All about nimble fingers on nylon strings

Beaverlodge is about to get a shot of straight Bourbon.

As part of a 50 show, three-month tour in the US and Canada, the Swiss-French guitarist, Claude Bourbon will be appearing at the Beaverlodge Public Library on Friday, May 3.

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Bourbon learned classical guitar in Fribourg, Switzerland in the 1970s. He did that for a few years before joining a Belgian touring band in 1985. Claude played electric guitar in the band and toured Europe extensively. During this time, the band was based in the south of France in the Rhone River delta, in a region named “La Camargue”. In this part of France, gypsies from all over Europe gather every spring to celebrate Santa Sarah, the Gypsy's Saint. Bourbon got involved with playing and jamming with the Gypsies, some of whom went on to form the award-winning band, “The Gipsy Kings”.

When asked what his audience can expect, Bourbon replied, “Expect the unexpected...a mixture of songs and instrumentals with a Blues, Spanish and Classical taste.” With adept fingerpicking and his varied influences and background, Claude's show promises to be unlike any concert presented in the Peace Country in recent memory.

This is a great opportunity to see a world-class performer in an intimate setting. Doors open at the Beaverlodge Public Library for the concert at 7 pm and the show begins at 7:30.

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