Budgie frontman and bassist Burke Shelley dies aged 71

Burke Shelley
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Burke Shelley, founding frontman and bass guitar player for cult Welsh rock band Budgie, has died aged 71.

The news was confirmed in a statement issued by Shelley’s daughter, Ela Shelley, on a Budgie Facebook fan page. No cause of death was given.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.