Norfolk guitarist Oli Brown’s New Zealand charity gig

A Norfolk musician is jetting back to the other side of the world this month to perform in a charity concert for earthquake victims.

Guitarist and singer Oli Brown played in New Zealand last summer during a four day blues festival which featured stars including Slash from Guns n' Roses.

Now he is set to repeat the 24-hour 12,000-mile journey for a benefit gig raising funds for people hit by the recent earthquake.

Organisers, who are hoping to draw 15,000 people to the event at Taranaki, called 21-year-old Oli in the middle of his European tour asking him to return.

Father and manager Graham Brown said: 'He had such a good time out there and got such a good reception Oli had no hesitation at all in saying 'yes'.'

Oli from Sco Ruston near Coltishall who first learned guitar at Broadland High School is the only international guest at the event on March 25.

The gig comes in a busy year which has already seen him head as far as Tel Aviv to do a concert,

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He is also recording sessions for the BBC radio shows of Paul Jones and Bob Harris, and is set to sign a deal with a new American booking agent aimed getting him more concerts in the United States, Canada, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In April he is starting his 22-gig UK tour on April 1 at the Maddermarket in Norwich, and also calling in at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on April 16.

The songwriter is also penning new material for a third album to be recorded towards the end of the year.

Oli has a new band line-up with well-known local musician Ron Sayer from North Walsham on bass and Wayne Proctor from Nottingham on drums.

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