Phil Donnelly

Session Guitarist, Bassist,

4 Reviews
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Multi Genre, Multi Instrumentalist and Producer, with professional level recording studio. Reference: Nathan East- First Call L.A Session Bassist “I look forward to hearing more, you sound amazing, and to do all that on a four string fender bass, congratulations!”

The main focus of my creative activities was working with International Pop and Country artists as a Bassist/Guitarist and MD.
My main achievements to date have been working with Nashville artists, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson (American Young), Lainey Wilson, Julia Cole, Olivia Lane,and others.
These achievements have allowed me to play at some amazing venues and festivals such as
The O2, Bush hall, Under the Bridge, Brixton Academy,Glastonbury (Pyramid Main Stage), Country2Country (BBC Radio 2 Stage), Latitude Festival, Liechtenstein Country festival, Holland Music festival, Norway Blues Festival,Saint Moritz Blues Festival.
Away from pop and country artists, I have also completed work with the following UK orchestras; London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO), Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and others.
I completed work with the LCO for a TV broadcast part of BBC proms. I was a guest of the orchestra playing electric bass and Moog, for a performance of the Clint Mansell film "Moon".

Along side this, I run a studio “Arnos Groove”
This has been a vital tool as my role as a collaborator. It has allowed me to write, record with such artists as, Matt Cardle, Grammy award winner Jim Lowe (producer), American Young and most recently Mercury Prize Nominee Anna Meredith, who recorded parts of the nominated album in my studio.

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4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Ian Whitehead
    by Ian Whitehead

    Phil is a great asset to have on any recording/writing session. He’s fun to hang with as well as being a fantastic musician. Phil also brings a wealth of technical knowledge, being very well versed in Logic and recording techniques. He also has a great hat collection.

  2. Review by Andra Vornicu (Violin)
    by Andra Vornicu (Violin)

    Phil is an exceptional all rounded musician who will undeniably bring your track to life through adding his lines or even mixing/producing it.
    I've been working with Phil for a few years now in sessions, theatre shows and even got to play his own string arrangements - I strongly recommend his musicianship input.

  3. Review by Amy Bird
    by Amy Bird

    Phil is great to work with. Being an excellent multi-instrumentalist, he’s super useful and great fun to play with.
    As a singer, he really listens to you when accompanying too and has excellent ideas when collaborating in songwriting sessions.
    His studio is BANGIN’ too, plus he will always provide tasty treats, which is top priority when you’re doing a session! Would 10/10 recommend to a friend/musician!

  4. Review by Jamie Hutchinson

    Phil is just the best musician and person you could hope to work with. As a string player, it's a pleasure to float on top of his rock solid guitar and bass tracks. He's super speedy and organised too.
    He has incredible ears and can sort out any arranging, mixing, you name it really... a deeply impressive individual!


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  • John Mayer
  • James Taylor
  • Earth
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Gear Highlights
  • Coles
  • Vintage D12
  • Neumanns
  • Vintage AKGs
  • Vintage Vox AC30
  • Ampeg
  • Fender Super Amps
  • Vintage Fender Champ
  • wide selection of vintage and modern guitars and basses. A 200 year old french double bass and a modern double bass made by Thomas Martin
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