Roy Orbison Birthday Party @ Gibson Guitar Studio, London - ft Fyfe Dangerfield, Aruba Red, more

Roy Orbison Birthday Party

Press Photo: Roy Orbison Jr., Barbara Orbison, Alex Orbison

Last night Dave and I attended the Roy Orbison Birthday Party celebration at the Gibson Guitar Studio in London.

There was a tribute show in honor of the late singer, with bands and artists performing songs written by Roy Orbison. Barbara Orbison, sons Alex and Roy Jr. along with 19 new artists and friends from around the world celebrated the life and music of one of music's biggest legends.

Barbara Orbison, sons, Fyfe Dangerfield, Tone Damli Aaberge

Roy Orbison Jr., Tone Damli Aaberge (Norway Pop Idol winner), Barbara Orbison, Fyfe Dangerfield, Alex Orbison

Roy Orbison Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

It was a pleasant surprise seeing Fyfe Dangerfield from Guillemots there, who we were happy to share a table with, along with Guillemots drummer Greig Stewart. Fyfe performed a superb rendition of "Only The Lonely".

Fyfe Dangerfield

Fyfe Dangerfield

We took quite a few pictures...I went a little crazy with the camera, but with all the other photographers there taking pictures, it felt natural to join in with the other flashes going off for each act.

Roy's son Alex Orbison MC'd the event, introducing other artists that performed their favorite Big O hits - (in order) Mary N'Daiye, Phil Marshall, Vera Bohl, Findlay Brown, Gary Nock, Ginger Redcliff, Honey Ryder, Kaycee Cole, Reid & Stanners, Netsayi, Smoke Fairies, Tone Damli Aagerge, Peter Conway, Katie Vogel (green eyed monster), Billy Burnett, Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots), Aruba Red, Dave Stark Five, Group - Oh Pretty Woman.

The event was supported by Epiphone in celebration of the upcoming launch the new Epiphone 12 String ‘Pretty Woman’ acoustic guitar - the Epiphone acoustic guitar was originally used by Roy when he penned that song. Other sponsors on the night include BMI, Denzyl Feigelson and his team at AWAL (Artists Without A Label).

Over 30 artists have recorded one of their favourite Orbison songs for an iTunes only album called ‘Roy Orbison Under the Covers’ which will be released worldwide from Monday 27th April, 2009.

Recent boxset Roy Orbison: The Soul Of Rock and Roll is also available on iTunes world wide.

Roy Orbison Official Website
Gibson Official Website

Buy Music:

Roy Orbison on

Roy Orbison on

Mary N'Diaye

Mary N'Diaye - "Oh Pretty Woman"

Findlay Brown

Findlay Brown

Gary Nock

Gary Nock - "You Got It"

Honey Ryder

Honey Ryder - "Love In Time"

Kaycee Cole

Kaycee Cole - "In Dreams"

The Smoke Fairies

The Smoke Fairies - "It's Over"

Peter Conway

Peter Conway - "There Won't Be Many Coming Home"

Katie Vogel

Katie Vogel - “Blue Bayou”

Billy Burnett and Alex Orbison

Billy Burnett (ex Fleetwood Mac) w/ Alex Orbison on Drums - "Ooby Dooby"

Fyfe Dangerfield

Fyfe Dangerfield - "Only The Lonely"

Aruba Red

Aruba Red (Jack Bruce's daughter) - "You Fool You"

After the show Dave, Greig Stewart and I went to a club somewhere in London. Greig and Dave sat in with an impromptu band that included Seb from Keyboard Choir on sax and keyboard, Dave played harmonica and Greig on drums. I wanted to sing, but didn't know how to go about getting the mic away from the singer. Oh well! We ended up at Guillemots studio after a great night of live music, which ended in my first card game of Snap.

Dave Tommo

Dave passed out at Guillemots studio

Photo Credit: Dave Tommo / Jenny May

By: Jenny May -

More music: Jenny May music

Music News Twitter

About Jenny May

Jenny May is the founder of Band Weblogs. Based in Oxford, England (originally from New England), Band Weblogs was created in 2005. With a passion for music, Jenny May has performed with bands in the US and the UK, her music has appeared in films, she was a vocal coach for the Yamaha Rock School and has worked on music projects with musicians such as Jon Fishman (Phish), Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) and Cisco Adler (Shwayze). Jenny is currently writing music commentary and reviews for Band Weblogs and writing, recording and performing music with songwriter and musician Dave Tommo.
This entry was posted in Featured, Reviews and Commentary and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
Subscribe to blog entries by Email | RSS Feed

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>