Recorded earlier this year for Celtic Music Radio by John Weatherby of Sound Sense PA the stunning and welcome return of an ex pat adopted Scot Marilyn Middleton Pollock accompanied by Kate Kramer on fiddle.
Marilyn Middleton was born in Chicago, where she began singing professionally at the age of 15. Her first work was in folk music but she soon broadened her range to include Rock & Roll and then jazz & Blues. Over the next 20 years her music took her right across the USA and then to Europe.
Her first UK album Nobody Knows You in 1988 won the Music Retailers Association Award for Excellence. Eleven albums later, Marilyn’s path has criss-crossed Europe with appearances in concert halls, theatres, festivals and clubs in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Switzerland, France, Eire as well as the U.K.
Marilyn’s starring role in the record breaking theatre show A New Orleans Mardi Gras and her successful one woman shows Those Women of The Vaudeville Blues and Jazz Me Blues have won massive plaudits from the press, audiences and music promoters alike.
In 1994, BBC Radio 2 asked her to record a series of programmes Vaudeville, Red Hot and Blue with her jazz band, The Chicago Hoods. The series was acclaimed by critics (”Breathtaking” – The Observer’).
And the response of radio listeners was so enthusiastic that a second series and then a third, were commissioned for broadcast in 1996 and 1997.
Following on from the success of the radio series, Marilyn toured the UK with ”The Chicago Hoods” in two original theatre shows – The All-American Music Show and Red Hot and Blue.
Marilyn’s folk music repertoire is as varied as the rest of her career with a natural emphasis on songs of North American origin in addition to material written specially for her by notable British and European composers. She combines a magnetic stage presence and a powerful but sensitive voice with a warmth and feeling seldom equalled
Festival Fling Extra with Liz Clark, Sunday 18 December 2.00-3.00pm.