Young guitarist is on the way to stardom

Nine-year-old Toby Lee from Bloxham is an internet sensation after a video of him playing was viewed more than 750,000 times. NNL-141219-151605001
Nine-year-old Toby Lee from Bloxham is an internet sensation after a video of him playing was viewed more than 750,000 times. NNL-141219-151605001

A guitar protégé is taking the internet by storm – and he is only nine-years-old.

Toby Lee lives in Bloxham and was given a ukulele by his grandmother when he was aged four. Now he plays guitar and regularly posts videos on his Facebook page as he jams along to such artists at Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

One particular video has been viewed more than 750,000 times.

His father Terry said: “It is quite amazing really. When Toby was given a ukulele when he was younger he took it everywhere with him and played it until the strings broke.

“You often hear of children not enjoying practising their musical instruments at home, but with Toby we have to tell him to stop playing. The whole family loves music and we would love to see the video reach one million views. I’m seriously proud of him.”

After being taught in Bloxham by music teacher Guy Houchen for six months, Toby was bought his first electric guitar in 2011 and then went to the Witchwood School of Rock near Witney, where he now has one lesson every Sunday with teacher Aldie Chalmers before he has band practice every Thursday.

The nine-year-old, who goes to school in Kenilworth is also looking to enter into the Banbury Young Musician of the Year competition which is a popular event organised by the town’s Rotary Club.

Mr Lee added: “Witchford is a fantastic set-up for Toby and the guys there put so much effort in. Most of the children write their own songs right from day one so there are no cover songs.

“He is really enjoying it as he is playing with other like-minded kids who love music. It is like he is in his own little world when playing.”

Despite Toby’s young age, his ambition is to go into the music industry and his dream guitar is a Stevie Ray Vaughan Fender Stratocaster SRV.

To view the video of Toby playing guitar visit https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1176232729087748