Highflyer still soaring after Diamond day; Music.
AT this summer's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Black Country-born blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor earned her wings - literally.
During the concert in front of half a million people outside Buckingham Palace, she could be seen accompanying rock goddess Annie Lennox in a rendition of There Must Be An Angel with a pair of giant celestial wings on her shoulders.
"It was a relatively big gig," she reflects coyly. "I landed in the UK the Monday before," she recalls, "and went to my parents' house, where there was an email from Annie Lennox.
"I got about seven days' notice, which was slightly nerve-wracking, but probably a good thing, because otherwise I would have got into a state about it," she admits.
Joanne says the three-and-a-half minute performance, in which she played a guitar solo, was a "bit of a blur".
And strangely, it wasn't the half million faces that she could see all the way up The Mall that most worried her, but one face she couldn't - her mum watching at home on television.
"I was more worried about the TV audience because I was aware that my mum would be watching. There's no one more worried than my mum in those situations."
Since the concert, everyone has been asking about the wings, and whether she still has them, she says.
The answer is yes. "My mum insisted I keep them for my 18-month-old niece," she reveals. I had to wear them on my back on the train to the West Midlands," she adds. "It was the only way I could carry them."
Fresh from her royal performance, Joanne has a new album out, Almost Always Never, on Ruf Records, an exciting mix of blues and rock all delivered in her characteristic smokey voice. She sets off on a UK tour this month.
TicketInfo Joanne Shaw Taylor plays Robin 2, Mount Pleasant, Bilston on October 9 at 8.15pm. PS14 adv, PS15 door. Tel: 01902 401 211.
Royal performance: Joanne Shaw Taylor Picture: Shervin Lainez.