In My Own Key


Exotic venues, sold-out concerts, and the companionship of the world’s most powerful people have given Liona Boyd a lifestyle that, like her music, is one in a million.

The internationally acclaimed classical guitarist has crossed numerous boundaries, both musically and romantically. Whether working with such classical greats as Alexandre Lagoya or with such folk legends as Gordon Lightfoot, she has always made music — and lived her life — in her own key.

In this colourful memoir she serves up a rich and fascinating mix: childhood with her progressive parents in England, Canada, and Mexico, intense and exacting music studies in Toronto and Europe, down-and-out years in London and Paris, drug experimentation in a Mexican artists’ colony, and whirlwind trips around the globe to eminent concert stages.

And who can forget her eight-year affair with Canada’s prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau? Here, for the first time, Liona tells the full story behind that relationship.

It all makes for a rousing, feisty, passionate tale, as compelling and entrancing as the music of her RamĂ­rez guitar.

About the Author

Liona Boyd

Posted by Kendra on December 20, 2016
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Liona Boyd

Liona Boyd, known around the world as “The First Lady of the Guitar” has released twenty-seven albums, spanning a wide range of styles, many of which have gone gold and platinum. She has been awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Queen’s Jubilee medal, five honorary doctorates, has been inducted into the Guitar Gallery of Greats, and won five Juno awards. She lives in Toronto.