Me, my­self, I

Joan Ar­ma­trad­ing is head­ing to Ade­laide on her fi­nal ma­jor tour – play­ing solo with just a gui­tar, pi­ano and her unique, pow­er­house voice

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JOAN Ar­ma­trad­ing knows all about stay­ing power. Ar­ma­trad­ing, born on the Caribbean is­land of St Kitts and raised in Eng­land, launched her record­ing ca­reer with What­ever’s For Us in 1972. Forty years on, she’s still pow­er­ing on and about to set off on one of the most de­mand­ing tours of her life. She will be play­ing solo, just one woman, her gui­tar and pi­ano and, of course, a song­book stuffed with favourites from across 20 al­bums.

Even though she will be 65 by the time the tour wraps up, she should be in great shape for it. She ran her first marathon in 2008.

“My tours are al­ways long, they go on for a year or 18 months,” Ar­ma­trad­ing says. “For me, six months is a short tour.”

She is def­i­nite that this will be what she calls her last ma­jor tour, although there will be more record­ings and less-ar­du­ous tours in the fu­ture.

“I’ll do shorter things, but I’ll never re­tire. I’ve never done a world tour on my own, so that’s a first. And I haven’t played the pi­ano on stage for years, prob­a­bly not since 1976.

“Some of th­ese songs I’ve sung on stage with a band but not played (with an in­stru­ment), so there is a lot to it. It’s a lit­tle nerve-rack­ing to think that if I for­get a word I can’t look at the key­board player hop­ing

noel men­gel

Joan Ar­ma­trad­ing

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