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.