Meet Thor Phillips, the Australian singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso, who’s powerful performances are stirring-up storms across the nation.
A professional musician for over 12 years, playing guitar and supporting artists in the blues, rock, country and folk scenes, Thor has recently been stepping into his own force.
His new self-recorded, self-produced album, Higher Ground (released September 2018), is his second full album; showcasing a musical style that is rich and varied, with songwriting that goes straight to the heart.
Thor’s music refuses to be pigeon holed; most call him ‘Alt. Country’ or ‘Roots’... but with a nod to folk, a stomp of bluegrass, and dusting of Americana.
What sets Thor apart is his dynamic energy, his confidence with the guitar, his rich voice, and his willingness to be both powerful and vulnerable within the same song.
Thor’s audience - from the small halls on dirt country roads, to the mains stages of city music festivals - connect with his integrity and depth.
They are songs that stay with you long after the guitar strings have stopped humming.
has performed at:
• Tamworth Country Music Festival 2018, ‘17, ‘15, ‘14
• Ballina Country Music Festival 2017 and upcoming 2018
• Broadbeach Country Music Festival 2017, ‘15, ‘14, ‘13
• Jacaranda Festival (headline for upcoming ‘18 festival)
• Bluewater Country Music Festival 2017, ‘14, ‘13
• Dorrigo Bluegrass Festivals 2017, ‘12
• Blues on Broadbeach Festival 2014
• Karuah Bluegrass and Folk Festival 2013
• Gympie Muster and Woodford Folk Festivals (guitarist)
• Urban Country Music Festival 2014
• Performance at National Rodeo Finals, Gold Coast 2014
Other performance highlights include
Arts in The Olives Festival (QLD)
Big Scrub Bush Bash (NSW)
Q-Song Music Awards
Regular performances at Casino RSM, The Rails (Byron Bay), The Byron Bay Brewery, Dorrigo, Armidale and Macksville RSL’s
And many, many more
Born and raised in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Thor’s musical roots took hold in the red dirt of country and blues. He first picked up a guitar at age 4 and this was to be the beginning of a life long relationship with music.
Over 12 years professional performing experience has seen him play guitar for many artists, from golden guitar winners, to Aussie rock icons but more recently has been working on his solo career; singing, songwriting and establish a name for himself as a talented multi-instrumentalist.
A qualified tractor mechanic and jack-of-all trades, Thor also spent four years serving in the Australian Army. He now lives with his wife and high-school sweetheart, Jasmine (who also performs by his side in duo and band shows) and their three young children in the beautiful Northern Rivers of NSW.
Thor is also an experienced sound engineer and producer, recording albums for several independent artists through his studio, Ridgeline Recording.
In 2013 he released his first independent album ‘Home Grown’ on which he played all instruments, recorded and produced each track.
And in September 2018 he followed up with his second album. Higher Ground; also self recorded and produced.
In 2017 and 2018 he has performed more than 150 live gigs each year, from small halls in country towns to big city stages.
He performances are attention grabbing, full of integrity and honesty; whether he performs solo, with Jasmine as a duo, or with his experienced band members behind him.
Thor has also also been recognised as a talented song writer, with his song ‘Freedom Now Begins’ (co-written with fellow country singer Adam James) nominated for best country song at 2010 Q-Song Awards.