TORA is a blues inspired pop/rock band fronted by 25-year-old guitarist and lead singer Tora Dahle Aagård, who has earned herself extensive recognition and popularity due to her playful virtuosity, raw energy and unique stage presence. Her popular Instagram account is followed by guitar aficionados from all over the world.
The Lucky 13s are a seven piece soul band,with flavours of blues, funk, gospel and rock, fronted by Jamie Johnson. Formed in June 2019 when Jamie Johnson and Dudley Ross joined forces to write & record original music and already in their short time together they have created a buzz on the scene, which has resulted in interest from major record labels for their modern take on soul influenced music. Together they have recorded a five track live EP and are currently writing material for an album due in Summer 2020.
TORA’s first full album was released on 15th February 2019. It features pop/rock music that embraces the band’s love for the blues and soul genres. The songs are written by Tora herself, some in collaboration with Andreas Dahle Aagård.
In October 2018, Tora made history by becoming the first female guitarist ever to sign a sponsorship deal with Chapman Guitars, a UK based guitar company.
TORA was formed in 2011. Their discography includes 2 EPs – of which their second release, Change of Scenery (2016), reached the top of iTunes’ album charts. Several of their tracks are frequently played on Norwegian radio stations. They have performed on many of Norway’s biggest festivals and the increasing popularity opens the door to stages all over the world.
The band comprises Tora Dahle Aagård (guitar and lead vocals), Isak Seltveit (bass guitar), Guri Tranås (backing vocals), Andreas Dahle Aagård (guitar) and Magnus Galguften (drums).
“The band TORA surprises with own tracks and solid, raw blues/soul/rock performances. It is incredibly liberating to observe that the genre is subject to recruitment of such excellent quality and – on top of that – In a highly male-dominated genre, it is a delight to witness that the tradition is brought forward by a talented young lady.”
“Tora is something as exceptional as an incredibly talented and soulful blues-rock guitarist, aged only 24. I cannot imagine a better representative for what the blues tradition needs than her.”
Kjell Inge Brovoll, Blues in Hell