All Recordings Now Available on Bandcamp

Now available --Books: Two Volumes of Original Music by Phil Lawrence in Standard Notation

Sliding Scale for Original Compositions

Phil's Music Books of Original Compositions Sample of Volume 1

Read About Volume II (new January 2021) Sample of Volume 2

NEW CD's & Singles

Mandolin Swing Cover Art

Mandolin Swing

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March 2021

Mandolin Heaven Cover Image

Mandolin Heaven

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Blue Fire

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Silent Fountain Cover Art

Echoes of the Silent Fountain

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Mandolin Mezzotints

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Blue Mandolin Cover Art

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Read About Blue Mandolin



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New December 2020

with Special Guest David Grisman

Read About Mandolin Menagerie

Mandolin Mandalas
Mandolin Mandalas  Cover Art

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Summer Song





Sonoma Swing






Original featuring David Grisman


Single/Digital Download or Stream

"The Fires of '17" Song

Fires of 17 Photo

Single/Digital Download or Stream

Single/Digital Download or Stream

With Special Guest David Grisman

When Mandolins Weep

With Special Guest David Grisman

Previous Recordings with Various Bands

It's A Beautiful Day Acoustic

Sample Audios

(Most of which are available on the Mandolin Heaven CD)

With David & Linda LaFlamme from It's a Beautiful Day on Violin & Vocals

Bee Samba

Don and Dewey

Hot Summer Day

When Mandolins Weep

The Purple Rose

Dolphin Song

The Gecko Waltz

God Bless the Child

Palm Swings


Elegy with Valerie Marshall on cello and Sonia Tubridy on piano

Recorded November 2011

Phil Lawrence Plays Mandolin and Guitar

This is Phil Lawrence’s first recording.  It was issued as a cassette in 1981.  It opens with the original composition "Trans Siberian Express", a powerful new-grass type fiddle tune that features Tony Marcus on violin and Jean-Jacques Vergnaud on guitar.  Michael Berst plays hammered dulcimer on "Over the Rainbow" and "Golden Slippers".   Carlos Alden, who now plays with The Celtic Nots, also plays guitar. "Over the Rainbow" and "Tulip Blossoms", an original composition, also appear on the Mezzotint CD.   Recorded by John Blakeley, whose band, The Sandals, performed and composed the soundtrack for the movie The Endless Summer.  John Blakeley also performed with Stoneground, Van Morrison, and he appears in the Martin Scorsese film The Medicine Ball Caravan along with B.B. King. This recording is now available on CD in combination with The Brooklyn Rag.


Listen to Samples from This Recording

Trans-Siberian Express

Over the Rainbow

Golden Slippers

Tulip Blossoms


The Brooklyn Rag

Available Directly from Phil Lawrence

This 25 minute mini-cassette was issued in 1984.  It has five original compositions, all different in style.  It begins with the title track, "The Brooklyn Rag", which again features Tony Marcus on violin.  Bruce Stelter plays guitar and Piper Heisig from Catz and Jammers plays bass and percussion.    The last composition "Esperance" has a chamber ensemble:violin, cello, and viola, providing an classical-sounding background ambience.  The lyrical waltz, "Hava's Tune, also is included on the Mezzotint CD.   Two Latin-style pieces also add flavor to the recording.  Also recorded at John Blakeley's Duncan Street Studio in San Francisco. This recording is now available on CD in combination with the above recording.

Listen to Samples from this Recording


The Brooklyn Rag


Hava's Tune

Spontaneity Thrilled the Cat

(August 2007)

Dalton Dillingham III--6-String Upright Bass
Phil Lawrence--Mandolin/Harmonica
Stephen Tamborski--Guitar/Vocals

  1. Round Midnight  1:48
  2. My Father 5:34
  3. As Time Goes By 3:38
  4. Elegy 4:37 © Phil Lawrence 2007
  5. Fool For a Cigarette 4:24
  6. Bag's Groove 4:01
  7. Europa 3:54
  8. Caravan 5:32
  9. In a Sentimental Mood 7:11
  10. Devorah's Swing 3:47 © Phil Lawrence 2007
  11. East of the Sun 5:54
  12. Ain't Misbehavin' 3:37
  13. Little Sunflower Space Jam 10:31
  14. What a Friend We Have in Jesus 3:12

The DLT 3 Together from 2004-2008

Play It Cool, Play It Hot

(June 2007)

  1. Got Cool Too Soon 3:29
  2. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You 4:15
  3. Queen Bee 2:28 © Phil Lawrence 2007
  4. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans 6:45
  5. Speak Softly 4:18
  6. Manoir de Mes Reves 6:59
  7. Black Orpheus 6:41
  8. Minor Swing 3:52
  9. Willow Weep for Me 5:34
  10. Autumn Leaves  5:49
  11. Dark Eyes 5:00
  12. I'm Beginning to See the Light  4:16
  13. Like Young 6:37
  14. When Mandolins Weep  6:12 © Phil Lawrence 2007


This acoustic jazz trio is Phil’s former musical project from 2005 to January 2009.  It produced two CDs. Play It Cool, Play It Hot and Spontaneity Thrilled the Cat.  The first has 73 minutes of music and the second has just over 70 minutes of music.  Stephen Tamborski plays guitar and sings and Dalton Dillingham III plays six-string acoustic upright bass.    The band plays some original Phil Lawrence tunes and a variety of jazz standards.    The trio formed in February of 2005 in Stephen’s garage studio.  The DLT 3 recorded most of their garage rehearsals and jams and these two CDs represent selections from those spontaneous sessions.     The playing is tasteful and sophisticated.  Dalton has over 50 years of professional experience, having played with Louis Armstrong, Bill Monroe, and Tom Waits, to name only a few.  Stephen recorded with Maria Muldaur and David Grisman on Ms. Muldaur's On The Sunny Side

 Listen to The DLT 3 Jazz Trio

Minor Swing

Manoir de Mes Reves

Queen Bee (Original Composition by Phil Lawrence)

Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You (StephenTamborski--vocals, guitar)

When Mandolins Weep (Original Composition by Phil Lawrence--dedicated to Chip Dunbar)

Elegy (Original Composition by Phil Lawrence)

Devorah's Swing (Original Composition by Phil Lawrence)

Autumn Leaves

Like Young


As Time Goes By

Dark Eyes

Willow Weep for Me 

Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans

View a Video of "Lover Man"

Sweet Amnesia


This cassette features the vocalist Katie Carleton.  Ron Gersten plays guitar and he also composed some of the songs.   This San Francisco based trio played in North Beach cafes in 1986 and 1987 until Katie became ill with bone cancer.  The band continued to record even while Katie received treatments for her illness.    On the opening track, "Reach Across Heaven", by Ron, Katie adds several harmony parts to her melody line; the result is a deeply emotional and beautiful vocal tapestry.  She also adds four part harmony to her version of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." Phil and Katie co-wrote the music to "Mojave Reverie" with Harvey Rich (formerly with Steve Seskin); the lyrics were written by the Grammy Award nominated Roberta Donnay.   They describe a mysterious dream leading the dreamer to an unknown country.  Katie Carleton induces the listener into a mystical trance with her passionate vocals..   Recorded at John Blakeley's Duncan Street Studio. This recording is now available on CD in limited numbers.

Listen to Samples from this Recording

Reach Across Heaven

White Rabbit

Mojave Reverie

Ragtime Annie


This cassette recording features Michael Berst on hammered dulcimer.  It contains old-time American square dance tunes played in a style common Michigan and the Midwest around the early 1900's.   It was recorded in March 1981 and sold on the streets of San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf as Michael and Phil played as a duo.  This is Phil's first foray into professional recording and his introduction to old-time American music.   

Redwood Highway Live at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley (1993)

This live recording features the powerful and melodic country singing of Karin Akin.  Andy Padlo wrote all the original songs and plays guitar and sings as well.   Joe Yamamoto plays violin and guitar and Phil Lawrence plays mandolin and lead acoustic guitar.    It was a privilege working with Karin, perhaps the best vocalist Phil ever had the opportunity to perform with live.   The live audience adds an element of excitement on this recording.    Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers later recorded one of Andy's original songs.   This recording is now available on CD in limited numbers.  

Listen to Samples from this Recording

Love at the Five and Dime

My Baby Thinks He's a Train

Silk and Steel

Silk and Steel

This trio features the singing and songwriting of Susanna Praetzel and her husband Michael Rosloff.  They harmonize together and Phil Lawrence adds lead guitar parts on his Martin D 28 guitar and mandolin solos with his Gibson F2 mandolin.  Phil also plays harmonica on a several tracks.   Track 3, "I Thought I Saw You" has Phil's best recording of his lead guitar work; the guitar lines weave around Susanna's plaintive vocals. Track 1 "Edge of Your Heart" has some powerful rocking leads.  The mandolin solo on Michael's song, "A High Price to Pay" is worth listening to as is the harmonica on "I'd Do It All Again" and "The Quiet Men."   

 Listen to Samples from this Recording

I Thought I Saw You

Edge of Your Heart

A High Price to Pay

I’d Do It All Again

The Quiet Men

Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble

The Rabbi's Farewell


Klezmer music is Jewish celebration music from nineteenth century Eastern Europe that was usually performed at weddings and other festive occasions. Its roots go back further in the past, perhaps as early as the seventeenth century, when many of the melodies were originally solemn liturgical prayers.

The Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, based in Sonoma County, has played a vital role in revitalizing this unique musical genre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul Alexander, who plays the clarinet, is the group's musical director; Sonia Tubridy, a trained classical pianist and director of The Russian River Choir, plays the accordion; Mark Peabody of the Santa Rosa Symphony and founder of the Marin School of the Arts, plays the upright bass. Phil Lawrence plays a 1912 Gibson F2 mandolin.

The CD has eleven traditional Eastern European instrumental pieces, one American Yiddish show tune, and three original compositions by Phil Lawrence. Freilachs, Schers, Bulgars, and Horas are usually lively joyful dance tunes played in two four or three eight time signatures. The CD has two Freilachs, three Bulgars, and one Hora. In addition, there are several slow dramatic melodies that evoke the suffering of the Jewish people and the ardent desire to attain union with God. The Andrew Sisters popularized the Yiddish song, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schein” in the 1940's: here Jubilee renders this tune playfully and with some lovely improvisations. “Devorah's Swing” by Phil Lawrence, incorporates elements of swing and klezmer together; his “White Rose” is an attempt to simulate an Israeli hora; the title track, “The Rabbi's Farewell,” was written by Phil to commemorate his neighbor, Rabbi Michael Robinson, who passed away in 2005. It begins as a lament and then builds to a passionate dance tempo.

Tracks one through six were recorded live in concert in Sebastopol and Petaluma, California in 2003 and 2007. Tracks seven through fifteen were recorded at Mandolinimal Studio in Sebastopol in 2008. Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble has also recorded Chiribim Bim Bam , a collection of Yiddish songs with Alby Kass on vocals, performed live in concert in 2009 at The Petaluma Center for the Arts and at a house concert in Guerneville, California, and Raisins and Almonds from 2003.

Listen to Samples of Recent Jubilee Recordings


The Rabbi's Farewell (Original by Phil Lawrence)

The White Rose (Original by Phil Lawrence)

Freilach #12 (Live Sample)

Khusidelich (Live Sample)

Bei Mir Bist Du Schein (Live Sample)

Tkine Fun Yas Recorded 3-9-08

Video The Nayer Sher Introduction to Live Concert DVD

Video Freilach # 12 Live Concert in Petaluma

Video Meshugge Skocne Live Concert in Petaluma

Video Misirlou Wedding Celebration at the Russian River in Guerneville, Ca

Listen to Selections from the Jubilee Website Here



Chiribim Bim Bam

Alby Kass with Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble

Live Concert of Yiddish Songs


See YouTubes of Alby Kass with Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble in Concert

Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble  Raisins and Almonds


In the summer of 2000 Paul Alexander, the founder of Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, invited Phil Lawrence to join his new Eastern-European Jewish music band.  Phil has been performing and recording with this group since that time and the Raisins and Almonds CD is the result of that collaboration.   The music on this CD invokes the spirit of the Old World Jewish wedding celebrations, with plenty of lively dance tunes.

The band also produced an earlier CD, Mazel Tov.

Sonia Tubridy plays accordion, Mark Peabody plays bass, and Paul Alexander plays clarinet.   


Honoring Life with Jeffrey Jon and the Bear Bones Band


Phil's longtime Sonoma County friend, Jeffrey Jon, aka White Bear, produced this CD of his original songs and Phil plays on two tracks.   


Captivated Heart with Doug Closson and David Rea


Phil plays mandolin on the last track, "The Mary Ellen Carter", of this CD, originally a vinyl LP. David Rea plays guitar on this track; he also composed the classic rock song, "Mississippi Queen." Robin Sylvester, a member of Bob Weir's band, RatDog, plays the bass.


Give Us Gibsons

  Give Us Gibsons plays blues, mellow songs, funny songs, including originals, and songs by Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Jorma Kaukonen and others. Visit our website at http://www.giveusgibsons.com/

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