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It's a family affair.

ONE of the 300 students graduating at the Philharmonic Hall was Kurtis McCreath who received a BA in Music.

Kurtis, originally from Birkenhead but now living in Irby, was also presented with a Beatles Story prize at yesterday's ceremony.

The accolade was apt as the 22-year-old took up bass after his grandfather Ken Dallas, lead singer with 60s Merseyside band Ken Dallas and the Silhouettes, gave him his own guitar.

Kurtis said: "My grandfather used to play on the same bill as the Beatles as the Cavern. He gave me the bass he used to play for Christmas one year, and that got me into playing."

Both of Kurtis's parents are also keen rock 'n' roll fans. His mother is saxophonist and his singer father bought him a 3/4 double bass for his 10th birthday which he still uses.

Since he studied at LIPA he has also taken up piano and singing.

He adds the Beatles Story prize to an award presented to him earlier this year by Billy Fury's 90-year-old mother Jean Wycherley on behalf of the Billy Fury Fan Club, after he showed his passion for the rock 'n' roll genre and for Fury's music.

But the graduate, who has his own rockabilly band, Kurt Fox and the Cubs, is not about to rest on his laurels.

He is also guitarist with The Furious, a contemporary rock 'n' roll act which recently played in Switzerland and France, and is set to travel to Finland next month, with dates in Vienna in November.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2011
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