Emmanuel family was approached by Australian country music
star Buddy Williams, who took them on the road until they
were forced by the Australian child welfare department to
stop travelling. The children were then sent to a regular
school. Emmanuel's first brush with fame came when The
Trailblazers won two televised talent contests and were able
to produce an album.
musical roots stem back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and his
style has largely been defined by the classic guitar sounds
of this era. His preference for the “instrumental tunes that
defined the sound of the electric guitar when it was a new
instrument”. Phil has always been renowned for performing
powerful, challenging material, ranging from classical
ballads such as
Sultans Of Swing
to spine-tingling, amazingly
fast and furious pieces by
After seven odd years working
solo, Phil finally formed his own band, something which had
taken a while because of the lack of availability of
seasoned professional musicians.
his band play a wide range of guitar oriented music ranging
from their own interpretation of
Chariots Of Fire
Santana's Black Magic Woman
plus a bit of country, rock,
classical to ballads. Their target audience age is 18 to 80
so there is something for all ages, plus a lot of pieces
most bands anywhere in the world would not even attempt.
1992 – Released “Kakadu Sunrise”.
1994 – Released Phil and Tommy
Emmanual “Terra Firma”.
1999 – Released “In The Shadow of
the Beatles” Vol.1.
- Performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics
VANESSA AMOROSI, SAVAGE GARDEN and MIDNIGHT
Invited to headline
the worlds’ largest guitar festival. Following this he set
off on a brief tour of Europe before heading home for a tour
of outback Queensland.
Release of new material in the form of the five track EP
“The Miracle” which includes two tracks by his inspiration –
The Shadows. The EP has been received with critical acclaim,
and completes the ‘trio’ of Phil’s works with a track ‘Blue
Angel’ which will also appear on his next CD “EGP – Electric
Guitar Player” which is due for release late 2002.
Touring around the Country with great success solo “Tribute
To The Shadows”.
He was also guest performer at
the Frankston International Guitar Festival in March playing
before thousands of guests and hosting two Clinics filled to
the brim with eager fans. The Festival also gave Phil the
opportunity to showcase ‘Blue Angel’ – a guitar he assisted
Luthier Ray Berketa of Berketa Guitars to build.
2002 - April and May toured in
Italy, and Kuala Lumper where he performed with younger
brother Tommy in a showcase event to literally thousands of
2003 – Released
“Electric Guitar Player”
2008 - People’s Choice Awards –
Musician of the Year.
2011 - Undertook a reunion tour with his brother Phil.
With brother Phil elevated to the Roll of Renown.