The Cresset (Fitzwilliam Suite), Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DX
TUESDAY 19th March 2013 7:30pm
Shakedown Blues in collaboration with The Cresset present:
& Her American Band
Christopher Burns:Keys (Chris plays the Bass parts with his left hand in the manner traditional to the old Hammond trios.)
Dave Tucker: Drums
Craig Caffall: Guitar
Maria Muldaur was born in 1943 in Greenwich Village, New York and was in the vanguard of the influential early 60’s ‘village folk boom’ that included Dave Van Ronk, Spider John Koerner, Stefan Grossman, Roy Bookbinder, Rev Gary Davis and a young Bob Dylan. Together with John Sebastian, Grossman and David Grisman she formed The Even Dozen Jug Band. When this band folded she then joined Jim Kweskin & His Jug Band as vocalist and occasional violinist. She eventually married one of the band members, Geoff Muldaur, and they recorded two albums together.
Her first solo album “Maria Muldaur” released in 1973 contained her huge hit “Midnight at The Oasis” which reached No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.
I enjoyed her next album “Waitress in A Donut Shop” which was quick on the heels of the hit single but none of the songs had the quirkiness of “Midnight at The Oasis” which 'pop' fans were looking for.
Subsequently Maria toured extensively worldwide and recorded 40 odd albums covering all aspects of American Roots Music - R&B/Gospel/Jazz and Big Band and more recently plays her take on the blues. Her critically acclaimed 2001 release “Richland Woman Blues” was nominated for a Grammy by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of The Year as was her next album “Sweet Lovin’ ‘Ol Soul”.
In 2009 Maria recorded an album revisiting her original Jug Band roots together with John Sebastian and David Grisman “Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy” and the 2011 release 'Steady Love' reached No.1 in the Living Blues Radio Charts and Maria was nominated for the Koko Taylor Award – Best Traditional Female Blues Artist in the Blues Foundation Music Awards.
Her latest release ‘First Came Memphis Minnie’ re-evaluates Memphis Minnies catalogue and includes input from Bonnie Raitt, Rory Block, Ruthie Foster, Phoebe Snow, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Steve James and Roy Rogers.
Another, not to be missed, Shakedown Blues gig.
Tickets £17 in advance/£18 via PayPal at www.shakedownblues.co.uk/£19 at the door/Available from The Cresset Box Office 01733 265705 and Shakedown Blues 01733 380249