Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Albert Lee was ......

..... great the other night.

But I'm not downhearted.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

60s Live at the Vic

The pics for the first club night are to be found on the new web site which is here:

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

NEW "60's Live at the Vic" web site

Under construction here:

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Rare guitars found after 50 years (from

The guitars were made during 1958-9 by Jim Burns and Alan Wootton
A collection of rare British-made electric guitars has been discovered in the basement of a house in Cheltenham.

The Supersound instruments came out of a brief partnership between Jim Burns and Alan Wootton during 1958 and 1959.

Guy Mackenzie from West Cornwall, who bought the guitars, described them as "the holy grail" of his collection.

"I don't actually play," he said "but I just love them in the same way that people collect old paintings even though they can't paint."

Mr Mackenzie heard about the find from a friend who knew he collected "weird and unusual" guitars.

"As soon as I tracked down these ultra-rare instruments - apparently some of the very first made by UK legend Jim Burns - I just had to meet the owner," he said.

They comprise an important, but hitherto virtually unknown chapter in UK guitar-making history

Guitar expert Paul Day
"I discovered he'd bought them from Alan Wootton's son several years ago and had kept them virtually untouched ever since."

Jim Burns' guitars have been played by pop groups and stars including The Shadows, The Searchers, Slade and Queen's Brian May.

"Musicians who play them now include Andy Bell of Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and The Kooks," said Mr Mackenzie.

Paul Day, guitar expert and author of "The Burns Book" on Jim Burns and his guitars said: "In nearly 50 years of playing, working on and writing about the electric guitar, this is the first time I have actually seen one Supersound instrument, let alone 12.

"These are among the earliest electric guitars and basses from any British builder and therefore comprise an important, but hitherto virtually unknown chapter in UK guitar-making history."

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Golden Classics

Just had an email from Keith Abott - one of our regulars at VSL - to inform me that he will be appearing at Billy Row Club on Saturday 11th April 2009. Keith, formerly of the Golden Years, has recently formed a duo with Ed Armathwaite and they will be performing loads of old favourites from the 50s 60s and 70s.
So if you are looking for somewhere to go on Easter Saturday this is the place to be.