Minnesota’s Claudia Schmidt has been writing wry, intelligent and very entertaining songs for nearly four decades. A powerhouse in concert, an evening of Schmidt is filled with a quirky amalgamation of nonpareil songwriting and singing, poetry-story-theatre, clarity, humor, wonder and the present moment itself in all its surprising glory.

Claudia Schmidt photo © Larry Marcus

Claudia Schmidt photo © Larry Marcus

She returns for another concert Friday, April 10, tucked in the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St. and the music begins at 7 pm. Advance discount tickets are $15  at claudiabpdx.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door. Special opening guest will be Portland’s premier Piedmont picker, Mary Flower (maryflower.com). A night not to miss!

Schmidt has traversed North America and Europe from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She’s recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, with her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer and was one of the first artists on the cherished Flying Fish record label of the 1970s. She has not slowed down since and these days she’s on Red House Records.

Her latest recording is New Whirled Order. Her particular fire of genius is inclusive, surprising, relaxing, wholly inspiring and at times transcendent.

Claudia Schmidt’s multi-octave, crystal-clear voice is a moving joy to hear. Early tickets are recommended. www.claudiaschmidt.com.