Wilko Johnson Announces April 2016 UK Tour with very special guest Joanne Shaw Taylor
Rhythm & Blues legend and guitarist Wilko Johnson has announced his first UK headline shows since his sensational appearance with Roger Daltrey at 02 Shepherds Bush Empire last year. Blues singer-songwriter & guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor joins him as special guest on these six unique shows, taking place throughout April 2016.
Known for his incredible distinctive chopping guitar style, Wilko has gone on to find further success recently after teaming up with Roger Daltrey on 2014’s Going Back Home. An album of the year it featured reworkings of songs from Wilko’s Dr Feelgood days such as ‘All Through The City’ and ‘Going Back Home’.
Wilko recorded the album at a time when he was expecting to die from cancer. He was diagnosed in 2012 and given just months to live, heading out on a farewell tour after opting not to undergo chemotherapy. But a reassessment by medics led to major pioneering surgery which left him cancer-free and with a new zest for life.
Joanne Shaw Taylor is a blues singer-songwriter and guitarist from Birmingham, United Kingdom who has been going from strength to strength since being discovered by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart as a 16 year old guitar prodigy.
Through hard work and near-constant touring, she is now one of the hottest young names on the British Blues circuit. She is admired and respected by many leading blues guitarists including Joe Bonamassa.
Joanne was voted “Best British Female Vocalist” at the British Blues Awards in 2010 and 2011. Also, Joanne was invited as special guest to Annie Lennox performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012.
She has released four studio albums and her latest release ‘The Dirty Truth’ is out now on Joanne’s boutique record label Axehouse Music. In 2016, she will also be joining Glenn Hughes as a special guest on his US Tour.
The six-date UK Tour will stop at the following venues:
In addition, Wilko Johnson will also be appearing at Cornbury Music Festival on Friday 8th July 2016 at The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Tickets are on sale now and available here: http://www.cornburyfestival.com/
Julien Temple’s documentary film ‘The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson’ is released on DVD on by Cadiz Music and is out now. This very special package includes surreal and thought-provoking artwork from Jonny Halifax – who designed the award-winning poster for the film – and dark fairytale sleeve notes by biographer Zoë Howe.