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Simon Phillips Band Creates a unique of blend music that's heavily steeped in virtuoso musicianship and a century of tradition in soul, gospel, finger style, blues and roots, without letting anything too serious get in the way of a really good fun time. The untamed and uninhibited music of this quartet features Savannah Blount on Saxophone, Owen Downie on Bass, Gareth Bowen on Drums and Simon Phillips on Guitar and Voice
Simon has supported Larry Carlton (Session Guitarist for Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson), Robben Ford (played with Miles Davis), Kate Miller-Heidke, Lee Ritnour (Session Guitarist for Pink Floyd for a time), and Australia's own Vince Jones.
Simon grew up in the Southwest region of WA. After obtaining a music degree in Perth and a trip to Brazil to further his studies, he joined the Sydney Latin guitar duo -- Urban Gypsies. The duo busked in streets and market places for two years and recorded the album 'Sauvage' in 2003, which was released by MGM and promoted through SBS and the ABC. The album also received a 3/4 star review in The Sydney Morning Herald.
In 2004 he toured solo around Australia and travelled to Aceh to help out with tsunami relief. Returning to Melbourne in 2005, and having written songs inspired by his travels, he with nothing but a drummer playing brushes, recorded - 'Tuesday Night At The Espy', a live album capturing a performance at the iconic 'Esplanade Hotel', which was released through MGM Distribution in September 2006 to rave reviews.
Now as a result of 'round table' collaboration, in a quartet of wonderful and exciting musicians, THE SIMON PHILLIPS BAND has released a corker of an album, showcasing a style of music that is truly original.
The acoustic guitar, singer songwriter, original, finger style, songs are complimented by funk and soul inspired rhythms giving Simon a unique sound. It is the combination of virtuoso musicianship and contemporary song writing that will set him apart in the present generation of Australian Musicians.
"Quite literally amazing...should be listened to obsessively'' - THE FREMANTLE HERALD, Fremantle
"Phenomenal! I can't recommend this enough. But I can try. Five Stars!" - TWENTY600 MAGAZINE, Canberra
"Phillips' technical ability both as a singer and a guitarist, is perfectly matched by a remarkable breadth of intelligence as a songwriter and lyricist." - DRUM MEDIA, Sydney
"Exhibiting the vocal acrobatics of Jeff Buckley and a song-writing style comparable to John Mayer."
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