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The members of Budka Suflera and Bart Sosnowski in tribute to Romuald Lipko

Romuald Lipko

On 1st May, during the World Guitar Record, the artists will pay homage to Romuald Lipko, an outstanding composer and co-founder of the band Budka Suflera. The musical farewell will be attended by the band members – Tomasz Zeliszewski and Mietek Jurecki, joined by Bart Sosnowski on vocals. For the first time in history, the Wrocław guitar celebrations will be held entirely online.

Romuald Lipko is the author of the greatest hits by 20th-century Polish musicians – he wrote for such artists as Anna Jantar ("Nic nie może wiecznie trwać"), Urszula ("Dmuchawce, latawce, wiatr", "Malinowy król"), Zdzisława Sośnicka ("Aleja gwiazd") and Izabela Trojanowska ("Wszystko czego dziś chcę"), to name just a few.

Since the early 1970s he was a bassist, and later primarily a keyboard player and composer of Budka Suflera – one of the top groups on the Polish rock scene. He wrote the band's greatest hits, such as "Jolka, Jolka pamiętasz" and "Jest taki samotny dom". In 1978, he became the leader of the group and continued to serve this role until Krzysztof Cugowski's comeback. Budka's most commercially successful album was "Nic nie boli, tak jak życie", released in 1997. It sold in over a million copies. Budka also performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and recorded at the Village Studio in Los Angeles with Greg Phillinganes. The new millennium saw the release of the iconic album "Bal wszystkich świętych", and the group played a gig for a crowd of one million people at the Krakow's airport, sharing the stage with the band Scorpions. In the years that followed, Budka Suflera gave numerous concerts all over the world: in Great Britain, the United States, Australia, Canada, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The farewell show took place in 2014, on New Year's Eve, in the open air at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Five years after that, the band decided to reactivate. Sadly, Romuald Lipko passed away a few months later.

– The Guitar Record maintains the tradition of commemorating great artists. When Gary Moore passed away, we played "Still Got The Blues" for him. After Prince's death, we performed "Purple Rain" together. We will say goodbye to Romuald Lipko with his excellent composition "Jest taki samotny dom". It is a beautiful, moving song that brings hope – says Leszek Cichoński, the Record's initiator. The song will be performed by Lipko's friends from Budka Suflera – Mietek Jurecki (bass guitar) and Tomasz Zeliszewski (drums), together with Bart Sosnowski (vocals), a Polish blues singer whose album "The Hand Luggage Studio" has been nominated for the Fryderyk music award in the Blues Album of the Year 2020 category.

We are playing online!

The streaming from Wrocław will start at 12:00 and will be available at www.heyjoe.pl, on the Record's official Facebook page and YouTube channel. The rehearsals for the performance of "Hey Joe" will take place at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The attempt to break the world record will begin, as always, at 4:00 p.m. The organisers encourage the guitarists to share the materials from the preparations for the event on social media. The best videos will be featured in the clip of the World Guitar Record 2020.

How to join the Record? Read the "How to Participate" section on the website.

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