Sunday 24 September 2017

Guitarists urged to join record bid

Musicians of all ages and abilities can be a part of Britain's biggest ever band for the Guitars on the Beach event in Dorset in September
Musicians of all ages and abilities can be a part of Britain's biggest ever band for the Guitars on the Beach event in Dorset in September

Thousands of guitarists have been invited to come together this summer and help set a new record.

Musicians of all ages and abilities can be a part of Britain's biggest ever band for the Guitars on the Beach event in Dorset in September.

Organisers want at least 2,000 guitarists to set a British record for the greatest number of guitarists playing one song altogether at the same time.

Already more than 1,000 musicians, including The Stranglers' Hugh Cornwell and Paul McCartney and John Mayer's lead guitarist Robbie McIntosh, have signed up for the event and organisers want even more to take part.

Those assembled, including teen bands, housewives and fishermen, will play Buddy Holly's Rave On, on what would have been his 77th birthday.

Geoff Baker, who quit his fishmonger job in order to organise the event on Lyme Regis beach, said: "I just reckoned that there are thousands of people, mainly blokes, who have always dreamt of being in a band just the once, and I figured well then why not be in Britain's biggest?

"The idea has touched a pulse and we've got guitarists coming from all over England - London, Bristol, Manchester, you name it - who want to be able to say that they once played in Britain's biggest-ever band."

Dorset-based Mr Baker, who was Paul McCartney's PR chief for 15 years, dreamt up the event after discovering that there was no existing record for Britain's biggest band.

Other countries, including America, Germany and Poland, have set national records but Britain has never competed before. "In 2009 in Luckenbach, Texas, they set a US record with 1,857 guitarists all playing simultaneously and that's the number we're aiming to beat," he said.

Mr Baker is now taking lessons to master the three chords of G, C and D for the song.

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