Joan Armatrading at The Hexagon
November 15, 2012
If Joan Armatrading were to write down all her accolades in a list she would almost certainly run out of ink before she got to the end.
The Ivor Novello award winner has been nominated for the BRIT Awards twice, notched up three nominations for the Grammys, and was awarded a MBE by the Queen.
Not bad for a musician whose career started with a £3 guitar bought from a pawn shop.
During 40 years in the music business Joan has earned a reputation as one of the most talented performers in the UK and at 61 she’s far from ready to give up yet.
The musician embarked on her 2012 tour in September and arrives in Reading next Thursday. The tour sees Joan play old favourites like Love and Affection and Willow, as well as new music from her latest album Starlight, released earlier this year.
The new album brings hints of jazz building on Joan’s previous two records, Into the Blues and This Charming Life, which offered blues and rock/pop respectively.
Joan has also invited local artists to play in support slots for each date of the tour, along with folk singer Chris Wood. London-based band Worry Dolls will be opening for Joan at The Hexagon and promise a blend of folk and indie music.
The gig starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £29.50. Call 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com