Mullum fan wins Bluesfest guitar

TREASURE: Dave Godfrey picks up his signed Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar with daughter Misty from Cystic Fibrosis charity co-ordinator Alan Tunks at The Balcony.
TREASURE: Dave Godfrey picks up his signed Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar with daughter Misty from Cystic Fibrosis charity co-ordinator Alan Tunks at The Balcony. Digby Hildreth

A LOCAL man has won one of the three superlative electric guitars raffled at Bluesfest this year.

Dave Godfrey, of Mullumbimby, collected the prized Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar from members of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation group that is the major charity at the festival.

This year - its 16th at Bluesfest - the charity collected a record amount of $40,000.

Dave's instrument is adorned with the signatures of some of the top acts at this year's festival, including the members of Cold Chisel, Crosby Stills & Nash, Steve Earle, Candi Staton, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Donovan, Angelique Kidjo, John Butler and Seasick Steve.

Just as he surprised all by appearing on stage with Seasick Steve, the former Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones added his signature at the last minute.

Dave is passionate about reggae and a DJ in his spare time. He likes to sit around with mates and jam with guitars and bongoes, but he says he's not much of a guitarist.

And besides, the Gibson is too much of a collectors' item to be played, he said.

"It will probably hang on the wall as a piece of memorabilia."

Dave rocked up to The Balcony to collect his prize, along with his wife Heather and daughter Misty.

The charity's Bluesfest co-ordinator, Alan Tunks, thanked Gibson Guitars USA for donating the three instruments to help CF research. An award was presented to Bluesfest director Peter Noble on the Mojo Stage following the raffle draw in recognition of his support given to the charity. "In the 16 years we have raised $1.4 million dollars at Bluesfest," Alan said.

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