Miriam Erasmus

Miriam Erasmus

Edinburgh Folk Club
Wed 18 Jul 2018
20:00-23:00 (3h)
Miriam Erasmus
Book Tickets
Unreserved seating.
_ Price: £10 / £9 (conc) / £7 (EFC Members) / £5 (students
_ Age Group: All ages (under 18s accompanied)
_ Venue: The Library Gallery

Miriam Erasmus’ musical career spans 6 decades of touring, teaching, and creating clubs and venues for other artists to share their talents.

Miriam, born in Lewes, made her first public appearance at the age of 5, playing the recorder with the Sussex Orchestra. She learned folk songs from her grandparents, and has been involved in the Folk Music revival since the ’60s when, whislt studying to be a Music and Speech and Drama teacher, she started singing at Bradford University Folk Club.

As a professional touring artiste in the ’70s she was given the name “First Lady of Folk”, becoming one of the foremost interpreters of British Folk Songs. Her debut album Gypsy without a road on Mother Earth Music label, is now a collector’s item and mentioned in Electric Eden by Rob Young.In 1977 she emigrated to South Africa.
Best known for her songs Over Africa , Sittin’ here sittin’ and The beautiful pass at van Reenen, her album is a classic. Her second SA album earned her another title: that of “African Rose”. These songs of protest from all eras are evergreens, and her songs Don’t let it happen to my child and Mother’s lament are intense.
In 2009 she and David Etheridge teamed up again to produce Now and Then an homage to the early collectors and arrangers of English traditional folk songs, plus some amazing progressive arrangements by David.
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