Blown it! Johnny Thirkell
Blown It! is a unique informal interactive evening of outrageous, hilarious story-telling, embarrassing photos of moustaches and horrific fashion faux pas, beautiful live performance and many chances to let light in on the magic of some of the favourites from your record collection.
You won’t have heard of Johnny Thirkell. You wouldn’t recognise him in a line up! He can walk into any pub unnoticed but is on just about every song on the jukebox – you will have sung along with him many times in the car, had him as your first dance for he has been trumpeter of choice to the biggest names in music.
Blown it! is an unbelievable tale from miner to major…imagine Billy Elliott if he couldn’t dance but played trumpet!
Having played with David Bowie, Tom Jones, George Michael, Tina Turner, The Who, Barry White, three of the Beatles, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Sting, Bon Jovi, Queen, Eric Clapton, Wet Wet Wet, Rick Astley, Lisa Stansfield, Level 42, UB40, Swing Out Sister, ABC, Seal and even the Nolan Sisters… Johnny’s career shows any young musician what can be achieved with hard work, getting on with people and a deep love of music. Johnny is a well-known and much loved character amongst the world’s top musicians – his life playing out like a musical Forrest Gump. He auditioned the Spice Girls in his front room! He’s walked on sunshine, shot poison arrows, found Fast Love for George Michael, helped Ant and Dec get Ready to Rumble and had the world dancing to Uptown Funk! He is even the trumpeter you hear every time you do the conundrum on Countdown! He really is!
He’s spent his life blowing his own trumpet yet nobody knows him!
“Johnny Thirkell is maddeningly talented; funny, clever, handsome, the best damn trumpeter I ever heard, and the only man I know who can wear a beret without making you want to move to another carriage. Heed him, I say!” – Hugh Laurie
“My time with Johnny T. In my band Poor White Trash and the Little Big Horns, John was a little big horn. His stories were always hilarious and his haircuts more so. During our funk filled rehearsals he’d say on arrival “You guys British? Sounds like it”, and when asked to solo he was always on point, on time and on the one… Johnny T in the place to be…” Lenny Henry
“John is the ‘real deal’ a great guy and a fantastic player. Always got a smile on his face and a story to tell to lift the mood if needed. The fact that we left him in Canada for three weeks while his Visa for the USA was updated never dampened his wonderful Northern spirit. Like I said he is the ‘real deal’.” – Rick Astley
Date of event:9th November 2018