Welcome to the second installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some photos and videos to sweeten the deal.


Madeleine Peyroux, as part of the Wells Fargo Jazz Series.


“The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction with a distinctive and compelling voice has carried her from busking on the streets of Paris all the way to mainstream recognition. Peyroux’s recent recordings include 2013’s The Blue Room in collaboration with producer Larry Klein and Keep Me In Your Heart For A While – The Best of Madeleine Peyroux released late last year.

Photo by Rocky Schenck

Photo by Rocky Schenck


Thursday, May 28 at 9:00pm
Friday, May 29 at 9:00pm



College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George Street


When Madeleine Peyroux sings, she brings to mind music icons such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, and Patsy Cline. Stephen Holden in The New York Times has said she “. . . has a Mona Lisa voice and a personality to match. . . you can read whatever emotions you want in her sly, enigmatic interpretation.” Her signature bluesy sound pairs perfectly with the sultry nighttime atmosphere of the College of Charleston Cistern Yard. Known for taking herself off the music industry grid at times, this will be Madeleine Peyroux’s Spoleto Festival USA debut and we think you will want to say you were there. Come for the unparalleled vocals and enjoy a drink under the magical live oaks.

Music video for Changing All Those Changes

CBS Sunday Morning profile detailing her teenage years as a street performer in Paris and how she developed her sound and kept her freedom

The Wells Fargo Jazz series also includes Carlos Aguirre, Dianne ReevesKate Davis, Mônica Salmaso, Musica Nuda, and Rita Marcotulli and Luciano Biondini

Tickets to Madeleine Peyroux and all other Festival performances are available online at spoletousa.org and over the phone at (843) 579-3100.


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