Phil Emmanuel & Band – Free Festival Show
The Sunshine Rock & Blues Festival will be held on the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018. An exciting three day celebration of Australian music, featuring national recording and touring artists, the kind of event which has never before been held in a Sunshine Coast venue.
Phil Emmanuel & Band plays a FREE SHOW on Day Two of the Sunshine Rock & Blues Festival here at the Caloundra RSL. Set to perform at 11.45pm, you’ll find Phil rockin’ the Main Stage.
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.
“Phil’s musical prowess is so astonishing that there are times when the man becomes the guitar and the guitar becomes the man. His passion is illuminating; his ability is breathtaking “While his brother Tommy plays it sweet; Phil plays it from the street” Glenn A. Baker
Whilst most kids were playing childhood games in their backyards, Phil was touring with his family band; at the age of nine he was already working as a professional musician in that band, variously named “The Emmanuel Quartet” also as 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. They travelled Australia for six years (1960 – 1966) playing their favourite tunes, this set the stage for the following years of Phil’s professional career.
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, though it could be said that no formal school could teach Phil what he had experienced whilst touring the country, he had already spent his informative years learning valuable lessons in “The School of Life” The Emmanuel’s first brush with fame came when The Trailblazers won two televised talent contests and were able to produce an album.
After completing his schooling, Phil returned to Sydney where he scored a gig at the Texas Tavern (Kings Cross) entertaining American servicemen, it’s there that he developed his love of American country music.
When: June 23, 2018
Where: Main Stage