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The Maes – New Album

Read about the new release from The Maes listen to the first single

The Maes in Tennessee – photo LTTL

The Maes To Issue Self-Titled Album New Single Out Now

Award winning Australian contemporary folk duo The Maes will be releasing a self-titled album on 3 May 2019.

The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) are sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby and they have released a taste of what to expect in a few weeks with the first single “Treat You Better”.

Maggie says “I wrote this song from a place of anger, I was angry about how I had been treated by someone. When I confronted them about it they told me that I was naive, that it was my inexperience that caused me to expect to be treated better. I thought hard about it and decided that I want to hold on to my naivety if that’s what it is. I want to choose to trust and love and expect humans to be kind and generous and brilliant, albeit flawed and struggling along in their own ways. Elsie and our dear friend John Flanagan helped me to finish the song and it turned into a good old cathartic group sing – one of the best ways for humans to exist together!”

Listen to “Treat You Better” and pre-order the album


The itinerant album was recorded on a two-month tour of Europe and North America in 2018 in Nova Scotia, Canada, Isle of Mull in Scotland, two studios in Ireland and in their home town of Melbourne Australia. The album has enlisted the production services of 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.

Maggie and Elsie were side of stage at their first folk festival when they were four weeks old and have been absorbing and exploring folk music. From 2014, The Maes have been full time touring in Australia and overseas, showcasing their striking harmonies and sparse instrumental arrangements. They have appeared at the Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals (Australia), the Edmonton and Vancouver Folk Festivals (Canada), Cambridge Folk and Celtic Connections festivals (UK) and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (USA).

Read about the new release from The Maes listen to the first single

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Author: Rob Dickens

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