Toby is a 15-year-old Blues rock guitarist based in London, England.
Starting with a tiny ukulele when he was five, he soon progressed to a six string electric and nursery rhymes were replaced with Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan riffs! He had great tone from an early age but it was Aldie Chalmers at the Witchwood School of Rock in Oxfordshire England, who taught him to master the fretboard.
Since then it’s been a musical whirlwind for Toby.
He became known for his Sunday Jams and steadily built a following around the world – he did them in his pyjamas every Sunday morning and they became known as the Onesie Jams!
Even a British company – The All in One Company – made a collection of onesies especially for the jams. When he was ten he heard Blues legend BB King was very poorly so Toby, dressed in a Tiger onesie, recorded “Thrill is Gone” as a get well jam for Mr King.
Sadly BB King passed away but the jam was seen by two of his daughters who contacted Toby. He was flown to Memphis where he played with BB King’s Band to a full house on Beale Street.
The jam was viewed over 50 Million times online and even his hero Joe Bonamassa shared it describing 10-year-old Toby as a “future superstar of the Blues”.
Toby became associated with Gibson Brands when he was ten and recorded a series of lessons teaching kids how to play the Blues.He was then cast as Zack Mooneyham in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of School of Rock the Musical for one year – playing live to nearly 2000 people every show.Toby won an Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Music” with School of Rock.
He has appeared on numerous TV shows including TFI Friday twice, Little Big Shots USA, Spain and UK, Comic Relief, Michael McIntyre, The X Factor, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Tonight at the London Palladium and Blue Peter.
He performed with Ronnie Baker Brooks at the Blues Heaven Festival in Denmark and the video went viral with over 115 Million views.
Toby represented the UK at the 2018 international Blues Challenge in Memphis – later that year he was announced as the Young Blues Artist of the Year at the UK Blues Awards. He was also featured in a documentary called Child Prodigies.
In 2019 he was flown to California to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show and also performed for Gibson at the Anaheim Grove with Peter Frampton and Billy Gibbons. He was presented with his signature Gibson Custom 335, made to his specification.
Another highlight of his year was being invited to play with Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall – a dream come true for Toby and a night he will never forget.
Toby has also shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Bernie Marsden, Lukas Nelson, Laurence Jones, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons and Slash.
Toby is about to release his debut album “14” and is working on an upcoming album called Icons, where he is recording with his guitar heroes.
Icons the film is also in production telling his story so far aimed at inspiring children to get into music.
Toby is the youngest member of the Gibson Alliance
See Toby’s Bio page for more information