Phil's Music Book of Original Compositions

Sample of the Book

Mandolin Heaven Cover ImageMandolin Heaven

Blue Fire CD CoverBlue Fire

w/David Grisman and David LaFlamme


Echoes of the Silent Fountain

Silent Fountain Cover Art
Echoes of the Silent Fountain CD

Traditional Italian mandolin music with twin harmony mandolins, guitar, and upright bass. A tribute to the music of Matteo Casserino and Gino DiMichele

Read About Echoes of the Silent Fountain

Mandolin Mandalas CD

Available @ CDBaby

Free Improvisations in Imitation of Classical Indian Music with Tanpura and Tabla

Mandolin Mezzotints


Available on CDBaby

This downloadable CD has six original acoustic instrumentals by Phil Lawrence. Radim Zenkl, the world-renowned Czech mandolinist, appears as a guest, adding his sublime artistry to the project. Joe Yamamoto from the legendary Japanese band The Nessi Expedition, plays both guitar and violin on this recording. Piper Heisig from Cats and Jammers plays the upright bass. Other guests include Tony Marcus, also from The Cats and Jammers on violin, Jean Jacques Vergnaud on guitar, and Bill Foss on bass. Truly an assembly of some of the best musicians in the San Francisco area, this recording offers a variety of musical genres and styles.

The CD opens with “From the Heart,” an ethereal ballad, followed by “Katie's Tune,” a jazz waltz. “The Watertower” suggest beauty, sorrow, and affection. In “Tulip Blossoms” Phil, Tony Marcus, Jean-Jacques Vergnaud, and Bill Foss take a simple melody and weave complex improvisations in G minor. “Elegy” adds a reminder of sorrow and defiance, with Radim Zenkl, Joe Yamamoto, and Phil Lawrence soloing over a slow minor waltz, and then a rapid rhythmical second part in four four time. “Hava's Tune” is a beautiful waltz in A major. The mandola adds a rich lower harmony to this melody. This CD was recorded in Oakland in 1990, shortly after the earthquake at an eight track analog studio, and in 1981 & 1983 at John Blakeley's Duncan Street Studio in San Francisco. It was mastered by Paul White in Sebastopol. The cover art reveals the true interior of the towers that hold up the Golden Gate Bridge, a secret that only avid mandolin players know, but which we now share with the rest of the grateful world.



Limehouse Blues with David Grisman and Tracy Bigelow

at the Petaluma High School Library

You Tube Videos of Phil Lawrence and his Bands

It's A Beautiful Day Acoustic Sample Audios

w/David LaFlamme from It's a Beautiful Day on Violin & Vocals (Recorded March 2012)

Bee Samba

Don and Dewey

Hot Summer Day

When Mandolins Weep

The Purple Rose

Dolphin Song

The Gecko Waltz

God Bless the Child


Elegy with Valerie Marshall on cello and Sonia Tubridy on piano

Recorded November 2011

Phil Lawrence with The Windshield Cowboys including David Grisman and John Allair "On the Road"

YouTube Video with The Windshield Cowboys


Manoir de Mes Reves Live @ The French Garden 10/25/08 with Paul Gruen, guitar, and Michael Price, bass

Listen to The DLT 3 (Phil's Former Band) Recording from 2005-2008

Minor Swing (instrumental)

Manoir de Mes Reves (instrumental)

Queen Bee (Original Composition by Phil Lawrence--instrumental)

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

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

Elegy (Original Composition by Phil Lawrence--instrumental)

Devorah's Swing (Original Composition by Phil Lawrence--instrumental)

Autumn Leaves (instrumental)

Like Young (instrumental)

Europa (instrumental)

As Time Goes By (instrumental)

Dark Eyes (instrumental)

Willow Weep for Me (instrumental)

Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (instrumental)

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans (instrumental)

Got Cool Too Soon (StephenTamborski--vocals, guitar)

Dinah Audio Recorded Live @ The French Garden 4/11/08 complete with authentic ambient "noise".

Cheek to Cheek Audio Recorded Live @ The French Garden 4/25/08 complete with authentic ambient "noise".

As Time Goes By Audio Recorded Live @ The French Garden 4/11/08 complete with authentic ambient "noise".

Deed I Do Audio Recorded Live @ The French Garden 4/11/08 complete with authentic ambient "noise".

View a Video of The Phil Lawrence Band Playing "Lover Man"


With Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble

Phil's Klezmer Band

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 Meshugge Skocne Live Concert in Petaluma

Video Freilach # 12 Live Concert in Petaluma

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

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Listen to Samples From Phil Lawrence Plays Mandolin and Guitar

Trans-Siberian Express

Over the Rainbow

Golden Slippers

Tulip Blossoms


Listen to The Brooklyn Rag

The Brooklyn Rag


Hava's Tune


Listen to Phil Lawrence with Silk and Steel

I Thought I Saw You (Phil on lead guitar--Martin D-28)

Edge of Your Heart (Phil on lead guitar--Martin D-28)

A High Price to Pay (Phil on Mandolin)

I’d Do It All Again (Phil on harmonica)

The Quiet Men (Phil on harmonica)


Listen to Samples from Sweet Amnesia

Reach Across Heaven

White Rabbit

Mojave Reverie


Listen to Samples from Redwood Highway

Love at the Five and Dime

My Baby Thinks He's a Train


Mandolin Heaven CD