Cheryl Wheeler

Brief Biography

One of the most gifted singer-songwriters anywhere and in any genre, Cheryl Wheeler returns to Mariposa with her tuneful, evocative masterpieces.


Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is.

From her CDs you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you can learn that she is a natural story teller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you've been told about her.

She started writing songs when she was 17 and she brags that she has never had a "Day Job". She performed at venues around Baltimore and Washington DC before moving to New England in 1976, where she now lives. In 1983, Cheryl released a self produced EP called Newport Songs. Her first two albums, "Cheryl Wheeler" in 1986, and "Half a Book" in 1991 established her as a songwriting force to contend with. "75 Septembers," a song written for her father, was covered by Peter, Paul & Mary on their album "Life Lines." Cheryl's songs are often emotional portraits of people, leaving you with the impression that you know the characters. You find yourself being dragged into the song rather than standing outside and observing. Other songs by Cheryl are hilarious situation comedies.

If your idea of a folk singer/songwriter concert is a bunch of people clapping politely after songs, and then sitting quietly while the performer says things like "This next song is about ...", well, you've never seen a Cheryl Wheeler concert before. That was a joke :^)

Cheryl's concerts are more like what you would find at a comedy club than expect to find at a folk music concert. She will tell a story that has you rolling in the aisles, and then sing a song that leaves you wiping tears from your eyes. She will talk about some serious current event, and then sing a song that will have you howling with laughter. Her entire concert is a emotional roller coaster.

Come see and hear for yourself at Mariposa 2008.