“Excellent song writing – Subtle, beautiful …  and lovely slide guitar!”  Paul Jones (Radio 2)

We are delighted to welcome the Guy Tortora Trio to play at our ‘Gig In The Garden’ in Billericay. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, he is now settled in London. Guy began playing guitar from the age of 11 and performed in bands in High School in Pasadena and later around Southern California, soaking up the rich influences of the incredible music scene there in the 60’s and 70’s when he also travelled widely across the USA and Canada. Over the last few years he has laid claim to a unique niche on the Blues ‘n’ Roots scene in the UK.

What Guy does as a songwriter and performer is what people call Americana – a hard term to define. However, if it means original songs, well constructed and well performed, in some of the various musical idioms that originated in the USA: Blues; Jazz; Folk; and Roots, alongside interpreting the work of other writers with depth and feeling – then you’re sure to enjoy a fantastic evening. Guy is a guitar player of some accomplishment and writes songs full of depth, grace and feeling alongside moving and memorable tunes and has released four albums: Footnote to the Blues (2002); Jefferson Drive (2004); Living on Credit (2009); Prodigal Songs (2011). Check out Guy’s website http://www.guytortora.com and have a listen to his songs.

With his excellent band, Guy has performed live with artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Pee Wee Ellis, John Cleary and Eric Bibb. He has also performed with Paul Jones, host of BBC Radio 2’s Rhythm and Blues show, and recorded live sessions for Radio 2 and numerous local stations in the UK and Europe.

Tortora … displays an easy and comfortable way with a blend of country, blues and jazz. One of those musicians who, for some reason, seem to fly under the radar of fame, they go about their business with skill and dedication … there is a real depth of feeling to Tortora’s music.” Maverick Magazine

We’re sure you’re going to enjoy another outstanding ‘Gig In The Garden.’ Numbers are limited so be sure to book your tickets by contacting Paul on (paul@billericaychurches.org or 01277 658055 or by sending a SAE to: The Rectory, 40 Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD, with cheques made payable to Emmanuel DCC (Proceeds to ‘Just Care’ working with Orphans in Uganda). Don’t forget your: Picnic; Drinks; Chairs and a Blanket!