Anna Calvi: ‘I learned to play guitar through Jimi Hendrix’ – video

Singer also says she was inspired by Edith Piaf and Nina Simone

Anna Calvi has spoken about her early influences and inspirations in a new video interview.

Speaking to NME in the video, which you watch by clicking above, the singer said she learned to play guitar by “playing along to Jimi Hendrix records in my bedroom.”

She added: “I love singers like Edith Piaf and Nina Simone, who have so much emotion in their voices. It’s quite out of fashion now, but I really like it.”


Calvi headlines May’s Emerge NME Radar Tour, with Grouplove and Big Deal also on the bill.

The Emerge NME Radar Tour calls at:

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (May 1)
Bristol Thekla (2)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (3)
York Fibbers (5)
Hull University (6)
Manchester Academy 3 (7)
Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (9)
Liverpool O2 Academy 2 (10)
Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (11)
Cambridge Junction (14)
Norwich Waterfront (15)
Oxford O2 Academy 2 (16)
London KOKO (17)

To check the availability of Emerge NME Radar Tour tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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