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Music, Thu 28 Jun 2018

Glyde House

Glyde House




Born in Lewes, U.K., traditional folksinger Miriam Backhouse made her professional start on the British folk club circuit in the mid-'70s, and released a solo LP, A Gypsy Without a Road, in 1977, which has become an underground British folk classic over the decades since. Miriam moved to South Africa in 1979 with her husband, keyboard player John Erasmus, and made her home in the Valley of a Thousand Hills region there. She released a series of recordings in South Africa which earned her the title of "the African Rose". A clear, expressive singer, Miriam also plays several instruments, including guitar, viola, autoharp, and recorder, and has written hundreds of children's songs, but her forte remains the traditional British, American, and African material that forms the center of her live shows. She tours Britain annually while continuing to make her home in South Africa.

Miriam is celebrating her 70th birthday by making this a special tour of places that have meant a great deal to her over her lifetime.. She was involved in the folk revival of the 60’s, eventually being dubbed “First Lady of Folk”, and gained a reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of British folk songs. Miriam started her folk career at Bradford University.

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Thu 28 Jun 2018 20:30


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