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King's Lynn firm Captain Fawcett teams with Grammy winner John Petrucci of Dream Theater prog-metal titans

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Richie Finney, founder of Lynn gentleman’s grooming company Captain Fawcett Ltd, was in London with select members of the Fawcett crew on Saturday as VIP guests of rock star John Petrucci who recently won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance with ‘The Alien’.

In 2021 Captain Fawcett worked in close collaboration with Petrucci to create a signature series gentleman’s grooming range. Called ‘Nebula’, it launched with a beard balm, beard oil and moustache wax, distinguished by a delectable smoky fragrance and sumptuous purple and silver branding.

Each 50ml ‘Nebula’ Beard Oil currently includes a limited edition ‘Nebula’ guitar flow pick, designed and created by Petrucci in collaboration with Jim Dunlop USA.

Richie Finney (right), founder of Gentleman’s Grooming company Captain Fawcett Ltd, teams with John Petrucci of Dream Theater (middle). Photo: Capt. Fawcett Ltd.
Richie Finney (right), founder of Gentleman’s Grooming company Captain Fawcett Ltd, teams with John Petrucci of Dream Theater (middle). Photo: Capt. Fawcett Ltd.

John was in town with the million-selling progressive music titans Dream Theater, to play Wembley on the British leg of their ‘Top of the World’ tour before heading to mainland Europe and then on to South America.

Before the sell-out concert, John made time for a delightfully elegant British afternoon tea in the drawing room at Browns Hotel with Mr Finney, Iain Crockart and Corey Doades of Captain Fawcett Ltd. The three bearded British gentlemen then took their equally hirsute American friend on a quick tour including a stroll in Hyde Park.

Richie Finney said: “It’s an absolute delight to welcome John Petrucci back to good old Blighty! And a veritable honour to attend the magnificent Dream Theater gig at Wembley.

"I quite literally let my hair down and that takes some doing! What a virtuoso show! I urge chums across Europe to beg, borrow or, indeed, steal a ticket to the ‘Top of the World’ tour.

"No wonder these chaps won a Grammy. Astonishing musicians and true rock royalty. All Hail the Hirsute!”

While on stage John referenced the Captain Fawcett partnership stroking his luxuriant black beard and pointing at the Captain Fawcett crew who were 'air riffing' in the audience.

John Petrucci said: “I’ve had some form of beard since the early nineties. And as you can see, I now have a giant beard.

"Growing a full beard opened up a wild culture of bearded dudes all over the world. I got really into the crazy storytelling and strong aesthetic of the UK company Captain Fawcett to the extent of partnering with the Captain to release a beard balm, beard oil and moustache wax …so far!

"It’s called the Nebula range so I guess you could say this partnership was written in the stars.”

View the John Petrucci 'Nebula' Signature Series HERE.

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