Blues prodigy

Joanne Shaw Taylor
Joanne Shaw Taylor

HAILED as a guitar prodigy at the age of 16 and winner of best British female vocalist of the year twice in a row – Joanne Shaw Taylor is on the rise.

The blues rock singer is touring the country to promote her third album, Almost Always Never, released last month.

You may not have heard her name on the mainstream circuit, but the 26-year-old has been making waves on the international blues scene.

A far cry from years of hard gigging and rejection, Joanne was discovered by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart aged 16, and hailed as the next big thing on the guitar.

Dave clearly has an eye, because she went on to pick up Best British Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards 2010 and 2011.

Now working with notable producer Mike McCarthy, Joanne said of her latest work: “I’ve made an album where I’m starting to hold my own on the guitar.

“I spent a lot of time leading up to these recordings going back and exploring old influences as well as embracing some new things.

“I had the opportunity to write the songs I’ve always wanted to write with an all-star cast to support and nurture them, but also push me and this album to places I would not have been capable of reaching without them”.

Catch Joanne Shaw Taylor at Glasgow’s O2 ABC on Friday, October 26. doors open 7pm, tickets £15 available on 0844 477 2000 or www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk.