Sat 26 Aug: Miriam Erasmus at the Cottage Club

Miriam Erasmus, (known in the UK as Miriam Backhouse), has honed her talents to a fine art during a lifetime of entertaining everyone from toddlers to ‘tender-years’. Her beautifully trained bel canto singing, finely tuned guitar playing and easy going ‘banter’ make her performances a joy to listen to.

Miriam’s repertoire covers lullabies to light opera, but her forte is singing folk songs, when her ability to fit her voice, and guitar playing, to the mood of the song shines through.

She has put together a collection of some of her favorite live recordings over the years on “Best Loved Folk Songs”.

As a teenager in the ’60s she was influenced by the British Folk Tradition and the new songwriters emerging worldwide; Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, John Martyn and Leonard Cohen to mention a few. These composers are reflected on her album “African Rose”.

The American folk singer Joan Baez was breaking new ground in the USA, while those like Miriam and Maddy Prior (from Steeleye Span), were doing the same in the UK. Both Miriam and Maddy were in the Melody Maker top female folk singers poll, and recently did a show-stopping duet together at Cleckheaton Folk Festival.

Miriam has always been at the forefront of new musical trends – sometimes years ahead of her time with musical arrangements by David Etheridge as shown on Mother Earth Music’s “Gypsy without a Road” in 1977 and Miriam and David’s own production “Now and Then” of 2009.

Her songs, on the album “Over Africa”, about the pastoral beauty, history and troubles of her adopted land, South Africa have become classics, listened to worldwide; notable Songs like; “the Beautiful Pass at van Reenen”, “Umgeni”, and “I don’t want my Child to Die”, (a powerful Protest to the Border War).

Miriam was named “The First Lady of Folk” by the folk club organizers of the ’70s (and the Mayor of Cambridge), when she became one of the pioneer touring female professional folk singers. She has lived up to that – and more. In SA, the press gave her the name, and she is booked as “Queen of Folk”.
Over the years in South Africa, she has entertained at many concerts and festivals, including Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and Splashy Fen.

The next years see some amazing milestones for her: 2017 is the 40th year of the release of “Gypsy without a Road” and 2018 is her 70th year on the planet
Miriam is dedicating her Performance at the Cottage Club to the Legendary Syd Kitchen- a much-loved Friend and Comrade.

Miriam Backhouse

Entrance for the evening: R 130. (Cash at the Door).
Arrive at 7.00ish -show starts 8.00ish.

Pre-Bookings only! Phone Bill on (021) 782 0931 or mail us at to book or for more info.

Bring your own drinks, hard and soft, (not licensed) and bring your own snacks, (or order Soup of the day for R30.)

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