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Budding musicians to get a helping hand
10:07am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Lyme Regis
BUDDING musicians in Lyme Regis are set to receive a boost – as the legacy from Guitars on the Beach continues.
The event saw 2,267 guitarists from all around the world flock to the Lyme seafront to be part of Britain’s biggest band, as they joined in with Billy Geraghty and played along to the Buddy Holly hit Rave On.
Geoff Baker, who organised the event, said it brought home to him how much talent the town has.
Mr Baker said: “It is incredibly difficult for young musicians to get into the industry now, because if you don’t look like Rihanna or you don’t look like the next stereotype, record labels won’t take a punt on you.
“Guitars on the Beach really brought it home to me how much local talent Lyme has and it upsets me how difficult it is to get into the music industry, so I thought I’d use my years of expertise and hopefully help them out.”
Mr Baker has a wealth of experience in music PR and has now set up his own company, Blymey PR.
He has worked in the industry for 40 years and used to work as Sir Paul McCartney’s head of publicity for 15 years.
He has worked on 301 of Sir Paul McCartney’s concerts and has worked for the Rolling Stones and Oasis and the Beatles’ record label Apple.
Mr Baker has also worked for the BBC and ITV and has previously offered his expertise to local businesses such as the Town Mill Cheesemonger, The Hub and the Lyme Lympics.
Mr Baker added: “There is more to making it than just appearing on Facebook every now and then and over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade which I’m happy to pass on to those who want it.”
For more information on Blymey PR email Mr Baker on geoffbaker12 @btinternet.com.