WILKO JOHNSON ANNOUNCES UK HEADLINE TOUR FEATURING BLUES-ROCK ARTIST JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR AS SPECIAL GUEST

Wilko Johnson live at Koko, London. 6th March 2013.Johnson's own band includes Blockheads members - Norman Watt-Roy (bass guitar) and Dylan Howe (drums) (Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Two UK talents announce they will hook up for the very first time for six unique shows

R&B legend Wilko Johnson has announced his first UK headline shows since his sensational appearance with Roger Daltrey at 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.

Joanne Shaw Taylor performing on the Blues Stage, Ramblin' Man Fair 25/07/15 (Simon Reed)

Tickets are on general sale and are available at www.thegigcartel.com / 0844 478 0898.

14 April Glasgow O2 ABC
15 April Newcastle O2 Academy
16 April Manchester The Ritz
21 April Bristol O2 Academy
22 April Leamington The Assembly
23 April London O2 Forum Kentish Town

These unique must see shows unite two awesome talents who individually sell out every venue they play. Wilko has had a four-decade career, cutting his teeth in the pub rock scene in the raucous rhythm & blues outfit Dr Feelgood. During his time with the band he scored a number one album with live album Stupidity before moving to the next phase of his career, which included acclaimed solo releases and a stint with Ian Dury and the Blockheads. He returned to the stage earlier this year following life-saving cancer surgery in 2014.

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.

In-demand blues artist Joanne Shaw Taylor, who joins Wilko as special guest on the tour, has played dozens of shows in her own right this year showcasing tracks from her critically acclaimed fourth album, 2014’s The Dirty Truth, as well as songs from her previous releases White Sugar and Almost Always Never.

Joanne Shaw Taylor commented: “More than excited about going on tour with Wilko Johnson. He has had such a huge influence on all of us and I have endless admiration for the man. It’s going to be an incredible tour, bring on 2016.”