MEDIEVAL and Spanish blues guitarist Claude Bourbon will be visiting Cumbria on his latest UK tour.

The Franco-Swiss musician, now based in the UK, regularly tours to venues around the world.

On Sunday July 15, he plays at the Florence Arts Centre, in Egremont - returning to the county for an appearance at Zeffirellis, in Ambleside, on Friday August 17.

Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

His inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur.

Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso, bringing together an amalgam of different influences from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences include Paco De Lucia, Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore, Joaquin Rodrigo, JJ Cale and JS Bach.

Bourbon has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others, and has shared the stage with artists such as Calvin Russell, Charlie Morgan, Jan Akkerman, Steve Grossman, Herbie Armstrong, Jose Barrense Dias and many more.

Claude Bourbon appears at the Florence Arts Centre on Sunday July 15, from 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the venue.

The show at Zeffirellis on Friday August 17 gets under way at 8.30pm, and entrance is free.