Fiona Boyes plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and American reviewers have described her as a ‘musical anomaly’ and ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’!
A distinctive finger-style 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 16 different 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).
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 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)
“Blending tradition with innovation, and showing off her stellar guitar chops and sharp wit!” – Blues Revue Magazine, USA