Phil Manzanera


OK, so hands up who is hung-over or, at least, uncomfortably bloated from scoffing so much yesterday…

Whether you had too much to eat or drink, we hope it was worth it and that you enjoyed your day with your loved ones around you.

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people across thirteen countries. Do take a moment to remember them on this the first anniversary of the disaster. Tens of thousands of survivors are still living in tents whilst they await construction of some 80,000 new houses.

Many thanks to everyone who has made a donation to Crisis – at David’s request – in exchange for viewing the ‘Island Jam’ video. The people who will benefit from the money raised are very grateful to you all, as is everyone involved in Thank you so much for caring.

Incidentally, you only have until midnight (UK time) tomorrow to see David’s exclusive ‘Island Jam’ – if you haven’t already seen it – so be sure to visit to catch a rare glimpse of David in the studio and to hear some superb blues guitar-playing. David is jamming with Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (on keyboards), Guy Pratt (on bass), and Ged Lynch (on drums). Don’t miss that.

Another of Polly’s fine photographs, this time of Phil Manzanera, the well-known and critically-acclaimed musician/producer who played lead guitar for Roxy Music. Prolific as a solo artist, he has – unbelievably – released almost an album each year since 1975’s ‘Diamond Head’. He co-wrote ‘One Slip’ from Pink Floyd’s ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ album, and David contributed to his 2004 album, ‘6PM’, on the tracks ‘Always You’ and ‘Sacred Days’.

Biographies on all of the artists involved in ‘On An island’ coming soon. To find out more about Phil, visit his website at

Enjoy Boxing Day, whatever you plan to get up to.