Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers
3.35pm, Sunday October 30 – Blues Stage
Fiona Boyes, Australian blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, has been recording and performing for more than 25 years, building a career that has taken her to major festivals and stages around the world. Fiona has carved an international reputation with American reviewers, who have described her as a ‘musical anomaly’ and ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’! A veteran recording artist with 13 releases, Australia’s first lady of the Blues has 5 USA Blues Music Award nominations in 4 different categories, and more than 30 Australian music awards, spanning the blues, folk, jazz, and Americana traditions. Fiona’s immersion in the wide musical and historical traditions that make up the Blues and her deep love of the art-form itself lends conviction and authenticity to her playing and songwriting. 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 pre-war Delta slide, 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.
At this year’s Festival Fiona will be launching her new album ‘Professin’ the Blues’, recorded at George Lucas’ ‘Skywalker Studios’ in California. It is her debut release with Grammy winning audiophile label ‘Reference Recordings’. On ‘Professin’ the Blues’ Fiona digs deep into her love of acoustic blues guitar and songwriting: the roots of the Blues.
Joined by her band the Fortune Tellers, with Hammond B3 master Tim Neal (for the Blues Marquee set only), bassist Dean Addison and drummer Mark Grunden, Fiona will also be performing songs from her previous album ‘Box & Dice’ which hit #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Radio Chart on its’ domestic release and #4 on the US Living Blues Charts and won The Age Vic Music Blues Album of the Year.
As her friend and musical mentor, the late, great Hubert Sumlin said, ‘She’s got it! I’ve played with all of them – and she’s got it!’