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The world's youngest guitar phenomenon to Blues Heaven Festval in Frederikshavn
He has been released from school so it is true: 12-year-old Toby Lee guest performer at the Blues Heaven. Who is he? Yes, a boy from Wroxton near Oxford in England with a C.V. that an adult musician would feel envious.
Toby Lee has performed with many of the greatest artists and on some of the most watched TV shows. Initally, the 12-year-old did not have time to come to Frederikshavn because he was going to take part in a TV recording but the Prime Time ITV channel moved the recording date and instead, Toby Lee flies to Frederikshavn with the parents Terry and Tracey.
There have been countless television appearances in both England and the United States for the highly talented Toby Lee, who for the first time, will be on the European continent for his first trip to Frederikshavn.
Toby Lee has performed with Walter Trout, Fairport Convention, Bernie Marsden and The All Star Band from B.B. King's Blues Club as well as the top performer in Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey's Litle Big Shots TV show, with over 10 million viewers. Toby's performance is shared onFacebook and YouTube and viewed by 61 million people.
It all started when Toby, as a 4 year old got a yellow and green Ukulele from his grandmother. He played and played and played until all strings were gone and the instrument worn out. At 8, he got his first electric guitar, it was on Christmas Day where the little boy celebrated the holiday season at the hotel with his parents. On the same day the guitarist from Uriah Heep, Mike Box, who also stayed at the hotel was immediately taken by Toby Lee's guitar playing and today acts as Toby's mentor. Toby wanted to be introduced to guitar riffs from Hendrix, Vaughan, King and many others, and he soon learned to play as the best did.
The first time the world first caught sight of Toby Lee was when the young boy recorded a "Get Well Soon" jam and posted it on B.B. King's Facebook page when King was seriously ill. Unfortunately, B.B. King died a few days aber, but Toby Lee received a personal thanks from the master's two daughters and his video greeting has now been seen over 50 million times.
Toby Lee has had one of his videos shared by Joe Bonamassa, who calls him a "Future Blues Superstar" and later they have got to know each other personally. The young guitarist has already released his first EP "Ten" which was produced by Laurence Jones, who has won the Britsh Blues Awards 3 times, and has also performed live with Toby.
The meeting with Toby Lee will be an extra gib from Blues Heaven to the audience who will see, hear and experience the 12-year phenomenon in different contexts.
Besides playing in different setups with the stars at the festival Toby will also be a part of the event on Saturday morning “Talking Blues – Brunch” hosted by the charismatic American bluesman Big Llou Johnson. This is where the audience can sit with Toby Lee, Wee Willie Walker, Rick Estrin and Kid Andersen. Toby
Lee will also be part of the jam session at the festivals official Juke joint, “Freddy’s Bar” from 12:00 – 14:00.
And when Toby Lee comes up to the adult class in a few years, you'll be able to say:
"I saw him for the first Time at Blues Heaven".