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We're pleased to announce that September saw the return of our Borough Blues Club First Timer promo - no we're not getting a bit 'dodgy' in our old age. If you have friends or relatives that hasn't been to one of our gigs, then we're offering the chance for you to bring them along for free. That's right FREE! Just pop along on Saturday with your 'first timer' and we'll just charge the single price. We have the wonderfully talented Guy Tortora Band to entertain us and a whole bar full of refreshments. See you there, 6th October, Cwmbran RFC.
Saturday 6th October
The Guy Tortora
Born & raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London, in the UK.
What he does as a songwriter and performer is what people like to call Americana these days -- a hard term to define as it seems to mean different things depending on who you're talking to. But if to you it means original songs, well constructed and well performed, in some of the various musical idioms that originated in the USA -- blues, jazz, folk and roots -- and also interpreting the work of other writers in these genres with depth and feeling, then you should check out his work if you haven't already.
Over the last few years he has laid claim to a unique niche on the Blues 'n' Roots scene in the UK and European Continent, from small clubs and theatres to festivals. His two recent solo albums received a warm welcome in the Blues 'n' Roots reviews, a third album was released in 2008 to great acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike. When travelling light, he performs in stripped down acoustic mode either on his own, or accompanied by bass or keyboards. At many UK gigs he appears with the Guy Tortora Band, his own four-piece outfit of accomplished musicians from the UK and Europe. With this band he has performed live with artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Pee Wee Ellis, John Cleary and Eric Bibb. He has gigged across North America and much of Europe. He also performs solo, and in duo or trio format with his regular members of the Guy Tortora Band: bassman Costa Tancredi, or keys player Janos Bajtala. Recently he has formed an acoustic cuo partnership with Ben Tyzack of UK band Spikedrivers - Guy and Ben have is a short UK tour planned for November 2015.
Guy is a guitar player of some accomplishment and a distinctive songwriter. On both acoustic and electric guitars he plays finger style, and is a fine bottleneck and slide player. His playing is not the flashy guitar-slinger style beloved of bluesrockers everywhere, but understated, and leaves room for the songs to make an impact, whether his own or the "covers" he performs that include many old standards and traditional tunes as well as songs by more recent American writers such as Eric Bibb or Kreig Viesselman.
More at http://www.guytortora.com/index.html
Tickets - £10 (£8 for members)
Kings Head Ground,
off Station Road,
More information about Cwmbran RFC can be found at
click the Gig Guide page for forthcoming bands.
The aim of the Borough Blues Club is to promote Rhythm & Blues and its related forms in the South Wales area by organising performance nights with good blues acts and by means of workshop, educational and outreach activities.
Live gigs are held, usually on the first Saturday in each month (check this website for details) at Cwmbran Rugby Club and feature the best local and regional bands as well as appearances by established blues stars, where this can be arranged.
Membership of the Borough Blues Club, which runs from April until March each year, is still just £5 per annum, benefits include reduced admission, loyalty bonus and priority booking for all gigs as wel as Email alerts.
To join, please come to a gig night and fill in a form or send a completed Membership Form by post to:
35 Pettingale Road,
enclose a cheque made out to Borough Blues Club for £5 per
person or £8 per couple.
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