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“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

A world-class performer – Frank John Hadley – Downbeat Magazine

“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

“ One of the world’s best finger-picking blues Guitarists” – The Guardian (Australia)

“Boyes displays her wizardry with spooky and sinus lead guitar…her singing is excellent and her guitar artistry is world-class “ – Blues Music Magazine (USA)2019

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 have described her as a ‘musical anomaly’ and ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin!

A distinctive fingerpicking and slide guitarist, Fiona’s soulful, authoritative system 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 (Including the Durban International Blues Festival in Durban South Africa – twice), clubs and cultural centres in more than 20 countries

Fiona’s most recent studio offering “Voodoo in the Shadows” (2018) extends her exploration of the musical style of Mississippi and Louisiana, featuring swampy electric guitar along with a collection of a unique cigar – box guitars and a rare National Reso- Lectic baritone. It follows other award-winning albums such as the audiophile acoustic album “Professin the Blues” (2016) and “Box and Dice” (2015) which was written around her growing collection of cigar- box guitars.

Fiona was nominated for the Koko TAYLOR Award (Best Traditional Female Artist) at the 2019 USA Blues Music Awards in Memphis with her 8th BMA nomination over various categories since 2007.

Fiona is the only Australian ever to be nominated for these awards- which are considered to the be Grammies of the Blues.