To deviate from Sting’s 1987 hit, Englishman in New York, there’s about to be an Englishman in the Okanagan, and his credentials are a who’s who of Brit rock.
Known for his southern-style rock with a trippy Beatles-esque British twist, bassist, rhythm guitar player, songwriter and vocalist Jo Burt performs at The Hub Arts Collective on Saturday.
Described as playing “Nashville rock with an English accent,” Burt was the bassist for the Black Sabbath Eternal Idol tour from 1987 to ‘88, and left the band after the tour ended.
A founding member of Sector 27 with Tom Robinson, he and that band supported Elton John and The Police on their stadium tours in the early 1980s. He was also a member of Virginia Wolf with Jason Bonham, and appears on the Freddie Mercury solo album, Mr. Bad Guy, playing fretless bass.
Burt has written, toured, and performed with many other artists, including The Troggs, Brian Setzer, Bob Geldof, Roger Taylor, James Reyne, and The Sweet. He continues to write music and perform regularly with his own project, The Jo Burt Experience.
Burt will be performing with musicians Barry Lamb, on bass/vocals, and Paul May, guitars/vocals, at The Hub. He is making a number of stops while in the Okanagan, including the Back to Earth Community Harvest Festival, Aug. 25 in Lavington Park.
The Jo Burt Experience plays The Hub, located next to the Vernon Towne Cinema, Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.