“Electric fingers on acoustic guitar” – Blues Deluxe
A veteran of the music industry in Australia, Phil Manning has been at the forefront of blues and roots style music for over 4 decades, first coming to public attention as a member of the now legendary “Chain’, a prominent Rock/Blues band of the sixties and seventies, which still performs to this day.
Throughout his career Phil has displayed great talent on both the electric and acoustic guitar, absorbing influences from folk, blues, country and world genres and crafting them into his unique style.
His energetic playing and relaxed delivery have made him an engaging artist who presents both traditional songs and a wealth of original music, much of it based on his personal interpretation of the many recurring themes in blues and folk history.
He has recorded many albums, both ‘Solo’ and with ‘Chain’, as well as countless recordings with other artists as a session player. As well as the blues/roots guitar influence in his recordings there is a large element of the ‘Singer/Songwriter’ within his CDs, revealing a great sense of lyricism.
He has toured widely throughout Australia and New Zealand, appearing at hundreds of festivals and venues, as well as touring to festival and clubs in Ireland, UK, Vietnam, Cambodia and even Bali.
Within Australia he has toured with or supported more international artists than seems possible and the list reads like a who’s who of rock and blues royalty.
A highlight of 2017 was performing on ‘Guitarra’, a national Australian tour with flamenco maestro, Paco Pena, classical masters the Grigoryan Brothers and jazz great, Jim Pennell.
Phil Manning is a consummate live performer and it is here that he shines.
“…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.