Ladies bring the blues


In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed blues gui­tar show Girls with Gui­tars is head­ing to Rau­mati South this week.

Amer­i­can- based mu­si­cians Sa­man­tha Fish, Joanne Shaw Tay­lor and Danielle Sch­nebe­len have in­di­vid­u­ally toured North Amer­ica, Europe and Aus­tralia, but will be­gin their first New Zealand tour to­gether this week, start­ing at Val­halla Cafe.

They will per­form ma­te­rial from their orig­i­nal al­bums, as well as com­bined items, or­gan­iser Simon Vare said.

Mr Vare de­scribes Shaw Tay­lor as a ‘‘hard-edged Bri­tish blues gui­tar player ex­traor­di­naire’’ who has re­leased three crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bums since 2009.

She played lead gui­tar for An­nie Len­nox at the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Con­cert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buck­ing­ham Palace last year, he said.

Kansas City na­tive Sa­man­tha Fish’s de­but al­bum won best new artist de­but at the 2012 Blues Mu­sic Awards in Mem­phis.

Bass player Danielle Sch­nebe­len was also recog­nised at the awards, re­ceiv­ing a nom­i­na­tion for best bassist.

Girls with Gui­tars will per­form through­out the North Is­land over the next two weeks, fin­ish­ing at Bodega in Welling­ton on March 9 at 8pm.

The tour was orig­i­nally planned to co­in­cide with the Bikes, Blues and Hot Cars Fes­ti­val in New Ply­mouth, where they will per­form on March 1.

Girls with Gui­tars, Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 27, 8pm, Val­halla Cafe. Lim­ited tick­ets for $25 from Val­halla, or door sales $30.

Girls with gui­tars: From left: Joanne Shaw Tay­lor, Sa­man­tha Fish and Danielle Sch­nebe­len are a force to be reck­oned with.

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