Phil did his musical apprenticeship in Melbourne in the 1970’s, performing in a myriad of rock and Blues Bands. Musicians from all around the Australia were converging into Melbourne and Sydney, gigs were plentiful. The Musical Companies of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar hit the scene like a bunch of raving gurus, and “they blew us away”.
Lucky Phil joined a band that based themselves at the crossroads, Albury and Wadonga thus capitalizing on the band traffic moving from Sydney to Melbourne.
Alcohol and drugs took their toll; Phil hit the road.
Traveling up the hippy coast of NSW and Queensland, his journey took him to Darwin arriving eight months after Cyclone Tracey.
Darwin was a mess and so was Phil. He Met an old sailor who gave direction back into Phil’s life. He joined the Navy which got him back on his feet, physically and financially. After finding a twelve step program he once again found the spiritual power of music.
Phil started working again in Melbourne doing any gig that came his way. He won major busking prizes in country Victoria and found himself in the studio, with regular work coming his way. Life was good.
Taking a deserving break, Phil, his wife and two small children took a Grey Hound Bus to Far North Queensland. Falling in love with Cairns, the following year they moved there. Finding small and attentive audiences who loved to listen, Phil again found his nirvana.
Working local venues and on many Reef Boats you’ll still find him singing about the wonders that inspire everybody who visits his country, Far North Queensland