Phil Palmer

Session man

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About Session Man

“Session Man is a great read for anyone who has more than a passing interest about rock and roll life in the music industry…”

During Phil’s career he has experienced the explosive growth and decline of the industry, yet has managed to stay front and centre in a cut throat industry where you’re only as good as your last gig. From humble beginnings as the nephew of Ray & Dave ‘The Kinks’ Davies, this is Phil’s tale of how he grew to be one of the most in demand prolific guitar players in a career spanning 6 decades. This book details his journey throughout the heyday of music’s greatest period of expression and gives an honest behind the scenes reflection of what it was really like to grind a career out in the business.


Phil Palmer

Guitarist, Producer & Musical Director

Phil Palmer is a world renowned session guitarist, producer and musical director with a career spanning 50 years. Phil has featured on more than 5000 songs, 500 studio albums and over 50 number one singles worldwide. He has collaborated with artists such as Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Frank Zappa and has toured the world with some of the biggest and best bands of a generation including Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Tina Turner, The Who and George Michael. Phil has played to TV audiences of billions during high profile events such as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee ‘Party at the Palace’ and the London 2012 Olympics. Phil was chosen as the Musical Director for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Fender Stratocaster guitar ‘The Strat Pack’ which was held in 2004 at Wembley Arena in London.

Some from the old flickbook…

A Thousand Words

Life’s not slowing down

Recent Projects

Phil continues to be in demand for the highest level musical projects worldwide. Here’s just a small taster of things he has been up to recently…

Zero settanta – Volume Tre

Phil has been co-writing, arranging and producing 8 songs on the new Renato Zero album, which was at number 1 by lunch time on the day of its release!

Renato Zero

Phil has been busy as Co Producer, songwriter and guitarist on the Italian King of Pop’s latest album ‘Zero il Folle’.

Trevor Horn

Trevor’s latest album ‘Reimagines the Eighties’ heavily features Phil on the guitar and Phil has been out on the supporting tour across the UK alongside many famous faces.

Dire Straits Legacy

The Dire Straits Legacy project was born from the love and respect for the music of Dire Straits, and to bring the music to fans by some of the people that made it. Their original album ‘3 Chord Trick’ is out now.

Who you gonna call?

Session Work*


Remote and studio based session guitar recording




Touring Sideman


Musical Director

*Due to Phil’s very unpredictable and busy schedule, it might not be possible to accomodate some projects and he may not be able to respond to all enquiries.


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