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ABOUT

 

Multi-award-winning Melbourne contemporary folk outfit, The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) is the brainchild of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby.  Born into the arms of the Folk music community in Australia, both sisters were side of stage at their first folk festival when they were four weeks old and have been absorbing and exploring folk music since that time.

 The Maes’ latest, self-titled record set for release in April 2019 is a return to the sisters’ folk music roots. Gentle, intimate and conversational, the album is an unadorned showcase of Maggie and Elsie’s superb songwriting as well as honest, relaxed and stunning vocal and instrumental performances.

The album was born on a two-month tour of Europe and North America in 2018 shortly after the band changed its name from The Mae Trio to The Maes after the departure of founding member Anita Hillman. The sisters started the tour with a recording session in Canada, intending to make a four track EP. Fired up by the changes in the band, inspired and bursting with new music they kept looking for new recording opportunities as the tour progressed. By the end of the tour they had two tracks from Nova Scotia, Canada, two songs from the Isle of Mull in Scotland, two songs from different studios in Ireland and four songs recorded in their home town of Melbourne.

The album features production from top roots music producers from around the world including, Daniel Ledwell (Oh Pep!, Jenn Grant, Good Lovelies), John Fitzgerald (Christy Moore, Crooked Still, Lisa Hannigan) and Brendon Love (Teskey Brothers). The album also features cello and harmony vocals by award-winning Brisbane musician, Monique Clare who regularly tours with The Maes.

“This is the album we never really intended to make” says Maggie (banjo, guitar, vocals) “we were struck by the ease and serendipity with which it came together, like it was just ready to come out of us. I love this record, I’ve never made anything that feels so comfortable and honest. I also reckon it’s our strongest collection of songs to date”.

“We were deep into making this album before we knew we were making an album. There is a beautiful absence of pressure and self-consciousness that happened as a result; like the opposite of having a camera pointing at you while you arrange your face into a ‘normal and happy expression’. We were truly playing in the studio. In a few senses.”  ~ Elsie (mandolin, violin, vocals)

Their latest release follows on from their sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover, which was recorded in Nashville by Grammy nominated producer/engineer Erick Jaskowiak (The Waifs, Crooked Still, Darrell Scott) and featuring some of that music town’s finest roots musicians. The record won them the Age, Music Victoria Folk/Roots Album of the Year in 2017 as well as rave reviews in Australia and overseas.

Since 2014, The Maes have been full time touring in Australia and overseas, winning over audiences with their striking songwriting, intricate instrumental arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies. The band’s touring history includes a list of some of the worlds largest and most prestigious music festivals such as, the Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals in Australia, The Edmonton and Vancouver Folk Festivals in Canada, Cambridge Folk and Celtic Connections festivals in the UK and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the USA.

 
 
 
 
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Press

“simply superb sophomore album.”
— The Australian *****
“quite simply breathtaking”
— Rhythms Magazine
“The Maes’ songs are powerful, the vocal harmonies soar, and their own instrumental prowess is impressive”
— Penguin Eggs
“…underscores the ever growing potential these girls have to capture a truly international stage.”
— Folk Radio UK
“Located at a crossroads where Australian, English and American folk traditions meet, The Maes are in the midst of creating something unique and very much their own”
— Songlines

Music

 
 

The MAES

Coming Soon

The Maes’ upcoming self-titled record (set for release on Friday 3rd May and available for pre-order here) is a return to the sisters’ folk music roots. Gentle, intimate and conversational, the album is an unadorned showcase of Maggie and Elsie’s superb songwriting as well as honest, relaxed and stunning vocal and instrumental performances.

The album was born on a two-month tour of Europe and North America in 2018 shortly after the band changed its name from The Mae Trio to The Maes after the departure of founding member Anita Hillman. The sisters started the tour with a recording session in Canada, intending to make a four-track EP. Fired up by the changes in the band, inspired and bursting with new music they kept looking for new recording opportunities as the tour progressed. By the end of the tour they had two tracks from Nova Scotia, Canada, two songs from the Isle of Mull in Scotland, two songs from different studios in Ireland and four songs recorded in their home town of Melbourne.

 
 

Take Care Take Cover

Released April 13, 2017

Winner of Best Folk/Roots at The Age Music Victoria 2017. Take Care Take Cover was recorded in Nashville by producer and engineer Erick Jaskowiak and features guest performances from Darrell Scott, Viktor Krauss, Jano Rix, Maya de Vitry, Kai Welch and others.

 
 

September

Released September 2015

This EP was recorded in two days in the winter of 2015 and was released (unsurprisingly) in September of that year. It features candied performances of two original songs (both addressing the love between girl and banjo) and three covers from different continents: Dougie Maclean’s ‘She Loves Me When I Try’, Ruth Moody’s ‘Glory Bound’ and Lorde’s ‘Buzzcut Season’

 
 
 

Housewarming

Released August 2013

The Mae Trio’s award winning debut album released in August 2013 and produced by Shooglenifty’s Luke Plumb. Housewarming features 11 of the trio’s original songs and an a capella version of Kate Rusby’s ‘Lately’. Winner of the National Film and Sound Archive’s Folk Recording of the Year in 2014.

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Contact

 

Management + Bookings

info@bluegracemusic.com

Publicity

Australia / Carolyn Logan carolyn@penneyandlogan.com.au 

Canada and USA / Star House Collective susan@starhousecollective.com

Continental Europe /  Peter Holmstedt, Hemifrån,  www.hemifran.com 

All other Enquiries

info@bluegracemusic.com