Monday, June 20, 2011
114 hours playing the guitar - Dave Browne
Last week I was in Dublin for the EUNIS conference, extensively blogged about in a different place, and this post is about a great experience we had during the week - watching Dave Browne beat the world record for continuous guitar playing.
here. We watched for quite a while - the music was excellent, and from then on were hooked. Other commitments meant we couldn't return the following night, but after that we were there every night, sometimes till we were thrown out by security staff at 3am. I don't normally drink Guinness, but boy did I drink some pints in that bar!
There was another group of people feeding him bits of chocolate muffins, sweets, giving him water though a straw, mixing energy boosting powders with orange juice and giving his aching shoulders a massage. Another very important role was reminding him to keep playing - you might think that was obvious but he wasn't allowed to stop at all, not to clap with the audience or anything, and you could tell at times that he was slightly spaced out and very tired. Towards the end he was putting his fingertips in a glass of ice between numbers.
After about 5 seconds he carried on, and made it to 114 hours, adding another hour onto the record - you can see him going through that barrier here - and look how much energy he still has.
At this point we thought he'd stop - but he kept going, for another 20 minutes. Eventually he stopped, and was presented with his record. One of my favourite moments was when he was handed the microphone, and came up with the immortal comment - "I'm f***ing knackered".
It was a great achievement, and really made our trip special being part of it. It was an honour to be there at the end. He made the national news, deservedly so. He's a great musician - he didn't just sit and strum but really played and put his heart and soul into it. He also seemed to be a nice bloke - with a lovely smile. Well played Dave!