Duncan Phillips is a Melbourne-based Scottish singer-songwriter. 

The Long Stand

The Story

Hailing from Scalloway, a small fishing village in the Shetland Islands, north east of Scotland, Duncan Phillips is an emerging talent on the Australian music scene. As an original songwriter he found the perfect outlet for his music in the Melbourne venues and the public radio stations the city has to offer.

Duncan had the good fortune to grow up in a house where music was an important part of everyday life. His mother was the booker for the world renowned Shetland Folk Festival and his stepfather fronted Shetland’s number one blues/rock band. He picked up his first guitar aged eight and by fourteen was taking part in local gigs and festivals. 

Influenced by the likes of Tom Petty, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle and John Martyn, Duncan has enjoyed success on the Melbourne live music circuit and nationally broadcast radio stations including PBS and 3RRR.


Over a two year period Duncan recorded his debut album with producer Alics Gate-Eastley at Alics’ Appleby Studios. The album “The Wilderness” features tales of love, loss and hope with Duncan's pop-infused Americana style.

Duncan is back in the studio with his new album due for release in 2020. 

The Duncan Phillips Band Lineup  

Duncan Phillips ~ Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin and harmonica

Zac Watson ~ Bass

Chelsea Allen ~ Drums and percussion, backing vocals


Photography: Jo Howell