How Liona Boyd broke down gender barriers to become ‘the First Lady of the Guitar’

Liona Boyd is known as “the First Lady of the Guitar.”

The five-time Juno Award winner has enthralled millions with her romantic and unique brand of classical, folk and world music. She has performed solo and orchestral concerts around the world, had her own TV specials, performed for many heads of state, and recorded 28 albums.

Over a career of more than 45 years, Boyd has received five honorary doctorates, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and the Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is a five-time winner of the Guitar Player magazine poll for best classical guitarist, is a member of the Gallery of Greats, and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Guitar Museum.

Boyd joined us on Café Latino for a conversation.



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