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GIGS

 

2024



 

25 JAN GUY TORTORA TRIO:  Cotswold Distillery Sessions - Cotswold Distillery Visitor Centre, Whichford Road, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5EX Tel: 01608 238533  Doors:  7 PM
26 FEB GUY TORTORA DUO at MIDNIGHT SPECIAL BLUES CLUB:  The Cabin Bar, 173 - 175 London Road, Camberley GU15 3 JS Guy will be joined by Janos Bajtala on keys at this special venue in Camberley.  Tickets are available via the club's WEBSITE   Doors:  7:30 PM
2  MARCH GUY TORTORA DUO - SWANAGE BLUES WEEKEND: The Centre Acoustic Stage, 7 Chapel Lane, Swanage BH19 2PW  Guy will be performing with Janos Bajtala on keys, on stage at 2:30 PM.  Details and booking are at the Festival's WEBSITE
4 MAY GUY TORTORQA DUO at FIERY BIRD AMERICANA FESTIVAL:  at the Fiery Bird / Phoenix Cultural Centre, 32 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6JT.  Guy will be playing with Janos Bajtala on keys at this great new Americana Festival in Woking.  Over two nights (4th & 5th May) there are lots of great acts on the bill including Catfish, Gary Fletcher, Spikedrivers, Mark Harrison.  Guy & Janos will be on stage at 6PM.  A Midnight Special Production.  Don't miss it!  WEBSITE
15 MAY GUY TORTORA BAND at DUSTY'S BLUES CLUB:  Holmer Green Sports Assn. Clubhouse, 87 Watchet Lane, Holmer Green, Bucks HP15 6UF.  Guy & Band will be back at Dusty's for another night of Blues, Roots and all things musical!  Doors at 7:30 PM.  WEBSITE 
23 MAY TORTORA & TYZACK:  Hot Box, 28-29 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford CM1 1TS  Tel:  01245 290117  = VENUE WEBSITE  Doors 7 PM.  Guy & Ben will bring thier Blues'n'Roots to the good people of Chelmsford . . .
30 MAY GUY TORTORA BAND:  Cotswold Merrymouth Inn, Stow Road, Burford, nr Oxford OX7 6HR.  Blues at the Merrymouth is a relatively new series of events at the Inn.  Guy & Band will play here again at this good venue . . . Doors 7 PM. WEBSITE
2 JUNE GUY TORTORA TRIO:  The Bell Inn:  103 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BW.  A lively venue in Bath, with great music and a great vibe, too!  WEBSITE  Music at 2PM  Tel:  01225 460246
6 JUNE GUY TORTORA DUO at OTTERTON MILL:  Otterton Mill, Fore Street, Otterton, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG.  Tel: 01395 568521  WEBSITE  Guy will be playing with keyboardist Janos Bajtala for this intimate gig at the wonderful Otterton Mill
5 JULY GUY TORTORA BAND at RIPLEY LIVE:  Town Hall, Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AX  Tel:  01423 860340  WEBSITE  Guy & band will be performing in the upstairs venue.  Doors at 7 PM
6 JULY GUY TORTORA BAND at HARTLEYPOOL STEELIES: South Durham Social Club, 28 Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RE Tel:  01429 402268.  Tickets via the Steelies.  It's a while since Guy & Band have played in Hartlepool, so htis long awaited show is finally happening!  Find the Steelies on their FACEBBOOK PAGE  and also HERE.
7 JULY GUY TORTORA BAND:  at BLUEFUNK RHYTHM AND BLUES CLUB:  The Club@142, 142 Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1RG.  Doors at 7 PM.    WEBSITE  Tel: 0781 888 4324
7 SEP GUY TORTORA BAND:  Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Sport and Social Club, 1 Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF  The Best Little Blues Club In Essex!!  WEBSITE
26 SEP TYZACK & TORTORA:  Bletchley Blues Club, Bletchley Conservative Club, Bletchley MK2 2DN  7:30 PM  WEBSITE   email:
29 SEP GUY TORTORA BAND at OVAL TAVERN:  131 Oval Road, Croydon CR0 6BJ Tel: 020 8686 6023  Guy & Band wil be doing the long running Sunday session of blues at the Oval Tavern.  7 PM  WEBSITE
w5 DEC
TORTORA & TYZACK:  Honeysuckle Inn, 31 Honeysuckle Road, Ramsgate CT11 8AA  8 PM  Another "Blues With Bottle Club" presentation from Sue Revell!

 

2023



19 FEB
GUY TORTORA TRIO  -  Broadstairs Blues Bash:  Neptune's Hall, 1 - 3 Harbour Street, Boradstairs, CT10 1ET  WEBSITE  6 - 8 PM
25 Mar
GUY TORTORA BAND - LOUTH BLUES CLUB:  Louth, Lincs - at Louth Conservative Working Mens Club, Queen Street, Louth LN11 9AU  Tickets available from multiple outlets - see their Facebook page: WEBSITE  or email:  louthbluesclub@gmail.com - Doors 7:15 PM
1 APR
GUY TORTORA BAND - Blues At Barleylands Club:  Barleylands Sports and Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2 UF  -  2 - 4 PM at " . . .the greatest little juke joint in Essex"  WEBSITE
15 APR GUY TORTORA TRIO - Orpington Blues Club: 
THIS GIG HAS BEEN MOVED TO JUNE 9 - Please See Below -
18 APR GUY TORTORA BAND - Tuesday Night Music Club:  194 Brightin Road, Coulsdon CR5 2NF - Guy & Band return to the award winning TNMC with the new album and some old favourites, too   https://www.thetuesdaynightmusicclub.co.uk/  Doors at 7 PM
7 MAY
GUY TORTORA BAND - The Cricketers, Westcliffe On Sea: 225 London Road, Westcliffe on Sea SS0 7JG Tel: 01702 345253 Afternoon session at this fine pub WEBSITE Music at 5 PM - Free Admission
17 MAY GUY TORTORA BAND -  Dusty's Blues Club, Holmer Green:  Holmer Green Sports Assn, Watchett Lane, Holmer Green, High Wycombe, Berks HP15 6UF Tel: 07496 079538 Doors: 8 PM Always a great atmosphere at this little club in Bucks! WEBSITE
9 JUNE
GUY TORTORA TRIO - Orpington Blues Club: Orpington Liberal Club, 7 Station Road, Orpington BR6 0RZ  Doors: 7:30 PM  Tickets from Steven Wherle:  07801 089375   TRIO performance with Janos Bajtala and George Price
18 JUL GUY TORTORA TRIO - Bletchley Blues Club:  Bletchley Conservative Club, Bletchley MK2 2DN  7:30 PM  WEBSITE   email: hello@bletchleybluesclub.co.uk
3 AUG GUY TORTORA BAND - Teignmouth Jazz & Blues Club:  Teign Coninthian Yacht Club, Eastcliff Walk, Teignmouth TQ14 8TA  Details TBA  WEBSITE
7 SEP GUY TORTORA DUO - Honeysuckle Inn, Ramsgate:    Honeysickle Lane, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8AA Music at 7:30 PM - Free Admission! Presented by Sue Revell and Blues With Bottle Productions. https://placejuice.com/the-honeysuckle-inn-6e29sba
10 SEP GUY TORTORA BAND - Boogaloo Blues & RnR Weekend:  Carrington House Hotel, Knyeveton Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QQ  A Boogaloo "Double" Weekend:  Blues + Rock and Roll BOOGALOO WEBSITE
28 SEP GUY TORTORA DUO - The Tuppeny:  58 - 59 Devizez Road, Swindon SN1 4BD  -  Duo gig with Janos Bajtala on keys  WEBSITE  Tel:  01793 323643
8 OCT GUY TORTORA BAND - CARLISLE ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL:  12:15 PM  Details TBA
2 NOV
 TYZACK & TORTORA - Honeysuckle Inn:  31 Honeysuckle Lane, Ramsgate CT11 8AA  -  Presented by Sue Revell at Blues With Bottle Promotions  7:30 PM https://placejuice.com/the-honeysuckle-inn-6e29sba
11 NOV GUY TORTORA BAND - Cranleigh Arts Centre:  1 High Street, Cranleigh GU6 8AS  Tel: 01483 278000.  Guy and Band return to the wonderful Cranleigh Arts Centre - Presented by ECLECTIC LIVE MUSIC.  Cranleigh Arts: WEBSITE  Doors at 7:30 PM
16 NOV GUY TORTORA BAND + TYZACK & TORTORA:  Blues Bar Tring, Special Guest Ben Tyzack = In spie of what it sways on their website, Blues Bar Tring has returned to the clubhouse at Tring Park Cricket Club:  London Road, Tring HP23 6HA  Doors at 19:00, music at 20:00  WEBSITE
17 NOV
GUY TORTORA TRIO - Brooks Blues Bar:  at Parsons Green Sports and Social Club - - - - -  CANCELLED ! - - - - - to be re-scheduled later
23 NOV
GUY TORTORA BAND at Cotswold Merrymouth Inn:  Stow Road, Burford, nr Oxford OX7 6HR.  Blues at the Merrymouth is a new series of events at the Inn.  Guy & Band will play here for the first time . . . Doors 7 PM. WEBSITE
15 DEC GUY TORTORA BAND - St. Harmonica's Blues Club:  17 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 5BP  Guy & Band return to this wonderful N London Club.  Music at 8 PM.  CLUB WEBSITE

 

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Reviews:

(more to follow, as this site is updated)

Anywhere But Here:

Blues Matters! (UK) -


London-based California ex-pat Guy Tortora turns in a strong set of singer-songwriter rock, with sufficient blues influences to merit a review in this publication. Sonically and lyrically, we are in Dylan/Young/Browne territory here, with tracks built around intelligent lyrics and fingerstyle acoustic and electric guitar work. This includes some frequently deft slide playing of the tasteful lick variety rather than full-on Dust My Broom barnstorming. Of the two covers, the folkie rendition of The Drifters’ Under The Boardwalk comes off surprisingly well, thanks to the sheer chutzpah of the reinvention, which even includes an accordion solo. I also liked Tortora’s take on the Grateful Dead’s New Speedway Boogie, which stays close to the vibe of the original. But it’s the original compositions that bring home this album’s bacon. The opener, High Tide Deep Water, reworks an instantly familiar piano riff that probably harks back to a soul single before building up to a harmonica break. Flower Street and Koffeeville are both wistful evocations of homesickness, remembered girlfriends and a lonesome kind of lovin’. Withered On The Vine is a decent stab at a minor blues, while instrumental closer Goodnight & Good Luck is pleasant enough. But undoubted highlight of the CD is Pearl, a celebration of finding true love when you weren’t expecting it. It’s a great song. But any visions of Johanna that conquer your mind while listening to it will not be accidental.

DAVID OSLER

Rootstime (BE) -

Bluesman In a Boneyard, his 2015 album I reviewed here, was his fifth solo studio album. The tracklist of 'Anywhere But Here', Tortora's most recent studio album, contains eight original Americana/Blues/Roots songs and two covers. He recorded the songs in London during the pandemic lockdowns, with the regular members of his trusted band: Janos Bajtala on keys, Pete Hedley on drums & Costa Tancredi on bass.

 

‘Anywhere But Here’ opens with “High Tide Deep Water”. It is a song with which he and some band members - especially Bajtala from behind the piano - immediately attract attention. What follows next are mainly very atmospheric songs. Tortora's guitar is the mood maker on "Withered On the Vine" and "The Stranger", a song that sounds very autobiographical. During “Pearl” it is best to close your eyes, because then the slide guitar seduces you even more. The groove is certainly not missing on “New Speedway Boogie” and everyone surely knows the Tex Mex (sic) hit by The Drifters “Under The Boardwalk” or, are you ready for a coffee and the beautiful “Koffeeville”? “Good Night & Good Luck” is just about the perfect ending after that and confirms what I said in the beginning.


"With Anywhere But Here Tortora delivers another gem . . . "  Eric Schuurmans - Rootstime.be




Live -

Leek Blues & Americana Festival  -

. . . Tortora and his band took to the stage in this wonderful, welcoming theatre.  Wayfaring Stranger from the album Prodical Songs was the opening number.  A fantastic acoustic track . . . it was a brilliant way to start what would be a wonderful night of music.  Wonderful vocal from Tortora just washed over the audience, giving a warm feeling.  Virtually every song told a poignant story in Guy's own words only to be matched by a wonderful 4-piece band . . .

Stephen Harrison

Blues Bar Tring -

. . . Guy writes songs leaning very much on the Delta and the South:  songs about cotton, the Mississippi, Robert Johnson and his grave, and a bit of gospel.It lends a nostalgic authenticity to his performance.  He plays with some seasoned musicians:  Janos Bajtala on keys, Pete Hedley on drums, and (on this occasion) George Price on bass. Janos, as always, brought a cultivated atmosphere to the performance and Guy led the line with some lazy bottleneck and fine guitar.

..."Boneyard" Cotton Was King" and "Big Wheel" were great numbers, and Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" an emotional inclusion.  The band sounded great . . .

Moz Copestake


Leek Blues & Americana Festival  - 

Running Horse, Nottingham UK --

Guy plays every conceivable blues style over the coure of the evening, alternating between National steel, acoustic and electric guitars. He plays lots of slide and is one of the toughetst and yet subtlest guitarists I've ver seen. The high quality of his playing coupled with his ferocious attack put me in mind of the superb American band Delta Moon, recent visitors to the venue. Guy's voice is great -- easy to listen to and he delivers the lyrics with great clarity and, yes, passion. they are really worth hearing, too, being thoughtful, often wryly funny and of course musically catchy, spellbinding, hypnotic, etc. I can imagine one or two big stars having a crack at this material. I'll go out on a limb and say Guy is possibly the best writer of new blues since Larry Garner. His band? Gawd, where do `I start? Janos on keyboards was a phenomenal blues player, alert to every single thing that the otehers - especially Guy - did. He provided a real musical foil for Guy's guitar which took the music to considerable heights of excitement. The bassist Brendan was a rock. Yes, I know it's a cliche but it's true. He had the range of skills associated with Jack Bruce and as for the drummer (Neil) he was awesome -- how can someone play as powerfully as him and yet blend in so unobtrusively? I've seen a lot of bands over th eyears and this band were one of the very best. Seriously, they were that good, ask anybody who was there, and do catch them live if you can. Dave Kingsbury

 

Cranleigh Review

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