Yeah, well, Bank Holiday weekend I is slavin away on telly….
you’ve got to get your R & R where you can!
Really excited to be going up to the Albert Hall
for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Joan Armatrading is picking up a Lifetime Achievements award.
I want to stand up and give her a standing ovation for that one.
Shall we find out a little more about Joan?
Well the first thing that struck me was that her name is
Joan Anita Barbara.
That made me smile because
my oldest and dearest schoolfriend is Anita.
So we both got included!
I love finding out about where people come from, don’t you?
Joan Armatrading was born in 1950 in Basseterre on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts as the third of six children. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a housewife. When she was three years old, her parents moved with their two eldest boys to Birmingham, England, while Joan was sent to live with her grandmother on the Caribbean island of Antigua. In early 1958 at the age of seven, she joined her parents in Brookfields, then a slum district of Birmingham.The area is now mostly demolished and has been absorbed into the district of Handsworth.
Antigua to Brookfields. That must have been a shock.
Her father had played in a band in his youth, later forbidding his children from touching his guitar. At about the age of 14, Armatrading began writing songs by setting her own limericks to music on a piano that her mother had purchased as “a piece of furniture”. Shortly thereafter, her mother bought her a £3 guitar from a pawn shop in exchange for two prams, and the younger Armatrading began teaching herself the instrument.