Phil Emmanuel

Phil Emmanuel – Thunderbird Legacy

For ONE night only, a magnificent collection of Australian musical talent celebrates the music, and the life,
of guitarist Phil Emmanuel, and the posthumous release of his final recording, Thunderbird Legacy.

Brother and famed international guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel, said he was excited about the release of his brother’s album.
“I think Thunderbird Legacy is Phil’s best work and I know his fans, and guitar fans, are going to love it too,” Emmanuel said.

In 2017, Phil Emmanuel hit Diamond Valley Studios with his band, guest guitarist Jacob Funnell and producer/musician Parris Macleod. The eclectic session included favourite tunes, cinema themes, and new original songs. The result was Thunderbird Legacy, finally mastered by Don Bartley the day before Phil sadly passed away in May 2018. The guitarist had been excited about the recording and had been planning future productions.

On Wednesday 24 April, Thunderbird Legacy will be officially released with a spectacular concert event, featuring an extensive line up of some of Australia’s finest established and emerging musicians, paying tribute to the much-loved guitarist.

Phil’s former studio band, and a selection of special guests, including daughter, singer-songwriter guitarist, Jesse Emmanuel, all feature in the star-studded concert line up. Joining the bill are many of the young guitarists mentored by Phil during his long career. A special set of guest players together with Phil’s band will bring to life the music of Thunderbird Legacy.

Producer and musician Parris Macleod said the show would demonstrate an extraordinary depth of Australian musical talent.

“We will have amazing young guitarists, one after another, taking to the stage,” Macleod said. “Phil’s generosity, and the time he would give to young and promising guitarists, was second to none. It’s no surprise that many of these amazing players are achieving so much. I believe the state of emerging guitar talent in Australia owes a large debt to Phil’s passion in inspiring young musicians.”

The final word belongs to his brother.
“I’m looking forward to this launch and this chance to hear this work, live and played faithfully by his friends and peers, who I know put their heart into the music. This will be an amazing night, an authentic tribute to his legacy, and I look forward to seeing you all there in Nambour,” Tommy Emmanuel said.

The event will be staged live at Nambour Majestic Cinemas and Event Centre on Wednesday the 24th of April and will be streamed live into various venues including Brothers Leagues Club Cairns on Wednesday the 24th of April and the album Thunderbird Legacy will be available to purchase on the night.

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