This event was cancelled on Thursday 19 December 2019.  This is due to the fact that I have to undergo surgery on 15 January which means I won’t be mobile for this gig and need 10-14 days to recover. We’re looking to reschedule this and I will update this post when a new date is arranged. 

What better way to start a new decade and to chase away the blues on the official ‘most miserable’ weekend of the year than to have musicians from two of the UK’s favourite blues bands play Billericay Rectory on Saturday 18 January 2020?

Ben usually performs with Spikedrivers while Guy fronts his own Guy Tortora Band. Combine their outstanding talents, add an array of guitars, some harmonies and a few musical surprises, and you’re guaranteed a soulful, rootsy and bluesy performance. Tyzack and Tortora will play their own material along with classics by Blind Blake, JJ Cale, Sleepy John Estes and many more. This rare performance of the two of them together is not to be missed.

About Ben & Guy

Ben was born in London, but raised in the deep south of the United States, and his musical style reflects these experiences.  His guitar playing is described as an intoxicating blend; from the raw delta blues of Robert Johnson to the powerful soundscapes of Jimmy Page.  This, combined with a soulful voice and commanding stage presence, completes the picture of a very unique artist.

Guy was born and raised in Pasadena, California, and is currently based in London. What Guy does as a songwriter and performer is what people like to call ‘Americana.’ a It’s hard term to define, as it seems to mean different things, depending on who you’re talking to. If to you, it means original songs, well-constructed and well performed, in some of the various musical styles that originated in the USA, as well as interpreting the work of other writers with depth and feeling, then this evening is for you. Guy also happens to play one of my all-time favourite songs ‘When Cotton Was King’ and he’s promised to play it especially for us! Some of you may remember Guy playing Gig In The Garden 2012

Shivers up your spine … spellbinding! Ben & Guy deliver on every level.
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About House Gigs

A House Gig provides a unique experience for both artists and audience in an intimate setting and is quite unlike any other gig you will attend. That’s why artists are always asking to come back! Some of my most favourite gigs have taken place in my lounge! 

A House Gig is a private invitation only to the Rectory from Paula and myself. You can contact me on if you’d like to be considered for a place and I’ll get back to you to confirm your attendance. Maximum two tickets per person – spaces are limited! I usually receive more applicants than places but I do set up a reserve list.

Doors will open at 7.00 pm (or 6.45 pm if you’re so excited you can’t wait or you simply want more drinking time!) and T&T will play two sets from 7.30 pm (ish!). We’ll provide some hot food during the interval (with a veggie option) all for the amazing price of £15 (payable in advance, please – I’ll give you details about how to pay when your invitation is confirmed). There will also be a reasonably priced honesty bar available!

A House Gig is a cosy (!?) affair and, whilst we provide seating for most people, some of you will be required to sit on the floor – we’ll provide a comfy cushion for you (we have plenty of these) – so you might want to dress accordingly! Just so you know, we always encourage folk to swap around for the second set!

Please remember a House Gig is a listening event rather than a talking event. Read Shhh … there’s a band playing!

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