Geoff Muldaur - the voice of white blues

Geoff Muldaur.

Geoff Muldaur.

“THERE ARE only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.” This praise for the American singer and guitarist came from no less a songwriter than Richard Thompson.

Geoff Muldaur - one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the Cambridge, MA, and Woodstock, NY, folk, blues and folk-rock scenes - plays The Crane Bar, Sea Road, on Wednesday October 1 at 9pm.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Geoff made a series of influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group, as well as collaborating with Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, and Jerry Garcia.

In the 1980s he composed scores for film (including Terry Gilliam’s Brazil ) and television, receiving an Emmy in the process.

In more recent years, Geoff’s albums have met with critical acclaim and feature his interpretations of often obscure American material as well as his own unique compositions. The albums also featured McGarrigle Sisters, John Sebastian, and Van Dyke Parks.

Although he is known as a musicians’ musician, Geoff’s voice is most often singled out for praise. The New York Times said: “His voice - reedy, quavering, otherworldly - is so unusual that [the music] he sings becomes little more than a context, a jumping-off point.”

Support is from Clive Barnes. Tickets are €12.50/10. For more information contact The Crane on 091 - 587419 or go to www.thecranebar.com

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