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CHAIN LIVE (1969 - Festival)
TOWARD THE BLUES (Gold Album twice) - CHAIN (1971 - Infinity)
CHAIN LIVE AGAIN (1973 - Infinity)
TWO OF A KIND - CHAIN (1974 - Mushroom) With Pee Wee Madison and Mojo Beaufort from the Muddy Waters Band.
PHIL MANNING - LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND (1978 - Polygram) Featuring Midge Marsden
OZ BLUES - Matt Taylor & Phil Manning (1980 - Full Moon)
IT'S BLUES - (Limited Edition) (1988 - Tamborine Music)
LIVE AT STORY BRIDGE - PHIL MANNING (1990 - Tamborine Music)
CAN'T STOP - PHIL MANNING (1992 - Tamborine Music)
THE BACK SHED - PHIL MANNING (1994 - Tamborine Music)
TWO ROADS - PHIL MANNING (1998 - Tamborine Music)
THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS - CHAIN (1998 - (Forever/Tamborine)
MIX UP THE OILS - CHAIN (1999 - Forever/Tamborine)
TAKE NOTE - PHIL MANNING (2000 - Tamborine Music)
MIGRANTS DANCE ( Blackmarket 280.2)
Plus numerous other singles, compilations, recording sessions etc.
Recording Sessions:
Renee Geyer, Margaret Roadknight, James "Pee Wee" Madison and Mojo Beaufort (from Muddy Waters Band), Digby Richards, Brian Cadd, Kamhal, Bobby Bright, Marcie Jones, Ray Burgess, Frankie Davidson, Lee Sappho, Shirley Strahran, Warren Morgan, John Paul Young, Dutch Tilders, Farmer John, Allison McCallum, Malcomn McCallum, Allison Durban, Young Talent Time, Russell Morris, Lisa and David Scembri, Matt Taylor, Jim Keays, Moir Sisters, Maria Forde plus countless advertising projects and background film music.



It is impossible to talk about blues music in Australia without Phil Manning being mentioned in the first sentence.

Since the late 60’s Phil has been at the forefront of this genre as well as exploring other styles widely. His ability to absorb other styles and craft them to suit his personality has made him one of the truly unique performers of his time.

A founder & continuing member of the now legendary ‘Chain’, Phil Manning has long been regarded as the most effective blues guitarist produced in this country as well as a fine session player.
(Chain are the only blues band to ever have a number one (‘Black’n’Blue’), they also had a number two (‘Judgment’). ‘Toward The Blues’, their 1971 album went double gold).

As a solo performer in the acoustic sphere, Phil has also been ahead of the game as one of the first electric gunslingers to begin working in both realms before ‘unplugged’ became the catch phrase.

As well as headlining his own shows he has toured with a remarkable number of artists including Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Albert Collins, Freddie King and dozens of others to the most recent Doobie Brothers Down Under Tour this year.

Ireland is included every year in his extensive tour schedule where he is rapidly becoming a favourite at the festivals there.

He has received great accolades from radio from the south of the USA to the Netherlands, Germany and to diverse regions as Russia, Israel, Portugal and Italy.

His latest CD ‘The Essential Acoustic Collection’ on Blackmarket Music, features titles from some of his previous albums, and is a powerful and compelling statement about the depth of his music, his songs and the quality of his guitar and vocal performance.

His solo work has gone from strength to strength with uncompromising musical integrity, & his unquestionable talents on guitar are matched by his songwriting finesse & a keen perception of stylistic purpose.

Although his music is much more than blues, those roots are evident throughout his songs.

However, in form typical of all great bluesmen, Phil Manning is best witnessed in live performance. It is here the sheer artistry of his work shines through & it is for this his audience loves him.

“…an Australian national treasure…can play the hell out of an acoustic instrument so good that it leaves you breathless…” – Folk Roots magazine, U.K.