Toby Lee

TOBY LEE Live Report

TOBY LEE (born 2005) is a white-hot awesome English guitarist from Oxfordshire. 

Lee appeared on the television shows Little Big Shots and Ellen Show, and has played the character Zack in the musical School of Rock. At eight years old he taught himself how to play the blues. He became a global sensation after playing guitar at BB King’s club in 2015, aged just ten!

The wunderkind played with Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert in 2019 at the maestro’s Tenth Anniversary Concert. When we saw him appear at that show, Lee (described by Bonamassa at the time as a future blues-rock superstar) was just fourteen!

Since his emergence, Lee has garnered over 350 million views on Youtube and gained sponsorship from Gibson Guitars.
Lee won the Young Blues Artist of the Year at the 2018 UK Blues Awards.

Toby Lee, The Brook, Southampton March 2023. Photo Credit: @neilmach 2023 ©

We saw the youthsome pepper-hot string-scorcher play his glinting Firebird at Southampton’s top music venue, The Brook, supporting the amazingly talented Ana Popovic.

His coversongs, like Jeff Healey’s 1998 Juno award winning  ‘See the Light’ contained all the whiffling discontentment, all the keening disillusion, and all the gnawing pain of the original.

Though, it’s often the case that in Lee’s hands, blues numbers turn their backs on the sadnesses that life brings, to become wharling jubilations, songs of breakthrough, and songs of victory against the ills of the world… (oh, how we need that sentiment now!). His songs were of determination & positivity in darkening days. His guitarwork was, of course, ambitious and undefeated, and his vocal was steady and compelling. 

Lee’s power-trio was completed by Sam Collins on bass and Max Williams on drums who provided motive force and kinetic momentum to the overall sound. 

Check out his Split Screen Rock (below) to get the measure of this lad’s talent!

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