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Phil Emmanuel

An Australian guitarist.

Phil Emmanuel is known as Australia’s Greatest Electric Guitar Player and has a resume of amazing performances with musical legends that any musical enthusiast would envy.

Born into a musical family, Phil and his younger brother Tommy were considered child prodigies.

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 several years.

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.

Phil’s 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”.

2000 saw him performing to a worldwide audience of 4.5 billion at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics with brother Tommy, INXS, VANESSA AMOROSI, SAVAGE GARDEN & MIDNIGHT OIL, but it was the beginning of the ‘forgotten’.
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