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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Press Info

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

Similar Artists

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

Influences

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

Bio

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.