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The MaeS

 

Melbourne, Australia’s The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) bring their unique contemporary twist on folk music with their sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover.

Take Care Take Cover was awarded Best Folk Roots Album by The Age Music Victoria Award and has received rave reviews at home and abroad with The Australian calling it a “simply superb sophomore album”.

The Maes are sisters Maggie (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (violin, and vocals). Elsie and Maggie grew up steeped in music playing in their family band and spent their childhood going to music festivals and camps, choir rehearsals and concerts.

Take Care Take Cover was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Erick Jaskowiak (Crooked Still, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, The Waifs).  The album features guest performances by The Stray Bird’s Maya De’Vitry; Darrell Scott, The Time Jumper’s Jeff Taylor; Victor Krauss; Jano Rix; and Kai Welch.

The album follows on from their debut, Housewarming which earned them Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award and NFSA Folk Recording of the Year.

The Maes have brought their contemporary twist on folk music on the road across Australia, Canada, USA and Europe with performances at the Hydro Stadium at Celtic Connection, Glasgow, Americana Folk Festival, Nashville, Cambridge Folk Festival, UK; Edmonton Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada; Woodford, Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals, Australia.

 
 
 
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Press

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

 
 

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.

 

Housewarming

released February 16, 2014

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.

September

released October 23, 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’

 
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