MIRIAM – My Life, My Song

RHUMBELOW THEATRE Durban & Pietermaritzburg PRESENTS

MIRIAM – My Life, My Song

Miriam Erasmus

SUNDAY    09 OCT 2016   Show starts 14.00 – Durban

SUNDAY    09 OCT 2016   Show starts 18.30 – Durban

(Venue opens 90 minutes before show for meal)

SUNDAY    23 OCT 2016   Show starts 14.00 – Pietermaritzburg

SUNDAY     23 OCT 2016   Show starts 18.30 – Pietermaritzburg

(Venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner)

” Miriam ( Backhouse-Erasmus), or Mim as she is affectionately known, is South Africa’s “Queen of Folk”, and the UK’s “First Lady of Folk”. From being part of the ’60s Folk Revival to the present day, her crystal clear voice and imaginative guitar accompaniments have kept her at the top of the folk world. “MIRIAM – My Life, My Song” is a musical memoir taking you through the folk revival, songs from the British Isles and her own beautiful songs about South Africa. Along the way Miriam has enriched the lives of everyone she sings to – from toddlers to recycled teenagers. Join us as we celebrate the life and music of one of the musical legends of our time.”

Miriam Backhouse – Erasmus is a true Diva of our time. During a lifetime of entertaining everyone from toddlers to ‘tenderyears’, she has honed her talents to a fine art. Her beautifully trained bel canto singing, finely tuned guitar playing and easy going ‘banter’ make her performances a joy to listen to.

Miriam’s repertoire covers lullabies to light opera, but her forte is singing folk songs, when her ability to fit her voice, and guitar playing, to the mood of the song shines through. She has put together a collection of some of her favourite live recordings over the years on “Best Loved Folk Songs”.

As a teenager in the ’60s she was influenced by the British Folk Tradition and the new songwriters emerging worldwide. Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, John Martyn and Leonard Cohen to mention a few. These composers are reflected on her album “African Rose”.

The American folk singer Joan Baez was breaking new ground in the USA, while those like Miriam Backhouse ( winning the award for Best Newcomer ) and Maddy Prior from Steeleye Span were doing the same in the UK. Both Miriam and Maddy were in the Melody Maker top female folk singers poll, and recently did a show stopping duet together at Cleckheaton Folk Festival.

Miriam has always been at the forefront of new musical trends – sometimes years ahead of her time with musical arrangements by David Etheridge as shown on Mother Earth Music’s “Gypsy without a Road” in 1977 and Miriam and David’s own production “Now and Then” of 2009.

Her songs, on the album “Over Africa”, about the pastoral beauty, history and troubles of her adopted land, South Africa have become classics, listened to worldwide.

Miriam was named “The First Lady of Folk” by the folk club organisers of the ’70s ( and the Mayor of Cambridge ), when she became one of the pioneer touring female professional folk singers. She has lived up to that – and more. In SA, the press gave her the name, and she is booked as “Queen of Folk”.

The next years see some amazing milestones for her. 2017 is the 40th year of the release of “Gypsy without a Road” and

2018 is her 70th year on the planet.

R 140-00 a ticket

Pensioners & Block Bookings (8 or more) R 120-00

Bring food picnic baskets.

(Braais will be available should you wish to cook some meat – DBN ONLY)

Limited secure parking available     Booking is essential.

Bar Available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

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