Phil started his musical career playing local acoustic clubs in his native Hertfordshire, writing his first songs and honing his stage skills. Playing since he was 8 years old he started with banjo, ukulele and finally found the guitar – he ate, slept and breathed music. And he practiced daily such was his drive to be better. After years sitting watching and learning from great players he finally began to tread the boards himself. He quickly gained a reputation as a fine 12 string and 6 string player and his original songs were attracting interest. Soon he was performing at music clubs across Hertfordshire London and then he got a lucky break playing at a Johnny Cash concert (the guy who was supposed to appear was sick!) As Phil says you can be good at your job but being lucky helps a lot. He went on to join the legendary Heart and Soul Studios music collective in East London. The studio became the breeding ground for some of the biggest names in the business at the time as well as a ‘nursery’ for new performers. And then he hit the studio and then the road. The live performance is his natural stamping ground.
Over the next few years he became in demand as a performer and session guitarist and a singer with a few musical luminaries, until he started touring across Europe performing his own original songs as himself! He toured the USA, Scandinavia and Europe. His next big break came when he was asked to become lead singer for the reformation of iconic band The Animals and soon he found himself playing to a 100,000 strong crowd in Red Square Moscow. He went on to found London’s iconic 12 Bar Club and more festival work followed (his first album project Storm Warning specifically being sold at European Festivals) He formed The Phil Ryan Band and played at various venues and festivals across Germany including the world renowned Schlachthof in Munich and the Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg. Right now he’s delighting audiences in London with a new show entitled ‘An Evening with Phil Ryan’ a night of stories and songs and his songs are being taken up by new artists across the coming year. Go see him play you won’t regret it.