In 2007, having just graduated, Margriet Sjoerdsma was a rookie at the North Sea Jazz Festival. All the Limburg-born artist had to her name then was a debut album. Six years on everything has changed. She has toured across Eastern Europe and Asia and released her third album Drawing Circles in 2011. Now based in Rotterdam, the vocalist is back at the North Sea Jazz Festival with a new project: A Tribute To Eva Cassidy in which Sjoerdsma pays homage to the singer who only gained fame after her death. The American, who was only 33 when she died, won the hearts of vocal jazz fans across the globe when her album Songbird (1998) was released posthumously. In A Tribute To Eva Cassidy Sjoerdsma uses the album's beautiful songs to tell the life story of the singer. The tribute is even more special because Cassidy's brother Dan accompanies Sjoerdsma on violin.