American soul diva & piano whirlwind on European tour

Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman

With over 3 million YouTube hits and a new live album, Doña Oxford is heading back to the UK and Europe this winter for another tour with her British band.

Doña, a New Yorker living in Los Angeles, was a major hit with fans as part of Albert Lee’s band last year, as well as her own successful 26 date tour last spring. Doña’s outstanding piano skills prompted none other than Keith Richards to shout, “You’re a bitch!” as they jammed together on stage. She has also recorded with the likes of Van Morrison and Roger Daltrey.

Inspired to play the piano after being given a one-octave toy keyboard as a Christmas gift, she was performing publicly by age seven. Doña’s impressive performances soon caught the eyes and ears of her contemporaries and it wasn’t long before her keyboard & vocal talents were in demand by such luminaries as Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Bob Weir, Julia Fordham, Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap), Andy Fairweather Low, Shakin’ Stevens, Elliott Randall, and her idol, former Chuck Berry sideman and father of rock’n’roll piano, Johnnie Johnson.

Julia Fordham said of her: “The words extraordinary and exceptional really do apply here” and Fortune Magazine described her as “Gladys Knight meets the Rolling Stones”. Elliott Randall (Steely Dan/The Doobie Brothers), had high praise too: “A very rare breed of musician whose musical and vocal skills, along with the passion with which she delivers them, make her a real gem”.

Doña’s new album, ‘Live… And Loud!!’, was produced by Jim Williams and recorded during her last European tour in the spring of 2016 at Matt and Phreds in Manchester, Grand Ol’ Opry in Glasgow, and Liederbuch in Zwickau, Germany. It features Doña’s UK band; James Beck on guitar, Mikey Ciancio on drums, Ellen O’Reilly on bass and Jim Williams on cowbell and other auditory pleasures.

This incredibly talented musician will be stopping by on Dartmoor, where she will play The Watermark Ivybridge on Friday, 27th October at 8pm (please note this is a new date if you have seen a different one previously).

Tickets (£14 advance or £12 advance for Watermark Club Members) can be booked online at or by calling the box office on 01752 892220.

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