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Joanne Shaw Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor

7:30pm, Mon 18 February, 2013

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It’s been a wild ride for young English guitar sensation Joanne Shaw Taylor - from her discovery at age 16 by Dave Stewart of the Eurhythmics, to her recent appearance with Annie Lennox at The Queen’s Jubilee concert. In that time she’s won best female vocalist at the British Blues Awards twice, toured the globe with the likes of BB King and Joe Bonamassa and released three critically acclaimed albums including 2012’s ‘Almost Always Never’.

In a few short years Shaw Taylor has gone from promising young blues talent to a bona fide force on the international music scene.

She's made big waves locally with two smashing visits to Byron Bay's iconic 'Bluesfest' Festival and in February 2013 Joanne will embark on her first national tour, backed by her all-star Australian band featuring members of Chain Award-winning Chase The Sun.

"...this performance came from a goddess - Joanne Shaw Taylor - a 27-year old Detroit-based Englishwoman whose musical style and audacious guitar skills can easily cause a double-take on the part of those who stumble upon her unprepared.

A gravelly blues voice and long, flailing blonde hair add to the feeling that something here does not quite fit the "axe-man" mould carved out by Hendrix, Vaughan, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page or Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones.

Female blues-rock guitarists, after all, are few and far between - particularly if they were born in the mid-1980s and can mesmerize their listeners with a version of Hendrix's "Manic Depression", giving the original a run for its money."

Jeremy Gaunt - Rueters October 2012

"There are a lot of great guitarists and singers in the blues today, what I see in Joanne Shaw Taylor that sets her apart from the rest is the ability to write a great song. Not only is she a killer guitarist and singer, but you find yourself walking away from her shows singing her songs as well."

Joe Bonamassa 

Joanne Shaw Taylor performing with Annie Lennox at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, June 2012, London