Saturday May 16th at 10:00 AM
Broadbeach Mall (Victoria Avenue)
Sunday May 17th at 10:00 AM
Surf Parade Stage
Friday May 15th at 12:00 PM
Room 81 Sofitel Broadbeach
Blues on Broadbeach welcomes Fiona Boyes & the Fortune Tellers back to Broadbeach to ‘wow’ crowds with her finger picking once again.
No stranger to Blues on Broadbeach and the tour scene, Fiona 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 finger picking and slide guitarist, Fiona’s soulful, authoritative style has earned her unprecedented recognition overseas as an Australian artist. Eight-time nominee at the US Blues Music Awards and winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, she has toured widely, performing at acoustic, guitar, jazz, and blues festivals, clubs and cultural centres 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 Grammys of the Blues.
Fiona’s 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!’
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