Live @ The Village Hall, Castor, Peterborough
Saturday 28th January 2012
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed all over the world where he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical, jazz, Spanish, Latin and strains of Western folk together with ethereal Eastern influences.
The unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer and his inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again to hear and watch him play.
Some of Claude’s cited influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, and JS Bach.
The above is taken from Claude’s website.
Claude made his Shakedown debut September 16th 2010 in St Kyneburgha's and was a tremendous success. I, like many in the audience, had never seen him before but all were spell bound as he weaved a carpet of sounds with his guitar. Melding blues, jazz, baroque, medieval, Spanish and Latin American music into a single mould - he won us over. At the end of the show the rapturous applause made it clear that we needed to bring him back and I have been trying to do so ever since. Thankfully we have at last been able to find a slot in his busy schedule and I will look forward to hearing him at the start of another year.