BGS Presents: 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.
Fully Human is the solo project of Liv (from Oh Pep!). It is an invitation for the audience to collaborate, to send stories that Liv turns into song. Generally, Liv is on tour with Oh Pep! or writing music for various projects. At the moment she is living in NYC writing music for a play. She has toured the world and performed at Glastonbury, SXSW and on NPR’s Tiny Desk.