Biographical Info Instantly recognisable by his "bedazzled fedora”, ten year old Rory Phillips from Tumut, has been described by one of Australian Country Music’s greats, Bill Chambers (accomplished solo artist and father of Kasey Chambers), as “always displaying a professional enthusiasm way beyond his years, and definitely has a way with an audience”. Rory fell in love with music at a very early age and (some may say surprisingly), it was the music of Joe Walsh (the "Eagles”, “James Gang”), which initially hooked him. Drawn to Joe’s rock and blues guitar sound, Rory was captured by the instrument and consequently, was given his first guitar at age five. Fast-forward to 2015, to an Eagles concert in the picturesque setting of Hanging Rock in regional Victoria, and young Rory shared a moment in time with his idol that he will never forget. Holding up a rain-soaked sign which read, “Hey Joe, I play guitar because of you”, Joe saw Rory’s sign during the final song, smiled and waved at him, then took two guitar picks from his pocket and asked the security guard to give them to him. Feeling more inspired than ever, Rory continued to hone his performance and playing skills, with the dream of one day being able to play like his idol. It is a tall order, but during 2016, Rory achieved a Top 10 spot in the prestigious (open age) Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Competition (an achievement he repeated in 2017), was a featured artist on the Busking Stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest (and in the foodcourt in 2017), and graduated from the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music. He was the youngest participant to do so at each of those events that year. Later in 2016, Rory was invited on stage by Julia Zemiro to perform an impromptu blues number to a packed house at a "RocKwiz Live" show in Albury, which he did to resounding applause and the accolades of the RocKwiz team. He was also named the Primary Category winner at the Australian National Busking Championships in November 2016. Covering “a little bit of everything”, Rory’s influences span blues, country and rock and his performances reflect that. An aspiring songwriter, a full set is often sprinkled with some original tunes and his debut EP (which contains three originals) was released at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2017. Rory has appeared with Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel (named by Australian Guitar Magazine as one of the Top 50 Australian guitarists of all time) and Bondi Cigars front man, Shane Pacey. He has supported Australian country artists such as ARIA nominated Bill Chambers and Golden Guitar winners The Bushwackers, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Catherine Britt, Amber Lawrence and Fanny Lumsden. Rory has shared the stage with former AC/DC bassist, Mark Evans, and has even played the maracas with Carlos Santana at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2017!
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