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January 21st, 2011

CD coverSony Music Entertainment Australia is pleased to announce its support for the victims of recent floods across Australia through the release of a special benefit compilation CD “FLOOD RELIEF – Artists For The Flood Appeal”.

The response from both Australian and international artists wanting to lend their support has been so overwhelming that an additional disc was added making it a special 3 CD set. “FLOOD RELIEF – Artists For The Flood Appeal” features 59 tracks over three CD’s and features Aussie artists including Midnight Oil, Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Troy Cassar-Daley, Tommy Emmanuel, John Williamson & Shannon Noll, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, Melinda Schneider,  Lee Kernaghan and Crowded House together with international artists such as P!nk, Keith Urban, Sting, Bon Jovi, Alan Jackson, Kings Of Leon, Beyonce, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw and Jeff Buckley.

Sony Music proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to the Salvation Army Flood Appeal through the charitable arm of the Australian Sony Group of Companies, The Sony Foundation to support young people affected by the tragic floods.

‘FLOOD RELIEF – Artists For The Flood Appeal’ will be in stores from Monday 24th January 2011.

Phil and Tommy Emmanuel in Tamworth 2011

January 19th, 2011


Australian guitar virtuosi PHIL AND TOMMY EMMANUEL are celebrating 50 years of performing together and the Tamworth Country Music Festival got a huge helping of their musical genius.

The brothers were honoured as this year’s inductees to the ‘Australian Country Music Roll of Renown’, Australian country music’s highest honour.

They made several impromptu performances around town, including with The Bushwackers (Tommy was a Bushwacker 1983-84, Phil in 1987) and also Stuie French’s Pickers Night.

The official Tommy and Phil Emmanuel 50th Anniversary Tour concert took place at West Tamworth League Club on Wednesday 19th January and the auditorium was packed with excited fans. Phil’s daughter Jesse Emmanuel opened the show solo with songs from her album ‘Everything I Know So Far…’, soon to be joined by her dad for a number before leaving the stage. The brothers then, Phil on electric and Tommy on acoustic, began a chronological journey through their musical careers, beginning with high energy versions of several classics by The Shadows, including Wonderful Land and Apache. Tracks from their joint album Terra Firma followed, with nods to New Zealand guitar legend Peter Posa (Nashville Express) and their favourite long-haired rocker, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Rondo Ala Turka).

Phil and Tommy Emmanuel

 Tommy Emmanuel with electric guitar

With Phil taking a break, the multi-talented T.E. ALLSTAR BAND joined Tommy onstage, first as backing vocalists for Haba Na Haba from his latest album Little by Little, and then as a full powered musical group for a sweep through Tommy’s early solo hits including Determination from 1991, the title track of the biggest selling instrumental album of all time in Australia. It is rare to see to see him play electric guitar these days and the audience was clearly excited by the sight and sound of his battered old Telecaster. Rock on, Tommy!

Phil Emmanuel

Also from the Determination album came Tommy’s tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie’s Blues, and tonight’s rendition included harmonica played by LUKE DICKENS, who had recently been named the winner of the 2011 Toyota Star Maker competition.

Phil Emmanuel returned to centre-stage for some solo numbers with the band, including a show-stopping version of the operatic aria Nessun Dorma, à la Jeff Beck.

As the show drew to a close with Tommy back onstage and the brothers reunited, they revisited the tune Terra Firma which they previously played at the Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games.

For the final number, they brought back the ‘next generation’ as Jesse joined her dad Phil and Uncle Tommy to wind up the concert, with the over-whelmed audience calling for more. A triumphant night for instrumental guitar music and the two phenomenal Emmanuel brothers.

Phil, Jesse and Tommy Emmanuel

Tamworth CM Festival 2011

January 16th, 2011


Wanita and her Honky Tonk Bar Dwellers @ The Locomotive Hotel