Shelley Walker as Lead Guitarist
Shelley Walker started performing music with her sister as a young teenager, building up their strong musicianship and representation of women in rock with performances worldwide. A professional musician for over 15 years she teaches music at numerous schools and personal influences include Angus Young, Gary Moore, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Brian May. Though classically trained from youth she mostly enjoyed playing with local jazz and blues musicians. Before starting the band JOANovARC Shelley performed as a session guitarist for emerging acts signed to major labels such as Raissa (Polydor Records) at the Sheperd's Bush Empire supporting Eagle Eye Cherry, with a tv appearance on T4 and TFI Friday with Chris Evans (Channel 4), Fully Booked (BBC2) and MTV Unplugged. She's also worked with Suede on their UK sell out tour in 1999. In 2000 Shelley joined the successful female rock group The Suffrajets who signed a record deal with Sony. The group toured throughout the UK and Europe, were filmed in Pinewood Studios and as part of a Channel 4 documentary We are the Suffrajets and featured on many radio shows. In 2004 Shelley focussed her energies and created her own project with sister Sam Walker and the female band JOANovARC was born.