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.
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’
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.