With the gender question, I’ve found that with the higher calibre of musicians, the less it matters.It’s all about the music.” (Toronto Globe and Mail) “I’m a guitar player, first and foremost. In fact, aside from Memphis Minnie, my singing may have been most influenced by my guitar playing.” (Guitar Player Magazine) BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty, Joe Cocker, Johnny Lang, Rufus Thomas, Will Calhoun, Joe Ferry, Chuck Rainey, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, Lowell Fulson, Jimmie Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bill Doggett, Lester Bowie, Albert Collins, George Porter Jr., Earl King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Van Morrison, Nina Simone, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Lazy Lester, Colin James, Colin Linden, Keb Mo, Hubert Sumlin, George Thorogood, Solomon Burke, Roy Buchanan etc…Juno Award 2001 Best Blues Album Maple Blues Awards 2006 Guitarist of the Year 2004 Female Vocalist of the Year 2004 Acoustic Act of the Year 2004 Recording of the Year 2002 Entertainer of the Year 2002 Songwriter of the Year 2002 Recording of the Year 2002 Female Vocalist of the Year 2001 Entertainer of The year 2001 Guitarist of the Year 2001 Female Vocalist of The year 2000 Songwriter of the Year 2000 Entertainer of the Year 2000 Guitarist of the Year 2000 Recording of the Year 1999 Female Vocalist of the Year Trophee De Blues De France 2003 Best Female Guitarist 2001 Best Female Guitarist 1999 Best Female Guitarist 32nd Blues Music Awards Nominee – Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) 24th W. Her extraordinary songwriting and unique artistic vision inspired a generation of musicians and enchanted audiences.She’s rarely seen in public and last toured in 1979.No surprise, then, that in March, when she announced a 22-night residency this autumn at London’s Eventim Apollo, the tickets sold out in 15 minutes.
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Foley spent her early childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father’s guitar and started her professional career at sixteen.
By twenty-one, Foley was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone’s—the esteemed blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In 2001, she won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for her CD, based around dozens of interviews she conducted with the world’s leading female guitarists.
From 2001-2008, she wrote articles, organized and promoted concerts, and worked on a book—fueling her passion for gender studies in music and her desire to bring the work of great women guitar players to light. 2016 brought Foley full circle when she returned to Austin, TX and started collaborating with some of her old friends and many Texas musical legends including Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top).