He’s starting to become a familiar face and voice around these parts.
Back in the North Okanagan from jolly, old England, evergreen rocker Jo Burt is performing a number of local dates with his band, the Jo Burt Experience.
Best known for his incredible history working with musical legends such as Freddie Mercury, The Troggs and Black Sabbath, Burt has been working as a songwriter, bassist/guitarist, and singer for the past 40 years.
Now touring with his Experience, Burt first brought his unique “Anglicana” sound to Canada on a hugely successful tour of B.C. last year and returned for a quick tour this past spring, which included some stops in the North Okanagan.
This current two-week summer tour will see even more shows around B.C.
“I am absolutely buzzing with the reaction we have been getting this summer. Everyone seems to love the new material combined with some old favourites that we throw in. The band is really tight and everyone is on top form,” said Burt.
Besides crossing the pond, Burt has been busy at home putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album. The album was recorded by heavyweight producer Chris Kimsey, who has previously worked with The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Peter Frampton, and INXS, at Olympic Studios in London.
Besides some of the new material from that album, Burt will also perform tunes from his current album, Seven Seeds, which is available on iTunes.
With a writing style based on his background of rock, with a southern style influence and a very English Beatles-esque twist, Burt is said to be a hypnotic performer.
“He draws in his listeners with tales from his recording and touring past, and tells gripping and intriguing stories through his songs,” said local music promoter Kath Raeber, who has Burt performing at the Back to Earth Music Festival this Saturday.
“His warm and enthusiastic approach never fails to endear him to his audience and the connection and friendship with his band is equally apparent as they clearly thrive on performing Jo’s music.”
Originally created two years ago as a songwriting development tool, The Jo Burt Experience has become a well-known live act playing festivals and venues around the U.K., Europe and North America.
For this tour the Experience includes Burt’s wife Antonia, along with Vernon bassist Barry Lamb, guitarist Paul May (of the Legendary Lake Monsters), and drummer Dan Oldfield.
The Jo Burt Experience plays an intimate show at Vernon’s Headbones Gallery on Old Kamloops Road Thursday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available for $20 in advance at the Bean Scene and at the gallery.
The band is at Lorenzo’s Café in Ashton Creek, east of Enderby, Friday at 8 p.m. Cover is $15 and reservations can be made by calling 250-838-6700.
The band also headlines the Back to Earth Community Harvest Festival in Lavington Park Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation.
The band caps off its B.C. tour with a performance at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/general, $23 students/seniors and $84 for a group of four. Call 250-766-9309 to reserve.