Phil started playing guitar at the age of 15, playing lead guitar in cover bands in Queensland, and studying jazz guitar at the Con in Brisbane, before moving to the U.K. at the age of 27. After recording a self funded guitar instrumental CD in Bristol in 1998, he became interested in contemporary folk, and singer songwriters such as Nick Drake and Beth Orton, undertaking a years vocal coaching at the Bristol School of Voice, and starting to write and perform his own songs in and around Bristol and Bath. Moving to Brighton two years later he continued performing and writing at various singer songwriter nights, attracting the attention of a Sony U.K. scout whom a friend brought along to a gig. Declining a financial offer in favour of developing his songwriting without label pressure, Phil eventually moved to London and formed a band, comprising drums, bass, cello and himself on guitar, vocals and mouth organ. Delving more into the alt-country sounds of Ryan Adams, Phil continued playing and developing as a songwriter with his band, before returning to Australia in 2003 for a 6 week break, which turned into a 3 year obligatory stay, due to an illness in the family. Still here now, and influenced ever more by the alt country sounds of Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch, early Dylan, Neil Young, and even Hank Williams, Phil has just started rehearsing a 5 piece band, comprising bass, drums, pedal steel, (mandolin, fiddle, piano), guitar and mouth organ, and started work on a self funded debut album.