Striking a chord
YOU may not be familiar with the name Joanne Shaw Taylor, but if you cast your mind back to Annie Lennox's performance at the Queen's diamond jubilee concert, you might remember seeing an amazing female guitarist alongside her.
She was young blues-rock sensation Joanne Shaw Taylor, who will be pitching up at the Wharf in Tavistock tonight as part of a 13-date nationwide tour.
It's not only her phenomenal fretboard wizardry that has got her noticed, though, Joanne was recently voted 'Best British Female Vocalist' at the British Blues Awards.
Born and raised in the Black Country, child prodigy Joanne was 'discovered' aged 16, by the other half of the Eurythmics duo Dave Stewart, after a charity show.
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"A member of UB40 saw me at the gig and passed the CD on to Dave who called at my house the next day to speak to my Dad," explains Joanne.
"I had literally just left school and signed to his label and was soon off on tour sharing stages with the likes of BB King and Jimmy Cliff.
"Back then I was so young I had no fear."
Now in her early 20s, Joanne has gone on to fulfil that early promise and will be parading tracks from her third studio album, Almost Always Never, at the Wharf which shows her holding her own as a brilliant blues player in a world dominated by men.
"People are often surprised to see a woman delivering aggressive blues guitar," says Joanne, "but I've always done it – growing up I didn't realise it was odd.
"My aim is to put in the best performance possible and not to be seen as a novelty act, simply a very good guitarist."
Check out ticket availability by calling the Wharf box office on 01822 611166.