Claude calls in to Berwickshire after Fringe spot

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A French musician with a love for Spanish music - an interesting mix but a formula that works for Claude Bourbon.

The guitarist is preparing for his third sell out gig at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in as many years and after he plays in front of a capacity crowd up there on August 14 he’s hoping he’ll get a decent audience along to his shows at Coldingham and Longformacus halls on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 respectively.

As a man who’s used to playing a real mix of venues, Claude always looks forward to chartering new territory and whilst he played in Coldingham last year he’ll be making his debut in Longformacus.

“I like the challenge of going to new plays and playing different types of venues,” he told WOW.

“In Europe I play mainly art centres and churches whereas in America I’ve played museums, libraries and done a lot of house concerts as well.

“Just like any job there is a risk things can get a little boring so I like change. I change my repertoire around quite often.”

When WOW spoke to Claude he’d just received word that he’d sold out his Fringe show at St Bride’s and he was thrilled, because it once again proved that although his fusion of medieval and Spanish blues isn’t mainstream, it obviously has real appeal.

“It’s a fusion that people don’t expect. Not many people will associate music by Bach with an acoustic guitar but it works.

“I started playing 40 years ago and I learnt on a classical guitar but I experimented with electric and playing in bands before going solo.

“It can take a while to find your style.”

Tickets for Claude’s Coldingham show are priced £8 and on sale from www.coldingham.info, Coldingham Post Office or Occasions in Eyemouth.

Longformacus tickets are £12 including Sunday lunch.