Jennifer Maidman is a musician, songwriter, actress and music producer based in London.
She is a multi instrumentalist but specializes in guitar and bass. Her first experience
on stage was at the age of seven playing Mary in a school nativity play. Hooked on
the buzz of live performance, she went on to play child and adolescent parts with
the Renegades, Jimmy Cooper's East London based theatre company where Ken Campbell
also started out.
As a child she learned classical piano and guitar before getting involved in rock
music in the early seventies, both as a musician and also as a recording engineer
for artists including Steve Marriot and Marc Bolan. Since then she has played with
many well known artists in the pop and rock field including Joan Armatrading, Gerry
Rafferty, David Sylvian, The Proclaimers, Shakespears Sister, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morisson,
Sam Brown and Boy George. She co-wrote several songs with George including "No Clause
28" and has also written for other artists including Sam Brown. Production work includes
two albums by Irish singer songwriter Paul Brady, "Back to the Centre" and "Primitive
Dance", both of which topped the chart in Ireland, tracks on Linda McCartney's solo
album "Wide Prairie", "Pipe Dreams" by Murray Head, "The Other Foot" by funk fusion
band The Kick Horns "Uneasy Listening" by Mitt Gamon(featuring Ian Dury) and "Boogaloo"
by Jasper Van't Hof's Dutch/African group Pili-Pili.
She was a long-standing member of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and it was there that
she met her partner, trombonist Annie Whitehead. Jennifer has produced and played
on several albums with Annie. Their first recording together was "This is Rude" a
collaboration with Harry Beckett and Liam Genockey, followed by Annie's own albums
"Naked", "Home" and "The Gathering" . Jennifer also produced the jazz/folk fusion
album "Airplay" by Northern Lights (a collaboration with english concertina player
Alaistair Anderson) and "Soupsongs" , a live recording of the music of Robert Wyatt
to which she also contributed guitar and lead vocals.She appeared in a BBC4 documentary
about Robert entitled "Free Will and Testament" and also played guitar and accordian
on Robert's recent album "Cuckooland" which was nominated for a Mercury award. Film
work includes music for "All the Little Animals" with John Hurt and she has recently
written and produced the soundtrack for an independent film "Bass Desires" by Vic
Ryder and Stacey Makishi.
Jennifer continues to play in Annie's band and with Rude and occasionally with the
Soupsongs band in which she shares lead vocals with Sarah Jane Morris.
With Annie and other ex-Penguins Geoffrey Richardson, Steve Fletcher and Liam Genockey
she has formed the Anteaters to play the music of the PCO.
She can also be seen live with Paul Brady, Murray Head and Carol Grimes. She appears
on Murray Head's recent album "Tete a' Tete". Recently she acted and sung in "Strange
Cargo" at Rich Mix in London, a groundbreaking theatrical piece based on the lives
of six people with unuusual experiences, directed by Clare Hodgson and Jamie Beddard
and produced by Nick Merwitzer of Diverse City. When time allows she is currently
working on her own material for future release.
Jennifer is also a trained humanistic therapist and a full member of the British
Asssociation for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Latest news: Jennifer is touring Ireland and the UK during April 2010, playing bass
with long time friend and collaborator Paul Brady. For dates see www.paulbrady.com
See below for video clips of the band .......
Video of the Paul Brady Band on TOTP2 The band at Cropredy
Updated 9th April 2010
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Behind the scenes on the Paul Brady tour April 2010