Bass will come back to city for Victorious Fest

BORN TO RUN James Ryan, right, when he handed over the bass to Dave Elvy at the start of its tour
BORN TO RUN James Ryan, right, when he handed over the bass to Dave Elvy at the start of its tour
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A BASS guitar that has been touring the country to raise money for charity will be coming home at this weekend’s Victorious Festival.

Level 42 star Mark King has agreed to play the bass during the Isle of Wight funkateer’s Saturday night headlining set.

James Ryan decided to send his beloved first bass around the country in a relay between musicians to raise money for Cancer Research.

Musicians have been playing the instrument at gigs for a donation to the charity.

And this week, it is heading back to Portsmouth where the 80s star will play it before it goes back out on tour.

James sent the bass on its way in February but, only six months later, he has managed to raise more than £1,300 and the bass has travelled as far as Falkirk in Scotland.

The 25-year-old, from First Avenue in Farlington, said: ‘I’m so chuffed that we have managed to exceed our target of £300.

‘The bass has been played by so many famous people including Status Quo bass player, John Edwards. He used it up in Falkirk and it now has a big silver Status Quo signature on it which is great. But I am excited to see it come back down to Portsmouth this weekend.

‘Mark King will be playing it and I’m chuffed that he got involved.’

After Victorious, the bass, which is a Stagg BC300 fusion, will head to London to be played by New Order star Peter Hook.

James has said that he doesn’t know when the relay will stop, he just wants to raise as much money as possible.

He added: ‘Cancer Research is close to my heart because both my grandparents died from cancer.

‘I always wanted to raise money for charity and this seemed like a good idea. So far, we have beaten all our targets which have just got bigger and bigger.

‘We will also be auctioning off the bass and some goodies which will hopefully add to the total.’

To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/BCrelay