“Tchavolo Swing” live at 30/90

“Atlanta blues” live at Circle Bar

My Bleeding Heart ( Trinity Artist Series)

Spider Dance ( Tiny Desk Contest)


Phil ‘the Tremolo King’ Vanderyken  is a musical polyglot, a wandering bohemian soul whose music reflects his meandering life. Born in Belgium, Phil has made his home in New York City, Austin, and now New Orleans.

His  band  “the New Orleans Eclectic Ensemble” features various combinations of sousaphone, upright bass, marimba,  fiddle, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, guitar and vocals , playing a repertoire ranging from trad to gypsy swing, klezmer or the occasional Turkish tune.

Phil and band have played the Palmer Park Arts Market, Bach Around the Clock , New Orleans Museum of Art ( NOMA) , Trinity Artist Series. and  Live at Aloft.  Phil has performed solo at Songwriter’s Night at the Foundation Room ( House of Blues).  They’ve also played at various local venues like 30/90Apple Barrel, Rare Form, AllWays Lounge, Casa Borrega, Balcony Music Club, Tiptina’s, Siberia, Mahogany Jazz Hall, and more. They performed monthly for a year-and-half at the now-defunct ‘Tip’s on the Tarmac”music series at the Louis Armstrong Airport. 

Phil is working on finishing up a brand new CD, entitled “St Joe’s Pawnshop Orchestra” recorded at Listen Up! Studios with some of the musicians who have been in his band for the last two years. A more pop-oriented CD called “Summer Songs for the Apocalypse” is in the works as well, recorded at Phil’s home studio with guest musicians.

Phil’s songs combine a European sense of melody and drama with various forms of roots music found in New Orleans’ eclectic music scene. The many characters and hairy situations encountered during the travails of a struggling immigrant musician provide a never ending source of inspiration.

Phil’s first CD “A Man…A Mood…A Guitar” was recorded in NYC with members of legendary ska band the Slackers. His second CD “11” was recorded in Austin and New Orleans and got nice reviews and airplay in the US , UK and Spain.

Phil has released several music videos. His most recent one, “the Wolf”, recorded at Bear America Records and filmed with an all local cast, follows the hijinks of the proverbial “wolf” ( he’s always at the door!) portrayed with hilarious abandon by local legend Johnny Rock.

Phil has shared the stage with the Dapper Dandies, Renshaw Davies, Blind Texas Marlin, This Stunted Sextette, the Wasted Lives, Natalie Mae Palms, Vic Ruggiero, and many more. He has played gigs in Belgium, Berlin, New York City, Austin, Los Angeles, and Phil the Tremolo King and the Eclectic Ensemble are ready to amaze, intrigue and entertain audiences at your venue.


“In a world where unique artists come along every day, Phil the Tremolo King is actually the real deal.”

Sam Flintlock, Drunken Werewolf, UK

“Phil’s new video Night Bus [directed by Brett Davey] is a dark, brooding track, melancholy and haunting. Beautifully shot.”

Lisa Jenkins, God Is In the TV, UK

“With a voice that is rough, yet as smooth as cigarette smoke in the moonlight, Phil The Tremolo King brings a stripped down sort folk pop that is truly hard to come by these days. “

Ron Trembath, Sgt. Sparrow Magazine

“Covering not only ambient site-specific narratives, Phil The Tremolo King stitches together child megaphone Dada, reverent bayou blues and quivering Chris Isaak presence, to produce an unassuming little masterpiece.”

Dominic Valvona, God Is In the TV ( review of CD “11”)

Career Highlights:

Phil’s original musical theater piece “When Books Begin to Burn” had a 3 day run at Mary Majak experimental theater space in New Orleans, with actors accompanied by the New Orleans Eclectic Ensemble.

Toured the Southwestern US by train,  aboard the Amtrak Sunset Limited traveling from New Orleans to LA in an adventure dubbed “the Tremolo Train Tour”, financed by a succesful kickstarter campaign and filmed for a future documentary.

Performed twice at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Sculpture Garden in City Park, New Orleans.

Played monthly at the “Tips on the Tarmac” concert series organized by the Tipitina’s Foundation at the Louis Armstrong airport for a year and a half until the series’ end.

Directed music video for his song “the Wolf”.

Performed at Trinity Artist Series, Bach Around the Clock, and Bastille Day Celebration at Trinity Episcopal Church for three consecutive years.

Wrote an original score for “Flushed” a 5 episode comedy web series directed by Carl Johnson.

Contributed track “Ride Grim Reaper Ride” to the annual WTUL compilation “Songs from the Basement Vol 11”.

Appeared as himself in the independent feature film “Simple”, put together and played guitar in the house band for independent feature “the Victory Lounge”, both directed by Miceal O’Donnel.