The famous British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading is coming to Shetland to get “married” next month.
The 60-year-old who lives in Surrey is to be joined in a civil partnership with Maggie Butler, who is believed to be an artist.
The ceremony is due to take place at an unknown venue somewhere in the islands on Monday 2nd May, which coincidentally is the day of the Shetland Folk Festival’s final fling.
The couple’s special occasion is listed on the public notice board outside the Registrar and court house building on Lerwick’s Hillhead.
Armatrading, who has an MBE, was a pioneering female solo rock artist who started out in the early 1970s. She was hailed as Britain’s first truly successful black artist and is a renowned guitar player, mixing soul, pop, blues and even jazz styles.
Her hits have included Drop the Pilot, Me Myself I, All the Way from America and Love and Affection. Another song, The Weakness in Me, has been voted the top Lesbian love song in online polls.
Born in the island of St Kitts in the West Indies, Armatrading came to Britain and grew up in Birmingham from the age of seven.
In a music career spanning nearly 40 years she has released over 20 albums, nine of which went Top 20 in the UK. She has been nominated for three Grammy awards in America and two BRITS in the UK.
More recently she toured with Cyndi Lauper on her True Colors shows which are aimed at promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. Among others who have taken part are Erasure and Rufus Wainwright.
Currently Armatrading has a new DVD and double CD Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
She has many other talents besides music, being an academic and an occasional BBC radio presenter. She even ran her first marathon just a few weeks before her 58th birthday. The same year she received an honorary degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, which she added to various other degrees.
Little is known about her partner although a Maggie Butler designed the artwork for her 1979 live album Steppin’ Out.