News

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.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Cyclist hit by semi-trailer on Pacific Highway

Police sation Coffs harbour Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate

Police appeal for information from the public

6,603 lightning strikes hit the Northern Rivers overnight

Lightning map from the Lightning Maps website showing the number of strikes over the last 24 hours.

Lightning map shows strikes across the region overnight

Coffs touted as medical marijuana trials begin in NSW

The Federal Government has moved to legalise medical marijuana, with the onus now on the state governments to follow suit.

NSW cancer patients can now apply for medical marijuana trial

Local Partners

School's out as 50,000 NSW teachers stop work

PARENTS are being encouraged to find alternative care for students as about 50,000 New South Wales public school teachers stop work on Thursday morning.

Brunswick Heads set to dance to reggae

RHYTHM: Brisbane five-piece band Kingfisha.

Kingfisha brings their new music

Jethro Tull is getting ready for Bluesfest 2017

ICONS: Jethro Tull is a British rock group formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967.

At Bluesfest 2017, the band will play songs from 1968 to 2016

Local arts organisations receive funding for 2017 projects

Djurra will be NORPA's locally-developed show in its 2017 season.

Byron Bay and Lismore initiatives focus on aboriginal art

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!