British Blues Award nomination for North Walsham keyboard player Charlotte Joyce

Charlotte Joyce in action on keyboards. The North Walsham musician has been nominated for a British Blues Award. Charlotte Joyce in action on keyboards. The North Walsham musician has been nominated for a British Blues Award.

Sunday, May 11, 2014
11:51 AM

Well-known north Norfolk singer Charlotte Joyce has been nominated for a national blues award.

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Charlotte Joyce in action on keyboards. The North Walsham musician has been nominated for a British Blues Award.Charlotte Joyce in action on keyboards. The North Walsham musician has been nominated for a British Blues Award.

The mum-of-two from North Walsham has had a 20-year career in the local music scene, including fronting her own function band.

But it is as keyboard player for husband Ron Sayer’s blues band that she has been put forward for an accolade.

“It is nice to have some recognition on a national level having performed locally for so long,” she said.

Charlotte has grade eight qualifications in keyboards and vocals. Her performing began with keyboards, before she concentrated more on singing - with her own duo Midnight, then with Ron as duo Spider Murphy, with her own band, and also occasionally part of an Abba tribute act.

But since Ron began touring with his Ron Sayer Junior band she has joined in on vocals and keyboards, including playing to 800 fans at a French festival and collaborating with him on their Hard to Please album.

“With blues it is easier to play keyboards and sing, instead of a band where you are expected to jump around a bit,” she added.

Charlotte said the nomination was particularly pleasing as, unlike some full-time performers, she combined gigs with teaching music and being a mum to children Jasmine, 12, and Jadon, 10.

Last year Ron was nominated for four British Blues awards.

Charlotte’s fate in the awards is now down to a public vote. Vote for her by visiting www.britishbluesawards.com

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