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6,299 guitarists play Hendrix in Poland, fail to break record

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Paweł Kononczuk 02.05.2017 08:10
A mass gathering of guitarists failed to beat the Guinness world record for ensemble guitar playing when 6,299 musicians got together in the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław to play Jimi Hendrix’s hit “Hey Joe” on Monday.
Guitar players gather in Wrocław. Photo: PAP/Maciej KulczyńskiGuitar players gather in Wrocław. Photo: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński

The gathering, which included American guitarists LeBurn Maddox and Greg Koch, and popular Polish musicians Jan Borysewicz and Grzegorz Skawiński, came short of the 7,356 record set last year at the annual Thanks Jimi Festival, a tribute to the legendary rock musician who died in London in 1970.

The first Thanks Jimi Festival in 2003 saw 588 guitarists turn up in Wrocław’s market square for the event originated by musician Leszek Cichoński after he once found himself on stage playing Hendrix music with 17 other guitarists at a blues workshop.

Past guest musicians at the festival have included American guitar virtuosos Al Di Meola and Scott Henderson and the British band Status Quo. (str/pk)

Source: TVP Info

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