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Jennifer Maidman (formerly Ian Maidman, born 24 January 1958) is a British musician, singer, producer, songwriter, actor and author who has collaborated extensively with many well known groups and artists. Her work appears on numerous recordings from 1976 onwards. She was a core member of the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra from 1984 until 2007. She is best known as a bass guitarist but also sings and plays guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, ukulele, cuatro and Chapman Stick. In June 2016 her website announced that she was working on a solo album in Woodstock, New York featuring amongst others, Jerry Marotta (ex Peter Gabriel), Annie Whitehead, and David Torn. The album, entitled ‘Dreamland’ was released on 1 August 2017 and features Marotta, Torn and Whitehead, with guest contributions from Paul Brady and Robert Wyatt amongst others.
Maidman’s work as a musician, producer or writer, has since featured on hundreds of recordings, working with artists including Joan Armatrading , David Sylvian, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Ian Dury, Shakespears Sister, The Proclaimers, Paul Brady, Sam Brown, Gerry Rafferty, Annie Whitehead, Robert Wyatt, Sniff ‘n the Tears, Loudon Wainwright, and Murray Head amongst others.
Notable successes include the Shakespears Sister double platinum album ‘Hormonally Yours’, (which spawned the single ‘Stay’, number one in several countries and certified gold in the US), The Proclaimers’ ‘Letter from America’ (certified gold), and producing Paul Brady’s ‘Back to the Centre’ (featuring Eric Clapton and voted album of the year in Ireland) and the follow up ‘Primitive Dance’ (featuring Mark Knopfler). She co-wrote, arranged and recorded a number of songs with Boy George and Bobby Z (of Prince and the Revolution), which appeared on the albums ‘Hi Hat’ and ‘Tense Nervous Headache’ and went on to work again with Z on the album ‘Gobe’ by French artist Guesch Patti, on which she arranged and played all instruments. Maidman has also written for Sam Brown, Eurovision entrants Bardo, and Murray Head.
She has written and worked extensively with her partner, the English trombonist Annie Whitehead and produced and played on her albums ‘Naked’, ‘Home’ and ‘The Gathering’. She produced two albums by the Irish singer songwriter Paul Brady, ‘Back to the Centre’ and ‘Primitive Dance'(and appears on many others), produced and performed on tracks on Linda McCartney’s solo album ‘Wide Prairie‘,and has also produced Murray Head, Dutch African band Pili Pili, The Kick Horns, Northern Lights, and Lund.
Other notable appearances on record include ‘When in Rome’, ‘Union Cafe’ and ‘Concert Program’ with Penguin Cafe Orchestra, extensive contributions to Gerry Rafferty’s sixth album ‘North and South’, Christie Hennessey’s platinum selling album ‘This is as far as I go’, David Sylvian’s ‘Gone to Earth’, Paul Brady’s ‘Full Moon’, ‘Oh What a World’ and ‘Hooba Dooba’, Sam Brown’s ‘Stop’ and ‘April Moon’ albums, and many releases by Murray Head from 1984 until the present. Her distinctive fretless bass playing can be heard on a number of recordings, notably ‘Taking the Veil’ and ‘Silver Moon’ by David Sylvian, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Frustration’ by Joan Armatrading, ‘The Awakening’ by Paul Brady, and ‘Peril in Venice’ by Murray Head. Jennifer contributed guitar and accordion on Robert Wyatt’s album Cuckooland, nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music prize.
In 2015 ‘The Vicar Street Sessions Volume One’ was released, on which Jennifer (on guitar and bass) accompanies Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Bonnie Raitt and Ronan Keating amongst others.
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