Phil’s ready to rock

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PREMIER elec­tric gui­tar player Phil Em­manuel re­turns to rock Gayn­dah with key­board player Pop Standen and sax­o­phon­ist Dave Hoff­mann to­mor­row night.

After their first Gayn­dah gig in July drew an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence, Phil said the trio was primed to reprise its heart-pump­ing coun­try and rock reper­toire.

Phil said his own in­flu­ences in­cluded the “clever writ­ing” of Mozart, Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach and bird songs.

There’s a video of Phil on­line lis­ten­ing to a mag­pie and copying its song on his acous­tic gui­tar – the in­spi­ra­tion for a song that needs a name.

“Where I was liv­ing at the time, I used to feed mag­pies and cur­ra­wongs,” he said.

“I’m now hand­feed­ing their chil­dren.

“I’m think­ing of ‘Black and White Rhap­sody’, but it’s not right.”

The song may be on his al­bum of orig­i­nal mu­sic – “EGP” or elec­tric gui­tar player – due for re­lease next year.

Dubbed “Aus­tralia’s great­est EGP”, Phil will be wield­ing his favourite axes – a Levin­son Blade and a Ber­keta – in Gayn­dah.

“The Ber­keta is lo­cally made in Can­berra and sounds like a Les Paul, but not with a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

“I drag the Levin­son Blade all over the coun­try and it’s al­ways in tune.”

As to why an elec­tric gui­tar is called an axe, he of­fered a sug­ges­tion.

“You can cut your way through the rest of the band with one!

“I don’t play in­stru­ments that peo­ple talk over.”

The trio play a free con­cert from 9pm on Fri­day night at the Golden Orange Ho­tel-Mo­tel.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

HELLO GAYN­DAH: Phil Em­manuel (pic­tured) will play a free con­cert at the Golden Orange Ho­tel-Mo­tel to­mor­row night.

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