Phil has been a professional musician since graduating from Trinity College of Music, London in 1976 and Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.
Paying his dues as a freelance timpanist and percussionist with orchestras and West End theatre shows, drummer with big bands, dance bands, jazz groups, pop groups and rock bands, Phil eventually landed the post of musical director for several notable soul artists.
Providing his expertise for such US greats as Ben E. King, George McCrae, Junior Walker, Sister Sledge, The Four Tops and The Temptations, led Phil to create his first theatre show, The Carpenters Story. Inspired by the success of The Carpenters Story, Phil formed The Illegal Eagles in 1997.
Phil, Janey and their son, Christian, now run Tabby Road Studios at their Lincolnshire home, recording choristers from Lincoln Cathedral, bands and solo artists.
They are proud of the studio’s successful teaching practice, which has helped countless young people achieve spectacular results in both piano and drums. The Illegal Eagles albums have also all been created at Tabby Road.
Every August, Phil and Janey present Tabbyfest, a rock festival held in their grounds (see tabbyfest.co.uk), featuring a line-up of 20 or so acts, with the Illegal Eagles and the Carpenters Story regularly featured on the bill.
Professionally, Phil now devotes his touring time exclusively to The Illegal Eagles and The Carpenters Story.
Phil’s favourite between-tours hobby is camping with his family.
Phil plays DW Collectors, Series Drums and Istanbul cymbals, Natal congas, Nord Stage Piano and Roland VK70 Drawbar Organ.