Maria Larson

Maria Larson

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Folk - Contemporary | San Antonio, Texas, United States
Total Song Plays: 283   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Have been reviewed in the San Antonio Express-News and the LA Monitor.

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I probably sound like a strange mixture of Joan Baez, Lucinda Williams, and Bonnie Raitt.


Jean Ritchie, Maddy Prior, Bessie Smith, Christine Lavin, Carol Hedin, the Red Clay Ramblers, Rosalie Sorrells, Utah Phillips, Mary Black.


I was born in Oklahoma on the Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday...
they tell me I was speaking in sentences and singing (although I suspect they didn't call it that) when I was a year old and haven't stopped yet. Began signing in public while living in New Mexico and during the year I spent in Cambridge, England. I performed in folk clubs, the Cambridge Folk Festival, BBC Radio Brighton, a concert at historic Groton Church, and had second billing at the Hintlesham Folk Festival. The songwriting bug hit around that time. When I moved to Texas for a slight detour into law school in Austin, I found kindred spirits in the Austin Friends of Traditional Music, and a band formed called "Hearts & Gizzards" (took our name from an old-time quilt pattern). We played at clubs, did a concert at Symphony Square, and played at the Texas Folklife Festival. I won vocal awards in competitions with the AFTM and the San Antonio Feis (Celtic music and dance). Presently I play in the Cactus Canyon Contra-Band, a Celtic session group, an offshoot of that called "The Celtic Renegades", and solo with my own music at the PeaceCafe, the Highland Games, the Texas Folklife Festival, and other venues.