American-influenced Phil Tree began his music career playing keyboards and singing for the flower power group 'The Orange Garden' in Germany.

He later returned to Germany with the soul band 'Whiskey Mac', performing at the Star Club and the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, both made famous by The Beatles.

On return to the UK, Phil played in several local bands before joining Mike Sheridan's Nightriders band on bass and vocals. 

Following this, he formed the group 'The Poorboys' with ex Idle Race member Dave Pritchard, which recorded sessions for Radio 1, and featured on the Brumbeat album 'Live At The Barrel'.

After this, Phil joined the 'infamous' Belch, which included Jasper Carrott, Tony Iommi and Bev Bevan. The group played some memorable gigs including the NEC and a TV broadcast of 'Jasper Carrott Live'. 

During his work with his bands, Phil has performed with Roy Wood, Nigel Kennedy and Kim Wylde.  Phil has also had the dubious honour of playing alongside Bev Bevan on Jasper Carrot's 1975 top 5 hit 'Funky Moped', providing bass and vocals.