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Maria Muldaur at Bellows Falls Opera House

Submitted by Dorothy Read

Vermont Festivals LLC will present an extraordinary CD release concert featuring the renowned 1970s icon Maria Muldaur and her Garden of Joy Jug Band on Saturday, November 14 at the Bellows Falls Opera House.

Muldaur's decades of musical accomplishment is impressive, having recorded dozens of albums since the early 1970s, moving with ease from folk to rock to blues, and placing her unique imprint on all these genres through the decades.

"For almost 50 years, Maria has captivated audiences world-wide with her far ranging interpretations of all things musical," Ray Massucco, Vermont Festivals producer, said. "Now she has come full circle with her Garden of Joy Jug Band. This is going to be an upbeat, smile drenched, laugh-line making evening that can be enjoyed by all."

Although on the popular cultural scene, Muldaur may be best known for her hits "Midnight at the Oasis," and "I'm a Woman," she has produced a remarkable volume of work that few have achieved.

"Maria Muldaur has reinvented herself time and time again," Massucco said. "She has a catalog of vocal recordings that is unmatched in depth, breadth and scope of styles and genres."

She's been called "America's First Lady of Roots Music," and her performance will spotlight her returns to her own original roots - jug band music!

Muldaur first recorded in the early 60's with both The Even Dozen and The Jim Kweskin Jug Bands. In her new CD, she is reunited with several of her former jug band mates, recording many tunes from the classic jug band era (early 30's), as well as two hilarious newly penned gems by Dan Hicks.

The new CD, "Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy," features special artists John Sebastian, David Grisman, Taj Mahal, Dan Hicks, Fritz Richmond, and sensational discovery Kit Stovepipe.

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