The Maes today announce their first round of tour dates for 2019 which will see them touring Australia and New Zealand. Full details below. Elsie and Maggie also share the video for their latest single "Writer of Love Songs".
"Writer of Love Songs" is directed by Bryce Padovan and features the musical collaboration between Maggie and Elsie Rigby (The Maes) and John Flanagan. Writer of Love Songs is out now.
Elsie Rigby describes the idea behind the making of the video, "Singing with John Flanagan makes everything feel ok. Sharing a few songs with a friend is how we make sense of the world. We wanted to translate this feeling into a story of a lonesome gig, a journey down a lonesome road and the sense of calm that exists by an open fire." Video director Bryce Padovan adds, "It was a true collaboration, with all of us sharing ideas and tweaking things together, arriving at a video that we're all really proud of."
The Maes are sisters Maggie (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (fiddle, and vocals). Their sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover. was awarded Best Folk Roots Album 2017 by The Age Music Victoria Award and follows on from their debut, Housewarming which earned them Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award and NFSA Folk Recording of the Year.
Over the last three years the pair have toured extensively, bringing their unique contemporary twist on folk music to audiences in Australia, North America, the UK and Ireland; stand-out shows include performances at legendary Telluride Festival in Colorado. 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.
The Maes are currently working on their third full length album set for release next year.
Dec 27th-Jan 1st Woodford Folk Festival, QLD, AUS
Jan 16th Uniting Church, Queenscliff, VIC, AUS
Jan 23rd Nirvana Lounge, Hamilton, NZ
Jan 24th Totara, Tauranga, NZ
Jan 26th -27th Auckland Folk Festival, Auckland, NZ
Mar 9th -11th Womadelaide, SA, AUS
Mar 15th -17th Blue Mountain Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW, AUS
April 24th Kidogo Art House, Fremantle, WA, AUS
April 26-27th Fairbridge Festival, WA, AUS
April 28th Bendigo Autumn Festival, VIC, AUS
May 8th Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT, AUS T
May 10th Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW, AUS
May 17th Wauchope Community Hall, NSW, AUS
May 18th The Old Gazette Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW, AUS
May 19th Leftys, Brisbane, QLD, AUS
May 31st Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC, AUS