Ham Jam House -Concert
06/10/2016, 06/13/2014, 04/14/2013
Claude Bourbon will play a fine acoustic concert on Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland,
where he was classically trained. This finger picking guitarist has performed
and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of
classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin
elements with strains of Western folk.
The unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer. He may have his
roots in the blues, but he is inspired by music and song from all around
the world, taking these sounds and weaving them into a performance of
blues, rock, jazz, songs and melodies that defy a label, all delivered
with a gravely voice.
Claude’s 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 and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly
dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.
Starting to play guitar at the age of 15, it was the strains of an
instrumental version of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ seeping from a neighbour’s
garage that ignited the fire in Claude’s soul. He then studied classical
guitar for a period, but soon realised that his feeling was more for
improvisation than written music, “…as the music is a tool to express yourself…”.
Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating
insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie
Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, Monty Python; JS Bach and Fleetwood Mac’s
One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is
like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”. Intrigued?
“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through
highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from
haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides
both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”,
-- BBC, UK
"...So here we have another fine example of the prodigious talent which is
treading the boards in UK clubs. That said, if you see his name flagged up
in your area, go along – based on this set you could be in for a very
-- Blues Matters , UK –2009
“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“,
-- The Hook, Charlottesville, USA
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Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$20 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!