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Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are among the stars who have signed a guitar being auctioned to help guitarist Jerry Donahue.
Donahue suffered a severe stroke in 2016 and lost the use of the right side of his body, since when he has been unable to play guitar. That was a particularly cruel blow for a musician regarded by many as one of the most talented ever.
Donahue is perhaps best known for playing with the played with folk-rock groups Fairport Convention and Fotheringay and for his stunning virtuosity on the electric guitar, including bending multiple strings at the same time.
Luke Hobbs, guitar expert at Gardiner Houlgate auctioneers who are selling the guitar, said: "This guitar has been signed by rock royalty. It's like a Who's Who of the greatest musicians the UK has ever produced. They all look up to Jerry. I can’t imagine what it would be like for him not be able to play guitar any more. The project was put together by Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention and Matt Worley [another musician friend of Jerry's]. The proceeds from the sale will go towards Jerry’s rehabilitation. He lives in Los Angleles and medical care is expensive in America.”
The 'signature' model Jerry Donahue Telecaster, made by Vintage guitars, has also been signed by Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler, Richard Thompson, Tony Iommi, Albert Lee and Jeff Beck among many more world famous guitarists, all keen to help their friend and colleague.
It will be sold December 11 as part of Gardiner Houlgate’s guitar auction. www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk