TORA is a blues inspired pop/rock band fronted by 25-year-old guitarist and lead singer Tora Dahle Aagård, who has earned herself widespread recognition and popularity due to her playful virtuosity, raw energy and unique stage presence. Her popular Instagram account is followed by nearly 100.000 guitar aficionados from all over the world.
TORA’s first full album TORA was released in February 2019 and was defined as “a promising debut by a new female guitar hero” by the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. Their next album will be released 27th March and the first single Desire was released 7th February.
In October 2018, Tora made history by becoming the first female guitarist ever to sign an endorsement deal with the British guitar company Chapman Guitars.
2019 has been a busy year for Tora Dahle Aagård. She has played with the likes of Paul Gilbert (Mr Big) and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), as well as Aaron Sterling (John Mayer). In addition to playing gigs at numerous renowned Norwegian festivals and venues, Tora performed in London’s Royal Albert Hall on 10th November 2019, as part of The Norwegian Blues Adventure, a concert featuring Norway’s leading blues musicians, joining forces to show the best of what the Norwegian blues movement has on offer. TORA is set for yet another eventful year, including the release of their new album in March, followed by a UK tour. Amongst gigs confirmed, they will perform at Molde International Jazz Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious music festivals in Norway.
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 consists of Tora Dahle Aagård (guitar and lead vocals), Isak Seltveit (bass guitar), Guri Tranås (backing vocals), Andreas Dahle Aagård (guitar) and Magnus Galguften (drums). The songs are written by Tora herself, some in collaboration with Andreas Dahle Aagård.
“Her playful virtuosity and sheer stage presence and energy enchanted the audience. She had the crowd in the palm of her hand during «They Say» and «Feeling Good». Definitely an artist to watch.”
Norway Rock Magazine
“Tora has an incredible talent and is the most courageous guitarist I have ever met – throws herself fearlessly into a jam session with the likes of Jennifer Batten and Paul Gilbert – just like that.”
Larvik Guitar Festival
“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 example of what the blues tradition needs than her.”
Kjell Inge Brovoll, Blues in Hell