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 Gram Parsons and Wilco, Duncan founded Duncan Phillips & The Long Stand in 2013. The band enjoyed success on the Melbourne live music circuit and nationally broadcast radio stations including PBS and 3RRR.


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

Duncan is back in the studio with his new album due for release in 2019. 

The Lineup  

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

Alics Gate-Eastley ~ Bass and backing vocals

Andy Boyle ~ Keys

Gary Watling ~ Lead guitar

Tim Burnham ~ Drums and percussion


Photography: Jo Howell