Woman’s week at Colston Hall

TWO big names on the music scene head for Bristol’s Colston Hall in the coming week.

On Tuesday 14th November, Black Country blues star Joanne Shaw Taylor plays in the main hall. The guitarist and vocalist has established herself on Britain’s blues rock scene, defying stereotypes of her age and gender. She has won fans around the world – even among the notoriously impenetrable USA blues rock crowd.

And on Saturday 18th November it’s time for Bristol audiences to welcomes singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens.

First known as the voice of the  Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon’s subsequent solo career had a bost last year when she joined the cast of Nashville, finding new audiences around the world.

She moves effortlessly between gospel holler, tender folk song, and country ballad, putting her own raw and heart-wrenching mark on songs by Patsy Cline, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone and others.

She won the Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year award for her first solo album, and her second offering, Freedom Highway, combines  new songs with old.

For more details of both gigs, visit the website, www.colstonhall.org, or telephone 0117 203 4040.