HELLO GAYNDAH: Phil Emmanuel (pictured), Pop Standen and Dave Hoffmann were country rock tour guides on Saturday night. July 25, 2014. Photo Shirley Way / Central & North Burnett Times
HELLO GAYNDAH: Phil Emmanuel (pictured), Pop Standen and Dave Hoffmann were country rock tour guides on Saturday night. July 25, 2014. Photo Shirley Way / Central & North Burnett Times Shirley Way

Phil’s ready to rock Gayndah

PREMIER electric guitar player Phil Emmanuel returns to rock Gayndah with keyboard player Pop Standen and saxophonist Dave Hoffmann tomorrow night.

After their first Gayndah gig in July drew an enthusiastic audience, Phil said the trio was primed to reprise its heart-pumping country and rock repertoire.

Phil said his own influences included the "clever writing" of Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and bird songs.

There's a video of Phil online listening to a magpie and copying its song on his acoustic guitar - the inspiration for a song that needs a name.

"Where I was living at the time, I used to feed magpies and currawongs," he said.

"I'm now handfeeding their children.

"I'm thinking of 'Black and White Rhapsody', but it's not right."

The song may be on his album of original music - "EGP" or electric guitar player - due for release next year.

Dubbed "Australia's greatest EGP", Phil will be wielding his favourite axes - a Levinson Blade and a Berketa - in Gayndah.

"The Berketa is locally made in Canberra and sounds like a Les Paul, but not with a college education," he said.

"I drag the Levinson Blade all over the country and it's always in tune."

As to why an electric guitar is called an axe, he offered a suggestion.

"You can cut your way through the rest of the band with one!

"I don't play instruments that people talk over."

The trio play a free concert from 9pm on Friday night at the Golden Orange Hotel-Motel.


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