“I ain’t never seen a woman finger-pick a guitar like that since Memphis Minnie. She’s the best gal guitar player I heard in more than 35 years”
— Willie ‘Pinetop’ Perkins, Grammy-winning Delta pianist
Fiona Boyes: electric, acoustic - solo or with her band!
Fiona Boyes plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter. International reviewers reviewers have described her as a ‘musical anomaly’ and ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’!
A distinctive finger-picking and slide guitarist, Fiona’s soulful, authoritative style has earned her unprecedented recognition overseas as an Australian artist. Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, she has toured widely, performing at acoustic, guitar, jazz, and blues festivals, clubs and cultural centers in more than 20 countries.
Fiona’s new release ‘Voodoo in the Shadows’ follows two previous award-winning albums, ‘Box and Dice’ and ‘Professin’ the Blues’ which, between them garnered 2015 & 2017 The Age Music Victoria Awards for Best Blues Album, the 2017 USA Blues Blast Award for Best Acoustic Album, and final four nominations in the USA Blues Music Awards for Best Album, Best Female Artist, Best Acoustic Artist, and the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Female Artist). Fiona is the only Australian ever to be nominated for these awards, which are considered to be the Grammies of the Blues.
Fiona has been nominated for the Koko Taylor Award (Best Traditional Female Artist) at the 2019 USA Blues Music Awards to be held in Memphis on May 9th. She has also garnered 4 nominations for the 2019 Australian Blues Music Awards for Blues Album of the Year (Voodoo in the Shadows), Artist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year (Call Their Name)
Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her mostly original repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you’ll hear Delta slide guitar, single chord Mississippi Hills grooves, intricate country blues finger picking, along with material drawn from the classic blues sounds of New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. ‘Voodoo in the Shadows’ extends her exploration of the musical stylings of Mississippi and Louisiana, featuring swampy electric guitar along with a collection of unique cigar box guitars and a rare National ResoLectric Baritone. 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!'
Awards page for more background info
Selected videos at the YouTube page
BEST OF THE BLOGS: from Fiona’s US record label Reference Recordings