Keyboard fans have a double treat this week with two performances by the “Welsh Wizard” Byron Jones.
Blackpool Keyboard Club present him tomorrow in concert at its new venue of Bispham United Reformed Church, Cavendish Road, Bispham then he is back for a theatre organ concert at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham on Friday. Both events start at 7.30pm.
Byron was born in 1949 in Risca, Gwent, South Wales - hence the name of The Welsh Wizard.
As a child, he showed great promise on the piano, and then later on the organ. He played in a local church, and developed his style over the years.
Whilst still at school, he played at the local chapel and then progressed to the social clubs of Wales as a teenager, accompanying many of the big stars who came to Wales in cabaret.
He later progressed to the larger clubs, where he would be engaged to play for artistes straight from the London Palladium. Since then, over the last 30 years, Byron has played many summer season shows, made countless radio broadcasts and television appearances, as well as producing his own recordings on CD and DVD.
Byron plays regularly for organ societies the length and breadth of Britain as well as at dance venues for ballroom and sequence dancing.
He is a much-sought-after concert performer giving concerts on many of the cherished theatre cinema organs that have been preserved and held in affectionas well as sampling sample all kinds of church organs when he has the opportunity.
In recent years Byron has achieved an increasing international success, with many new fans in Canada and the USA who look forward to seeing him during his visits there. Never happier than when seated at the console of some of the world’s finest organs, Byron’s music is now appreciated all around the world.