STRINGS KING: Master guitarist Phil Emmanuel will perform at the Tewantin Noosa RSL.
STRINGS KING: Master guitarist Phil Emmanuel will perform at the Tewantin Noosa RSL. Copntributed

Guitar great rocks up for Coast show

WHILE most kids had their fingers wrapped around monkey-bars, Phil Emmanuel had his around the neck of a guitar, performing for Australia.

Phil spent six years touring the country and playing lead for his family band with his older brother Chris on drums, sister Virginia on lap-steel guitar and brother Tommy on rhythm guitar.

Most commonly known for his role in the Emmanuel Brothers, Phil and Tommy dominated stages with sell-out shows and top-charting record releases across Australia.

Now older, wiser and with the experience of playing beside some of the best in the business, Phil is ready to bring his new band Continental Drift to the Sunny Coast.

Phil says Continental Drift has a focus on playing unique music with guitar-oriented songs.

"The material we're playing is complicated but still appealing,” he says.

"I'd just like to get away from the normal.”

Phil says the band plays everything from rock to Latin and has a knack for jazz fusion.

"It will be a very entertaining night for people and a night of very good music,” he says.

"In my band, I've got another young guitar player by the name of Jacob Fennel and he is a brilliant guitarist - he does a lot of harmony guitar with me.”

Jacob is only 22 but Phil says the lad has plenty of talent for his age.

"I got guitar picks older than him,” Phil says.

Catch the Australian guitar legend with his electrifying new band tonight at the Caloundra Power Boat Club.


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