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October 16, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Claude Bourbon medieval and Spanish blues

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”

A multitude of people from the United Kingdom and across Europe love following Claude Bourbon. Hitting over 100 venues per year, Claude gives many people the chance to enjoy his musical prowess. What brings the majority of his audience back to see show after show is his amazing performance. Claude Bourbon’s style of playing guitar creates a unique sound experience recognized only as Claude.

Claude performs solo on stage with his guitars by his side. Matched with his voice, Bourbon captures the full attention of his audience as they take in every note played off the tips of his fingers.

Claude’s musical roots are blues, however, his music has and will continue to evolve over the years. Bourbon gets his musical inspiration from around the world including Spanish Middle Eastern, Russia and Europe. Claude Bourbon takes the different sounds heard from different regions and molds them into the songs and melodies you hear at his shows. His songs may be blues-sounding, ballads, rock, jazz or even unique and unclassifiable.

Claude Bourbon’s 5th CD is an amazing credit to the music he creates. One of the great things about his albums is the growth and change represented. You may pick up one of his albums and be surprised at the different sounds found within. This is one of the great characteristics of Claude Bourbon – taking his music and adapting to his mood and unexplored territories.

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 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’.

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 Stevie Nicks….

“…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

“Do you know what Medieval guitar sounds like? I didn’t either ‘til I hooked up with Claude! This is some cool stuff, and he’s French and everything!” Dolores River Brewery, Dolores, CO


October 16, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Cafe Carpe
Fort Atkinson , WI United States