Maria Muldaur and her band’s Debut Performance for the Courthouse. We are so excited to have this wonderfully talented woman singing our favorites and new songs you will love. This is truly a special show.
Maria was born as Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D’Amato on September 12, in Greenwich Village, New York City. At age five, Maria was already singing “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” with her aunt accompanying her on piano. Muldaur became an aficionado of rhythm and blues music in her teen years and formed her own girl group called “The Cashmeres” in high school. She eventually began participating in jam sessions in the Greenwich Village area and joined the band, the Friends of Old Timey Music. Maria traveled to North Carolina and studied bluegrass fiddle with noted folk/country musician Doc Watson. She then returned to New York and became a member of the group, the Even Dozen Jug Band. After that group broke up, Muldaur moved to Boston, MA and joined the Jug Band, where she met her future husband.
After the group disbanded in 1968, Maria and Geoff became a duo and recorded two albums on the Reprise record label. The couple split up both personally and professionally in 1972. Muldaur subsequently embarked on a solo career. In 1974, she scored her biggest and best-known hit with the sultry song, “Midnight at the Oasis”, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard pop charts in 1974. The follow-up song, “I’m A Woman”, likewise did well. Maria has since gone on to record and release a slew of well-received albums throughout the years.
More recently, Muldaur has specialized in tribute albums which include 2002’s “Animal Crackers in My Soup (The Songs of Shirley Temple)”, 2003’s “A Woman Alone with the Blues (Remembering Peggy Lee)” and 2006’s “Heart of Mine: Love Songs of Bob Dylan”. Maria Muldaur released her latest album “Yes We Can!” in July, 2008.
Tickets are $35 in advance and are available on our website courthousearts.org OR on facebook www.facebook.com/CourthouseArtsRI.