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’ssoulful, 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!'
“…. one of the world’s best fingerpicking blues guitarists …. her versatility means she’s impossible to categorise: she’ll jump from Louisiana swamp blues to driving classic Chicago sounds, rollicking New Orleans barrelhouse to wailing laments, and back again, in a 30-minute set” - The Guardian (Sept, 2017)
“Boyes displays her wizardry with spooky and sinuous lead guitar … her singing is excellent, and her guitar artistry is world-class” - Blues Music Magazine (USA), 2019
“Voodoo in the Shadows” … near-perfect, dynamic, empathetic meeting and combination. … A simply excellent album, a blues must-have essential this year, this is kickass, badass music, exactly what blues has always been, and could and should remain.” — Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine (USA)
“Australian musician Fiona Boyes has dedicated her life to the music, and that intensity can be heard in everything she sings and plays. Her guitar work puts her in the top class for modern blues people, especially the way the sound seems to sing coming out of her instrument. Boyes never gets hung up trying to be anything other than what she is: someone who uses the music to try and make the world a little bit better place to be. … This new collection of songs is like a wild ride through Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas, up to Chicago and then all the way over to California. There is never any question that what is being heard is the real thing, whether it’s from downtown or down under doesn’t matter. It’s the connection of feelings between people that completes the blues circuit, and makes the results so powerful. It’s all here.” — Bill Bentley, The Morton Report, 2019
“Delighted with her recent acquisition of handsome cigar-box and National Resolectric baritone guitars, Australian Fiona Boyes puts them to the test on her latest release. Sure enough, those guitars have plenty to say in discourses with her true-blue vocals. Her songs are conduits of flammable or relatively tranquil emotion.…” —Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat
“A truly excellent release from a guitar master of pure class.” — Blues Magazine (UK)
“ … we can now let the cat out of the bag. Fiona is Boyes’ middle name, her first name is The Great.… Boyes is sounding like she’s on the run fromPiedmont and the delta with hell hounds on her tail and they think she’s a steak … using her amazing command of all the authentic, traditional moves, particularly no matter what instrument she’s picking on, she will just blow you all the way away … killer stuff.” - Midwest Record (USA)
Anna Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee)
is a Melbourne based singer song writer and guitarist. Scionti's inhibited foot stomping blues is honest and raw. Creating catchy music on a one, three or four string Cigar Box Guitar, you will hear deep, honest blues.
In november 2017, Anna's self titled EP debuted at No 2 on the Australian Blues & Roots Air Play charts. Five self-penned songs feature her unique sound and style of driving slide guitar and seductive vocals. A full length album is due for release in 2019.
Vic/Tas Blues Awards/Chain Awards
You would think you were in a Juke Joint when listening to Steve P & 3 strings new solo album consisting of 14 awesome tracks which will be on sale at the venue.
This festival will see the Master of the Cigar Box Guitar show the audience how it's done!
Steve P is a multi award winning player of stringed instruments, has been building, perfecting, and playing Cigar Box Guitars for two decades or so with many of his instruments proudly owned and played by Cigar Box Guitar lovers.
As well as his electric guitar skills, Steve is well known for his awesome Cigar Box Guitar slide playing in his popular Blues Band Salty Dog.
Along with Steve P on stage, long time music colleague - Ian Amor on Cigar Box Guitar Bass & Vocals - Marion Turner - Vocals - Cigar Box Guitar/Harmonica
with Roger Knight on Drums.
Stringybark McDowell (former Geelong Blues Swamp musician) and partner Molly CoddleCream (SA) will be playing songs from their new cd, Dancing with the Dust Devils (as well as Stringy's legendary hits). They will be performing their theatrically energetic, original desert off-grid eccentrically combustible songs to cigar box, haunting slide, melodic guitar and various handmade instruments, including banjola and a one string didlee bow. Full of laughs and old school blues, their unique originality is not to be missed.
Jojo Rainwater from Memphis Tennessee.
Guaranteed you've never seen or heard anything like him or his home made instruments that drive home a blueys beat -n- groove. Deep soulful vocals that grab your attention. Especially when singing and playing the Bow string ( A native American ) styled instrument which got him an Apra screen Award nomination for best original song 2018 on the recent movie ' Brothers Nest with Shane / Clayton Jacobson. Well Worth hearing the man,s stories -n- songs.
Screen Award nomination with Richard Pleasence. Jojo Rainwater's Album will be available at the festival!
Since then she has been invited to perform at venues such as Kingston Mines (Chicago), Ain’t Nothin’ But A Blues Bar (London) B.B Kings (New Orleans) and The Haskell Opera House (Vermont). With two international tours, a solo album and band E.P under her belt, Simpson is a fresh new face dominating blues scenes across the world.
"She doesn't just play the blues, but really feels it in her soul. Great player, I'm a fan" - Geoff Achison
"Phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal... I've played with some folks but my god” - Amadee Castenell (Elton John, Elvis Costello)
"Welcome on any stage with me!" - Joe Camilleri (The Black Sorrows)
"Truly great playing" - Kenny Olson (The Jimi Hendrix Experience Stadium Tour, Kid Rock)
Sue and Danny have been playing together since 2016.
Danny plays Cigarbox guitars, vocals and blues harp.
Danny makes his own guitars.
Sue plays Cajon (spainish for box) with brushes, hands and feet.
Their musical style is blues/roots but with elements of Middle Eastern music.
Playing originals and covers from Elvis to White Stripes.
HGT is Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, aka Ray Lakeman and his partner/collaborator/muse Jess Dunn. Early 2018 Ray discovered the cigar box guitar, in the form of an electro-acoustic instrument, made by Avocet Guitars.
This remarkable 3-string machine switched him on to the potential of the CBG as an instrument. Working closely with Milan (aka Willy Wonka) from Avocet they soon developed a high output acoustic version of the instrument, and the rest is history. HGT's repertoire includes bluesy original pieces and engaging re-workings of other songs - gathered from all manner of sources.
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