The Morgan Giosa Blues Series

Guitarists will play a series of blues concerts at the Windsor Art Center on the second Sunday of each month in September through December from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Each concert will have a guest artist along with Morgan:

Sunday, September 8:  Frank Varela

Sunday, October 13: Geoff Willard

Sunday, November 10: Gene Donaldson

Sunday, December 8:  Tommy Whalen

Tickets are $20.00;  $15.00 for WAC members.



Morgan Giosa: Morgan is a 27 year old web developer, blues guitarist, photographer, and visual artist from Windsor, Connecticut.

From an early age, Morgan was raised around music and the arts. His brother Alex is a professional drummer and a skilled visual artist. Many of Morgan’s friends and peers are gigging musicians. As such, Morgan has naturally discovered his own passion in blues guitar and the visual arts through this frequent exposure to creativity.

A self described “old soul”, Morgan feels his music is most rooted in inspiration from the electric psychedelic blues of the 1960s (artists such as Michael Bloomfield and Jimi Hendrix are among his favorites), as well as influenced by the greatest electric bluesmen of all time (particularly B.B. King and Albert King, two of his favorite musicians).

Morgan’s music and visual art ultimately come to him spontaneously from his unique and unconventional intuition and emotions and life experiences.

Frank Varela: Frank is a virtuoso jazz guitar player, whose one man band – in which Frank plays guitar and bass simultaneously – has played throughout New England. In 2012, Frank recorded and released a CD of original music alongside longtime collaborators Bob Laramie and Rick Marshall, entitled “Grandma’s Revenge”. He has also performed with various accomplished musicians, including Larry Coryell and Lenny White, as well as recording a recent album as a lead guitarist with the Fake News Blues Band.

Geoffrey Willard: Geoff is an accomplished blues and rock guitarist who is currently performing with the house band at The Hungry Tiger and is the lead guitarist for Ali Kat and the Revelators.  Geoff’s primary influences are the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers.

Gene Donaldson: Gene Donaldson is a well known musician in the Greater Hartford area for the last 40 years. He has worked as a guitar and bass instructor at Windsor Music since 1970. He played guitar for “The Motown Review” from 1985 until 1992. Since then he has been working with his own group The Stingrays as well as hosting blues jams at various venues such as Black Eyed Sally’s and The Hungry Tiger. Gene is a lifelong resident of Windsor and has performed on the town Green for many Shad Derby celebrations as well as the Thursday Night Concert series.

Tommy Whalen:  Tommy has performed locally and internationally as a long-time lead guitarist for Eight to the Bar.  He currently fronts the band Tommy Whalen and the Ragged Edge, which plays a mixture of blues and rock music.  He is also a continuing host guitarist at The Hungry Tiger and Black Eye Sally’s.