AT a time when most people would be thinking of retiring, 77-year-old Joe Brown shows no sign of slowing down.

He’s been a radio star, TV personality, an actor as well as head of a musical dynasty.

From the days of music hall and growing up in an East End pub, through the skiffle era of Lonnie Donegan then jumping, almost overnight, into rock’n’roll, Joe’s seen it all.

Keith Richards is said to respect him, George Harrison loved him, The Beatles supported him and Mark Knopfler performs with him.

This veteran entertainer certainly has plenty of stories to share on his new tour, Just Joe, which includes a date in Bournemouth next month.

“It’s the audiences that keep me going,” he explains. “I’m a ham, I want to entertain people. It’s your job and if people want to come and see you, it’s great.”

Looking back over his long and varied career, he says there have been good and bad times.

“I’ve always come back if I’ve been knocked down. It’s been a varied career and a great life.”

He promises there will be plenty of anecdotes and the odd joke or two, interspersed with some great music. His special guest for the night will be guitar maestro, Henry Gross.

“We do the hits and tell stories about the people I’ve worked with and the songs. People seem to want to hear the stories. Henry does a spot too, and I get to play my ukulele and maybe the fiddle too.”

Joe adds that he has no intention of slowing down in the near future.

“After the tour I’m off to Nashville for a couple of months and then maybe another tour.”

Joe Brown will be at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth on Sunday, March 4. To book, call 0844 576 3000.