Video footage of Zoe Thomson, the 8-year-old guitarist for the Thatcham, United Kingdom-based group THE MINI BAND, showing off her shredding skills during a play-along to a guitar track (“Stratosphere”) from Finnish symphonic metallers STRATOVARIUS can be seen below. The clip has been watched more than 1.5 million times by guitar fans worldwide since it was posted on YouTube on January 16.
Zoe was recently signed by guitar company Daisy Rock. Her mother Collette told Newbury Today, “Zoe is really excited; she is overjoyed. For someone of her age to get an endorsement is a massive achievement. I think you have to have something special to be endorsed, and it’s really nice that someone has recognized her talent.”
THE MINI BAND‘s performance of METALLICA‘s “Enter Sandman” has racked up more than 3.5 million YouTube views in 15 weeks.
The METALLICA members were so impressed with the young musicians that they posted a one-minute YouTube video singing THE MINI BAND‘s praises.