Phil Donnelly

Bio / CV

PHIL DONNELLY is a professional musician working in London on shows, gigs and sessions. After finishing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama,  Phil embarked on  the Dreamworks touring production of Shrek The Musical where he was the bassist and cover conductor. Other shows which Phil has been the chair holder for have been The Color Purple (UK premier) and Billie Holiday Story. West End depping includes Viva Forever, Spice Girls, The Commitments, Guys and Dolls, Book of Mormon, Aladdin and Funny Girl. In January 2012 Phil supported Ed Sheeran in his sell out UK tour playing with comedy hip hop band Abandoman.  Phil is the house bassist for London Gay Men’s Chorus, Performance venues include Cadogen Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Grand Opera House- Belfast. Phil is also busy working with a variety of singers and artists in London, where his skills as composer, arranger and producer are called upon.

Current gig/show(s).

Royal Shakespeare Company’s – Much Ado About Nothing/ Love Labours Lost.

Notable musicians/bands/shows you have played for/with/in?

Supported Ed Sheeran, NHS Choir (Glastonbury MainStage), Rachel Tucker, Shrek The Musical UK tour, The Color Purple (UK premier) and Billie Holiday Story.

Which model Overwater bass do you play?

I have two!  
5 string J series, Maple neck, Bartolini and J retro
5 String PJ series, Rosewood neck, with Aguliar Pickups.

Why do you choose to play Overwater basses?

When I was starting out, many  players I looked up to played them, and I always loved the sound. When the opportunity came to own one, I snapped it up before even playing it!
Since owning my J series, I’m yet to find another bass that plays/sounds, responds as well as it does. I love how they sound traditional, but with such high performance build quality. Very stable, great electronics and very consistent. Every time I bring either of my overwaters to gigs I am always certain that the instrument in my hands will respond and never let me down! Constantly being complimented on them – they’re the best!!

How long have you owned an Overwater bass?

I’ve had my J series for 5 years and my PJ for 8 months!