Phil is a passionate musician, songwriter and supporter of original music, its creators and performers. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he has been involved with music in many forms for over forty years, including working in commercial and community radio, touring professionally as a bass guitarist, song writing, mixing live and recorded sound, running song writing contests and founding an amateur musicians support group. Many of these with his musician wife Elaine.
Rewards for his efforts include:
- a category win with co-writers Rick sidgwick and wife Elaine in the Australian Songwriters Association song writing contest in 1994 with 'Witchwood'
- several placings in the Peninsula Folk Club Songwriting Contest - 2008, first with 'Shadows In The Grass' - 2012 third with 'The Joker's Lament' - 2013, first with 'On The Line'
- finalist in the 2013 Roddy Read Memorial songwriting contest at the Maldon Folk Festival with 'For Those Who Inhabit The Grey'
- the pleasure of having his song 'The Mystery' adopted by a school in England
- national New Zealand TV exposure in the 70s for a song written with Maurice Priestley, called 'Smash Your Television'
- not to mention plenty of good music and good times with fellow musicians and friends.
Mostly these activities have occupied his personal life with a regular 'day-time' career in a variety or roles in the IT industry helping to inform his writing, both in song and stories.
With one solo album under his belt and two albums with the contemporary folk band ‘Brightwater’, Phil identifies closely with the larger community of ‘acoustic’ and 'folk' musicians and has gathered or created many useful tips, tricks, ideas and products over the years. This website is intended as a portal to access some of these and also for people to explore his musical and other creative output. As with so many personal websites it continues to be, 'a work in progress'.