Iconic singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl's legacy lives on in her wonderful recording catalogue, her contribution to the promotion of world music and her benevolence.
Now, a Fret-King Blue Label Esprit 3 guitar signed by a host of stars at a memorial concert for MacColl is to be auctioned off to raise money for music in Cuba.
Top names including Billy Bragg, Phill Jupitus and Amy MacDonald all signed the guitar at the tribute show on October 10th 2010, the anniversary of MacColl's birthday.
The event also marked the 10th anniversary of the death of the singer-songwriter. MacColl, who had worked closely with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign for a number of years and regularly visited the country, was killed by a speedboat while scuba diving in 2000.
The vintage white Esprit, with a street value of £700, was donated by Fret-King owners John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. through Vintage® guitar endorser, and MacColl's band member, Gary Sanford.
Proceeds from the auction will be used to buy musical equipment for Cuban children to keep the country's musical heritage alive. Since the USA's embargo against Cuba, it has become increasingly difficult for residents to buy new instruments, guitar and violin strings and drum sticks.
The highest bidder will own a unique item. Every artist at the memorial concert signed the guitar, including Alison Moyet, Andrea Corr, Catherine Tate, Ellie Goulding, Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Omar Puente, Kim Wilde, and many more.
The auction will take place on eBay, between Saturday 1st October and the finishing time of 10pm on Sunday 9th October – the day before Kirsty's birthday anniversary on the 10th.
For more information, visit the Kirsty MacColl, Fret-King and JHS websites, and head over to eBay to make your bid.
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