2021 we open the new blues year with 2 intimate listening concerts by the Belgian/American trio Guy Verlinde.
In the past decade Guy Verlinde dominated the Belgian blues scene and toured non-stop through Europe with his band The Mighty Gators. He recorded 12 albums in 11 years and played at countless festivals and performed several times on stage at Blues Peer, the Ancienne Belgique, De Roma, Cognac Blues Passions, Moulin Blues Ospel, … where he shared the stage with greats like: B.B. King, John Fogerty, Tony Joe White, Santana, John Hiatt, Canned Heat, Jeff Beck, …
Imagine finding the strength to forgive everyone who ever stepped on your soul? That is the starting point of the latest acoustic album “All Is Forgiven” by Guy Verlinde. With this very personal, intimist album, he transcends the blues and shows that he is also at home in the Americana music & singer-songwriter genre. During this concert, Guy will be assisted by two top-class musicians.
Tom Beardslee on banjo, mandolin, lap steel from Ohio (US) is a versatile musician and a master painter of sound. This multi-instrumentalist strips songs down to their pure essence and draws from the rich catalogue of blues, Americana, folk and classical music. He is a much sought-after studio and session musician.
Oliver Vander Bauwede (harmonica & gitar) is one of the new batch of Ghent blues musicians. A versatile harmonica player, who goes much further than just the traditional blues licks. Influenced by his teacher Steven De bruyn (El Fish, The Rhythm Junks), he explores the most diverse musical styles with his harmonica and studies jazz at the Brussels conservatory.
The focus during this performance will be on the whisper/listen songs he wrote together for this album. Guy Verlinde is known as the energetic performer, but this time he shows his most modest and intimate side. It is a concert full of stories about love, loss, hope, resurrection, … but above all about the positive power of music. A concert not to be missed with dreamy fingerpicking, acoustic slide guitar, a harmonica and narrative songs that grab you by the throat.