Jo Burt

Jo Burt

Guitar player returns to original tunes

Jo Burt, who toured with Black Sabbath, plays his own music

Born the son of one-half of a piano-playing duo, Jo Burt was destined for a career in music.

At age five, he and his cousin performed showtunes on piano for his parents’ guests. His mother was a dancer and his father was one of The Burt Twins, an identical piano-playing duo.

Burt, who later toured with Elton John, Brian Setzer and Black Sabbath during the Eternal Idol tour, taught himself to play rhythm guitar at age 12 on an instrument he got as a Christmas present.

Paying gigs throughout his teen years led to an invite to play on The Troggs tour of the U.S. and involvement with the Tom Robinson Band, where he earned dozens of songwriting credits on the band’s multiple albums.

His session work includes spots with Freddie Mercury and Bryan Adams’s band.

Throughout his successful career, Burt always wrote his own music and focused primarily on that in the past six years. He describes his sound as rock and spaced-out folk-esque tunes.

After fatherhood, Burt’s priority became his family and his two sons. It wasn’t until he was sure his family was stable, grounded and thriving that he decided to hit the road again with The Sweet and tour.

Once the tour was complete, he decided to tour again, this time focused on his own music and sharing it with fans.

Burt performs at Diners Rendezvous July 20 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $20/advance; $25/door. Please call 250-740-1133.

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