Queen guitarist Brian May picks South Shields boy to star on his website

Youngster Charlie Rundle has appeared on Brian May's tuition website.
Youngster Charlie Rundle has appeared on Brian May's tuition website.

A young guitarist is following in his father’s footsteps by capturing a rock legend’s attention.

Charlie Rundle can be seen on Queen’s legend Brian May’s website - The Official Home of Brian May Guitars.

The 11-year-old from Simonside, South Shields, made it onto the site after his dad James Rundle tweeted a link of his son playing and reviewing one of May’s mini-replica guitars.

Charlie hosts his own YouTube channel - called Charlie Learns Guitar - where he shows viewers the latest rock riffs he’s bean learning from his dad.

James, who is a full-time guitar teacher, said: “It’s brilliant, but Charlie’s just taking it all in his stride.

“I think the younger generations grow up with these YouTube stars and channels and it’s just something they come to expect.

“But us older generations are still pretty impressed by it.

“His own videos have done really well, they get a lot of adults watching them because they’re so easy to follow. One fan even sent him his very own knitted Brian May doll.

“I think this has definitely re-sparked his interest in learning to play the guitar.”

However, it’s not the first time the family has impressed Brian May.

It’s brilliant but Charlie’s taking it in his stride.

James Rundle

Last December James set up a YouTube competition calling on musicians to send in videos of themselves reprising classic tracks by Queen, he decided to emailing his guitar hero and ask him to pick the winner.

That proved music to the ears of the chart-topping legend – who agreed to judge the 20-strong cast of hopefuls from all corners of the globe.

Liverpool musician Stephen James scooped top spot in the competition for his version of Long Away, a 1976 track penned and sang by Brian May himself.

James said: “Queen is certainly our favourite group by far - so for this to happen is really special.

“Last month we visited Freddie Mercury’s house in London and I played We Will Rock You outside.”

To watch Charlie’s videos visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaxA-RGuEm--cGoCVKUTEGRYInHCphf_g


Charlie is now featuring on a world-renowned musical website.

The youngster’s video is on show within the United Kingdom section of Brian May’s ‘Artists Gallery’.

The website gives people the chance to find out the different types of guitars the Queen legend sells and also offer their opinions on the,.

Charlie with his father James Rundle

Charlie with his father James Rundle

Charlie is just one of UK six musicians who have the reviews listed and so far his video has been watched more than 7,000 times.

On his video he said: “ I am only learning to play this guitar but hopefully once I get better you will see me more on this channel.”

To see charlie on the website, visit http://shop.brianmayguitars.co.uk/bmg-gallery-artists.html.

Brian May.

Brian May.