Sixties R&B icon Mavis Staples will be making a rare UK appearance this month, performing at just three venues across the country, including Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Now in her 70s, and described as ‘one of the 100 greatest singers of all time’ by Rolling Stone magazine, Staples has been performing solo, and in earlier years with The Staples Singers, for over 50 years. Classic hits include If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) and The Weight, and much of her music draws from the rich gospel and soul heritage of the United States.
More recently, in 2011, the singer took the Grammy for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. It was an emotional first Grammy for the Chicago-based artist, winning against Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos and Robert Plant.
She lately released a new four-song EP, Your Good Fortune, showcasing her iconic voice and talent for reconfiguring genres.
See her at Cambridge Corn Exchange, 1 July, 7.30pm. Tickets £22.50.