Born in Kingsville Ontario, his musical career started from childhood as part of a musical family singing traditional and folk songs. His first real taste of the rock and roll life was touring around Canada (Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec) as part of White Widow. The next four years were spent studying English at the University of Windsor all the while developing a loyal following as a key member of Vagabond. After graduating with a B. Ed. and a teaching certificate, Phil grabbed his backpack and guitar and headed overseas. He traveled throughout Europe, Asia and Africa where many nights were spent making music in everything from pubs, to a fireside in a Bedouin camp on the edge of the Dead Sea. Phil's nomadic lifestyle finished, he settled in Korea and taught English for a year. Eager to see and experience new lands and cultures he accepted a position as an English teacher in Colombia where he taught and played in a local band (TMO) for three years. His travels have led to a diverse appreciation in music and culture as well as a fluency in 3 languages.
Phil has had the opportunity to open for such acts as: Kansas, Quiet Riot, Herman's Hermits, The Monkees, Rik Emmit (of Triumph), Foghat, War, Blues Traveller, and Honeymoon Suite. He has played on stage with the Odds and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Phil plays acoustic guitar in a solo performance, and he plays drums and sings in a 70's funk/ R&B/ Motown group called 'the Bomb Squad'. Recently he plays in a trio called 'PB&J' (Phil, Brian and Joel). He is known for his vocal range as well as range in musical styles. He can adapt to any room and entertain any audience.