Cross­roads Stage launches with first lady of blues

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

IT’S ap­pro­pri­ate the first per­former on Dubbo’s new­est venue, The Cross­roads Stage, will be Aus­tralia’s first lady of Blues, Mel­bour­nite Fiona Boyes.

She is renowned in Aus­tralia, the USA and Europe for her eclec­tic Blues styles which in­clude Delta slide guitar, sin­gle chord Mis­sis­sippi Hills grooves, in­tri­cate coun­try blues fin­ger pick­ing, and the clas­sic blues sounds of New Or­leans, Chicago and Mem­phis.

Ms Boyes is be­ing hosted in Dubbo by Old Bank Mu­sic Shop’s Michael and Glo­ria Pic­ton who have con­vinced Ms Boyes to stay in town for an ex­tra night to also host a two-hour work­shop on song writ­ing and pos­si­bly a guitar mas­ter class.

Pre­vi­ous work­shops on fin­ger pick­ing, acous­tic blues and cigar box guitars have in­cluded teach­ing at former “Jef­fer­son Air­plane” and “Hot Tuna” gui­tarist Jorma Kauko­nen’s Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp in Ohio, USA.

“It’s not about me sit­ting down and telling peo­ple stuff. I’m in­ter­ested in know­ing what peo­ple want to get out of the work­shop,” Ms Boyes told Dubbo Photo News.

“If any­one has songs that are half writ­ten, or songs they’ve writ­ten, we’ll ac­tu­ally have a chance for peo­ple to sit in a song cir­cle and play songs and talk about what might be good to tweak, or if some­one’s stuck with a song to work­shop it, so peo­ple can get some in­put from my­self and oth­ers, which might help fin­ish a song. There’s lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties,” Ms Boyes said.

Un­like many of her coun­ter­parts in the blues in­dus­try, Ms Boyes started out as the only fe­male blues gui­tarist she knew.

“I was a fan for many years be­fore I be­came a player, so I was go­ing to see a lot of bands and lis­ten­ing to a lot of mu­sic and soak­ing it all up. It was an­other good six or seven years be­fore I de­cided to bor­row a guitar and have a go my­self,” she said.

“That was a chal­lenge in many ways be­cause by the time I did start play­ing guitar I was into my mid to late 20s. There was no real role mod­els and no women play­ing. I was keenly aware my male peers had mostly been play­ing, if not since their teens, but younger. I never imag­ined I would be do­ing what I’m do­ing now.” z Fiona Boyes in con­cert at The Cross­roads Stage, Old Bank Mu­sic Shop, 78 Mac­quarie Street, Dubbo, on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 30, 7pm to 9pm. Tick­ets $20, in store or on­line. Lim­ited seat­ing. z Song writ­ing Work­shop/ Masterclas­s, 7pm to 9pm on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 31. Tick­ets $20, in store or on­line

Aus­tralia’s first lady of blues Fiona Boyes will be the first per­former next week at Dubbo’s new­est venue, the Cross­roads Stage. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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