Claudia Schmidt belongs to the genre of hyper-literate songwriters, a word-monger of the first order, sometimes bursting at the boundaries of song form. In addition, she’s a firecracker of a singer, irrepressibly emotional, and a radiant, almost overwhelming performer. It’s the folksinger trifecta, and in this Schmidt is nearly in a class by herself.
She has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge of music, poetry, story, laughter, drama, and celebrating the moment. Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension, and since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian said: “Schmidt’s shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next, chances are it’s going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you’ll never be the same again.”
Claudia Schmidt will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Saturday, March 2 at 8pm. Advance tickets are $12 and are available at wslr.org. Tickets on the day of the show are $15.
Those who keep trying to categorize Claudia Schmidt’s music should just give it up and file her under the general category ‘TALENT’ Big talent.
Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Mn.)
Schmidt is a one-woman revitalization movement. .Schmidt is the best at what she does. – The Tribune (Oakland, Ca.)
Claudia Schmidt is a true artist-she has talent AND the fire of genius.
The Boston Globe
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