Pop veteran still rocking 50 years on

Joe Brown. Photo: Judy Totton.
Joe Brown. Photo: Judy Totton.

AFTER five decades in the music business, it’s easy to understand why rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown remains one of the only original British guitarists left standing.

The well-known Cockney musician is as busy now as he ever was, with more achievements than you can shake a drumstick at.

After all, this is the man the Beatles supported, who stole the show at a tribute concert to his friend George Harrison, who gained a standing ovation from Jeff Beck, Joe Eliott, Richard Crawley and others when he received Mojo magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. His ‘Best Of’ album achieved a Gold Disc, and his services to music were recognised with an MBE.

And with a busy 30-date spring tour about to start, plus his 30th career album coming out in June, the chirpy 70-year-old is showing no signs of letting up – or indeed throwing in the towel.

“When I’m always asked that I always come back with the same answer, why stop doing something you enjoy, if you can still do it?” explained the versatile entertainer, who is equally at home playing the mandolin, fiddle, ukulele and banjo as he is electric and acoustic guitar.

“Especially when you’ve a set-up that has taken so many years to build-up. It’s a proper show, what we’ve got, and you get to the point where it’s rolling beautifully along. It’s not like the old days when I had to cart my own amps about and get into cars with a load of smelly men.

“I used to hate those nightclubs and now I don’t have to play them, so I don’t.”

Nowadays, Brown mainly concentrates on theatres up and down the country, and his shows are usually sell-out affairs. He’s played Glastonbury, Cropredy and other festivals, headlined Trafalgar Square and joined Status Quo on their Arena Dates.

And on Monday March 12, he will be returning to Buxton Opera House.

“This theatre is one of my favourites. I always look forward to this gig. I would probably imagine that they are probably used to us by now,” said Brown, who will be performing with his five-piece band which includes his son Pete.

Fans can expect a special performance, with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with his effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences. And look out for some songs from his forthcoming album, which are sure to go down a storm.

l Joe Brown will be appearing at Buxton Opera House on Monday March 12, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £22 and £24, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.