Coming to Next Stage: Claudia Schmidt CD release show at Next Stage

PUTNEY, VERMONT - Next Stage Arts Project presents Claudia Schmidt in a special CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Claudia Schmidt is a powerful vocalist and adventurous artist, who combines lively folk, jazz and blues with rich poetry and playful humor.

Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion.

More than thirty years and 22 albums later, Claudia continues to perform on the road to her loyal legions of fans across the country. Mixing folk, jazz, traditional ballads and breathtaking originals, there's not a style she can't master. Claudia 's incredible voice and charismatic stage presence makes her a marvel in concert.

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theaters, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

This Next Stage show will mark the release of Hark the Dark, Claudia Schmidt's 22nd recording in a career spanning almost 45 years of composing and performing. She takes a thematic turn here, offering an homage to the oft-maligned season of the winter. Along with her original pieces, she has gathered some musings of fellow musicians, and thrown in a couple standards. Along with her extraordinary voice, dulcimer, and deluxe pianolin, she is accompanied brilliantly by pianist Miro Sprague, bassist Marty Jaffe, drummer Conor Meehan, and pianist/accordionist Chris Haynes.

Tickets are $20 in advance $24 at the door, available online, through the Next Stage website ( or at the Putney Coop, or Turn It Up in Brattleboro, three weeks in advance of show. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space. For more information: or