The Birthday Celebration
Documentary, Concert, Album
After working for over 50 years as one of the most respected guitarists in country and rock music, finger-picking virtuoso Albert Lee embarks on his anniversary project in the run up to his 70th birthday in late 2013...
This ambitious project will be a combination of three elements; the first ever Albert Lee documentary, a special anniversary concert featuring guest artists, and a brand new solo album.
The documentary is already well underway, and a whole host of musicians - past and present - have been more than happy to sit down and chat about Albert Lee; a man widely regarded to be one of the best guitarists in the world.
And you're invited...
Get regular updates, interview clips, behind the scenes footage and special member offers as the project develops.
Cadogan Hall, London
1st & 2nd March 2014
Albert's anniversary concerts at Cadogan Hall were proudly brought to you in association with Strings & Things, the UK distributor of Albert's Ernie Ball Music Man guitar.
Albert performing with The Low Riders.
It truly was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime event, and a stunning tribute to one of rock 'n' roll's best-loved personalities, Albert Lee. Artists poured out in their droves to celebrate by playing on stage - appearances from Dave Edmunds, Chris Farlowe, Chas and Dave, Shakin' Stevens, Bill Wyman and many more marked the concerts as two very special shows. The atmosphere was incredible, relaxed and most importantly, fun.
Albert was backed by Andy Fairweather Low and his band The Low Riders for half of the evening, whilst the remaining set was taken by his U.S. band who flew over especially for this monumental occasion. Birthday messages from Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton and James Burton flashed up on the screen between covers of Lonnie Donegan, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. The evenings ended with all the stars gathered on stage, Albert presented with a birthday cake. A truly unforgettable experience for all involved.
A whole host of musicians, past and present, friends and musical colleagues of Albert, joined him on stage at the Cadogan Hall anniversary concerts to celebrate his amazing career. Here are just a few of the world-renowned artists that made an appearance...
One half of English musical duo Chas & Dave, Hodges is a bassist, piano player and vocalist, who met Albert back in the days of The Thunderbirds and was founding member of Heads, Hands and Feet.
Dave, along with musical partner Chas, make up the rock 'n' roll duo Chas & Dave, known for hit singles "Rabbit" and "Ain't No Pleasing You". They have a new album out, entitled "That's What Happens"
It was during the seventies with Rockpile that producer and guitarist Dave invited Albert to guest on his version of Hank DeVito's "Sweet Little Lisa", which has since become a fan-favourite on Albert's live sets.
Best known for his involvement in the Rolling Stones from 1962-1993, bassist Bill Wyman has since gone on to form his own successful franchise, "The Rhythm Kings", featuring the likes of Georgie Fame.
A co-founder of "The Rhythm Kings" with ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman, guitarist Terry Taylor become known internationally in the latter half of the 1960s as the band leader of the group Tucky Buzzard.
Drummer for Bill Wyman's "The Rhythm Kings", Graham's work has appeared on Top 10 hits for Bucks Fizz, Tina Turner, and he joined Roger Waters' "Bleeding Heart Band" for The Wall Concert in Berlin.
A platinum-selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter who holds the distinction of being the UK's biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s, Shaky has charted 33 Top 40 hit singles in the UK alone.
American guitarist Elliot is best known for being a session musician with popular artists. Randall played the well-known guitar solos from Steely Dan's song "Reelin' in the Years" and Fame.
Doña has performed all over the world as a keyboard player and vocalist with legendary artists like Keith Richards, Buddy Guy and her idol and former Chuck Berry sideman (and father of rock 'n' roll piano) Johnnie Johnson.
Best known for his #1 hit single "Out of Time", blues and soul singer Chris Farlowe has been a major player in British rock 'n' roll, and hired Albert as lead guitarist for his band The Thunderbirds back in 1964.
English singer-songwriter Ralph McTell has been an influential figure on the UK folk music scene since the sixties. Albert toured with the Everly Brothers in the eighties, for which Ralph played as support.
British pianist, composer, arranger and record producer of popular music, Brian is perhaps best known as the drummer of the UK rock and roll group, The Shadows, with Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard and Bruce Welch.
One of the first generation of British pop stars emulating American rock 'n' roll, English singer-songwriter Marty Wilde made famous hits such as "Sea of Love" and is father to pop singer Kim Wilde.
English guitarist and songwriter Bruce Welch, along with school friend Hank Marvin, met Cliff Richard at the 2i's Coffee Bar in London where Albert played in the sixties. They would go on to form The Shadows.
Jane’s reputation as an outstanding fiddler, both on stage and in the studio, has grown on both sides of the Atlantic, playing a range of styles from traditional Irish through rock & pop to blues, country and beyond.
Famous for touring with Neil Innes in his touring ensemble of the fictional Beatles parody The Rutles, Mark also plays with Cliff Richard's backing band and with The Shadows.
Emmy-award winning composer for TV and film John Altman is also a skilled saxophonist and arranger, notably his association with Monty Python and arrangement of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".
For the Everly Brothers reunion tour back in the eighties, Hot Chocolate bassist Phil Cranham was recommended to Don and Phil, and they would tour with him and Albert on and off for the next 18 years.
Swedish celebrity pianist and composer Robert Wells has played to audiences in their tens of thousands in prestigious venues around the world, and has filled the Royal Albert Hall many times over.
Lars is the bass player of Robert Wells Rhapsody In Rock - a touring circus mixing classic music and rock that has become an institution in Sweden - as well as touring in his jazz trio "Robert Wells Trio".
Roine is the drummer for the "Robert Wells Trio", a jazz and boogie-woogie three-piece featuring Swedish piano star Robert Wells. Roine also featured in Wells' touring musical "Rhapsody in Rock".
John 'J.T.' Thomas
Former keyboard technician for Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby has referred to J.T. as “the greatest keyboard player in the band", and he currently plays keys in Albert's official U.S. touring band.
Bassist in Albert's American band, Will’s pure talent and versatility have earned him spots working with the likes of the Pretenders, Pat Boone, Corey Stevens, Excene Cervenka and Timothy Leary.
Jason Harrison Smith
Albert's U.S. drummer, Jason Harrison Smith is a versatile performer who has had played with the likes of John Jorgenson, Julia Fordham, Paul Reiser, Five For Fighting and Paul Keneally.
One of the first truly great British rock guitarists, Joe Brown is a highly regarded figure in the world of rock 'n' roll, performing ukulele and singing “I'll See You In My Dreams” for the finale of the Concert for George.
Gary US Bonds
American rhythm and blues singer-songwriter Gary U.S. Bonds began his career during the formative years of Rock and Roll and his influence continues to this day.
Andy Fairweather Low
One of the UK's best guitar players, Andy has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and was invited to play on stage with Albert at the Concert for George in 2002.
Bassist Dave Bronze has played alongside Eric Clapton at "Live in Hyde Park", the "Concert For George", and currently tours with good friend Andy Fairweather Low's band "The Lowriders".
On saxophone and clarinet, Nick is a member of "The Lowriders", and has worked with the likes of Gary Moore, BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins, on Roger Chapman's 'Shortlist' as well as Chas and Dave.
Paul Beavis has been playing drums professionally for twenty five years, during with time he has work with Judie Tzuke, Robert Fripp, Russ Ballard, Leo Sayer, Thea Gillmore, Andy Summers and Toyah.
Off The Cuff (EP)
To coincide with Albert's 70th Birthday Concerts, he has recorded a live EP at Craxton Studios in North London, consisting of three tracks - "Hey Doll Baby", "Skip Rope Song" and "Well...All Right".
This EP serves as a taster for Albert's upcoming solo album, and features unplugged covers of classic rock 'n' roll hits with just Albert, his guitar and a piano. A special version of the EP was included with every programme sold at Albert's 70th Birthday Concerts at Cadogan Hall.
"Off The Cuff" will be available to download in the Members Area of the Club from 10th March 2014. Please click here to find out how to join today.
Official album release date and availability to be confirmed.
Huey played with Albert on Dave Edmunds' Rockpile sessions in the seventies.
Reuniting powerhouses of recent music history, this upcoming film documents Albert's illustrious career in music, and gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into his touring and performing, being described, now in his 70th year, as "the best he's ever been"...
Click below to see interview clips from the likes of Jools Holland, Marty Wilde, Chris Farlowe, Andy Fairweather Low and many more to come.