Stacy Phillips - Dobro & Fiddle performance and instruction

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A Brief Biography

Stacy Phillips is an internationally acclaimed resonator guitarist and violin player. He has performed with the top acoustic musicians over the world. He has three solo albums and is featured artist on the Grammy award-winning album The Great Dobro Sessions. Stacy is the author of over 25 books and DVD's on various aspects of his chosen instruments.

I currently play with:

The AfroSemitic Experience , a six piece group performing jazz approaches to the sacred music of the African and Jewish diasporas
Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard Duet , an acoustic duet playing Americana and original music (from jazz and originals to Caribbean and Hawaiian).
Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters , a five piece acoustic band featuring some of the best acoustic musicians in Southern New England on banjo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, guitar and bass.
Three Finger Poi, authentic Hawaiian music from traditional chants to modern tunes (from a trio to quintet with one or two vocalists and authentic hula dancer Hawaiian guitar and ukulele available for our performances)
Heroes of Tradition, with Phil Zimmerman, playing old time country music, mostly fiddle and guitar, but we like to add stuff on dobro, mandolin and banjo.
Stacy Phillips and Joe Gerhard, performing American and Irish traditional music. Two masters of these styles trading tunes and insights into the relationship between the the music of these two countries.
The Fascinating Swivets, contra dances with Ellen Cohn on piano and either Jocelyn Pleasant on percussion or Gary Wikfors on mandolin.

For more information about booking these groups, please contact me at
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Some quotes about Stacy Phillips

"Stacy Phillips is one of the hottest pickers around."
- - - Guitar Player magazine

"The best jazz dobro player you've ever heard."
- - - All About Jazz on line magazine at

"Stacy Phillips hits almost every high point on this new release ("From the Inside), from klezmer to Hawaiian to bluegrass to Western Swing. This album is just damn beautiful, and if I don't write about it here, you may miss it. Phillips has a masterful touch on one of my favorite instruments. . . Listening to this album is like listening to Gabby Pahinui, or Mississippi John Hurt, or your favorite gentle, totally fluid, totally present practitioner of American roots musics. [GRADE: A+]" - - -The Klezmer Shack (on line album reviews) at

"Stacy Phillips playing is compelling and moving."
- - - Acoustic Guitar magazine

". . . the fretboard finesse of the sublime Stacy Phillips."
- - - Monday Magazine (BC Canada)

"among the most imaginative and innovative dobro players"
- - -SingOut magazine

"innovative, imaginative,and impressive"
- - - Down Home Music Newsletter

"Outrageously delightful Dobro playing. Exquisite playing. . . lightening fast and tonally immaculate."
- - -Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

"Resophonic guitar virtuoso. . .stretching the stylistic limits of his instrument."
- - -Dirty Linen - folk music magazine

"Stacy Phillips, his resonator and a slide that just blaze against an already brilliant backdrop. You'd swear the man articulates his own self through that instrument for how he makes it talk and sing. Even when it's joyful it's nearly wrenching for how deeply it moves."
- - - Touring the Indies web site -

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Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard (photo: Catherine Lendler)
Here are some video clips of Paul Howard and myself. This one is Blue Prelude.

Hawaiian Medley

Flambee' Montalbanaise

Wild Horse

May Day

Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters

Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters

Walking Boss

Walls of Time

You've Been a Friend to Me

Buffalo Skinners

AfroSemitic Experience (photo: Kathleen Cei)

Stacy Phillips & Joe Gerhard

Stacy Phillips and Phil Zimmerman (photo: Marcia Goodman)

Three Finger Poi (photo: Davis)

Here are links to video clips from a recent Three Finger Poi performance

The night before recording the Great Dobro Sessions CD

Yes, asleep on stage, with Way Out West in Vancouver, WA

photo: Marcia Goodman

photo: Marcia Goodman

For those interested in such things: after many years of playing a ca.1932 mahogany dobro, I now alternate between a mahogany Scheerhorn resonator guitar and a Mike Auldridge model made by Paul Beard. Both are great sounding instruments. I use D'Addario phosphor bronze strings gauged 17-18-26-39-49-59.

I have been using a steel bar made by Nigel Sinclair of Victoria, BC, Canada, but I'm liking a new one made by Ron Tipton of Owensboro, KY. He's planning to make a new batch which is great news. When things get hairy in the key of Bb I use a Tipton capo. I trek down to Paul Beard in Hagerstown, MD when I need work done on my guitar.

I use an AudioTechnica condensor "button" mic that Tim Scheerhorn rigged up with a mini-gooseneck that attaches to my cover plate. On the Scheerhorn I have a Schertler contact mic/pickup attached to the underside of the spider and use a stereo cord to go through a Fishman blender. On my Beard I have a Fishman piezo pickup with an Aura box. I almost always use the microphone or the pickup, not both.

For custom electronics work for my dobro and violin I rely on Clark Huckaby ( whose ability and high level of care about his work I can vouch for. Check out some of the custom work he did for my instruments at his web site.

On fiddle I use D'Addario heavy Helicore strings and a Baggs in-bridge pickup. My 5 string violin made by Jon Franke of Monroe, OR. is a beautiful adult toy. I use Helicore mediums on it except a heavy C string on this instrument.

I have a German Pernambuco bow but when battling bluegrass banjos I use my trusty Coda carbon fiber bow.

When I need an amplifier I use an Fishman Artist Loudbox. It's lightweight, considering its power, and I don't need a preamp for my violin.