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Emmanuel reaches dizzying heights

Emmanuel reaches dizzying heights

Who: Phil Emmanuel Band
Where: Northern Star Hotel
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Thursday June 7, 2001

Phil Emmanuel could count the all of last year as a career highlight.

The electric guitarist performed live alongside brother Tommy in front of a worldwide audience of 4.5billion people during the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

On the same night he shared the stage with other Aussie greats like INXS, Midnight Oil, Vanessa Amorosi and Savage Garden. Emmanuel's favourite personal experience came in July though, when he shared the stage with legendary guitarists like Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana at the NAMM in the United States.

He performs at the Northern Star Hotel on Thursday night.

His versatility as a guitarist has led him to perform with jazz musicians like James Morrison, country stars such as Dolly Parton and Slim Dusty and hard rockers like Jimmy Barnes. But Emmanuel's roots stem back to the classical guitar sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

'I prefer instrumental tunes that defined the sound of the electric guitar when it was a new instrument,' Emmanuel said.

His recent solo releases, Kakadu Sunrise and In The Shadow of the Beatles, contain a number of styles from country rock to blues.

During live shows, he also likes to throw in a bit of Mozart and Stevie Ray Vaughn for good measure.

Now, after performing live for the past seven years, Emmanuel has formed his own band.

Joining him on stage will be Freddie Greensill on drums, Rohan Hems on bass and Julia Parker on second guitar and vocals.

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