Fiona Boyes, Australia’s first lady of the Blues, an exceptional blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter is coming to Club Mullum. She will be accompanied by Melbourne’s Hammond B3 maestro Tom Neal, also playing bass guitar and local favourite Grant Gerathy on drums. Fiona often plays solo, so we are in for a real treat with this line-up.
Boyes has been recording and performing for more than 25 years, building a career that has taken her to major festivals and stages around the world. A veteran artist with 15 releases, she has been honoured with 7 USA Blues Music Awards nominations in 5 different categories over the years, including 2 nominations in 2017 for ‘Acoustic Artist of the Year’ and ‘Acoustic Album of the Year’ for her latest release ‘Professin’ The Blues’. She’s also received more than 30 Australian music awards, spanning the blues, folk, jazz and Americana scenes. Fiona’s immersion in the wide musical and historical traditions that make up the Blues and her deep love of the art-form itself lends conviction and authenticity to her playing and songwriting.
Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you’ll hear pre-war Delta slide, wailing laments, single chord Mississippi Hills grooves, intricate and beautiful finger picking, rollicking New Orleans barrelhouse, greasy Memphis soul, driving classic Chicago sounds, the country stylings of Texas Swing, and the uptown sounds of the West Coast.
As her friend and mentor, the late, great Hubert Sumlin said: ’She’s got it! I’ve played with all of them – and she’s got it!’http://www.fionaboyes.com
Local singer songwriter, guitarist and harp player Guy Kachel will be supporting. http://www.guykachel.com