It is impossible to talk about blues music in Australia without Phil Manning being mentioned in the first sentence.
Since the late 60’s 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 & continuing member of the now legendary ‘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).
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, both in the blues and rock genres.
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.
He has toured Ireland, UK and done shows in Bali, Vietnam and Cambodia plus many tours in New Zealand over the years.
His latest CD ‘Checkmate Move’ on Blackmarket Music, features an eclectic bunch of new songs and tackles some of the current issues on people’s minds such as climate and the economy.
A highlight of 2011 has been winning two categories at the annual VicTas Blues Awards for Solo/duo Artist of the Year and for Producer of the Year.
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, U.K.