Phil celebrates 50 years
FRESH from wowing crowds at this year’s Blues on Broadbeach festival, Phil Emmanuel has just celebrated his 50th year as a guitarist. As he prepares to release a new album with fellow guitarist Robbie Bostock, Emmanuel returns to the Coast this weekend, this time for a dinner show at Currumbin RSL. Emmanuel has shared the stage with performers he describes as his own idols – think Eric Clapton and Chet Atkins – and cites The Shadows, The Ventures, Jeery Reed, Dire Straits, Santana, Aldi Meola and Jeff Beck among his biggest influences. He’s toured the world solo, with his own band and as support for acts including America, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Budgie, The Doobie Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Leon Russell, Charlie Pride, Slim Dusty and Smokie. In 2000, he and his guitarist brother Tommy played to a worldwide audience of 4.5 billion people at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.
Phil Emmanuel plays a dinner/show at Currumbin RSL tomorrow from 7pm. Visit currumbinrsl.com.au or call 5534 7999 to book.