Melbourne’s The Maes embark on their debut New Zealand tour dates this month, playing Tauranga (Jan 23), Hamilton (Jan 24) and Auckland Folk Music Festival (Jan 25-27).
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.
The Maes recently released their latest single and video Writer Of Love Songs, which features the musical collaboration between Maggie and Elsie Rigby (The Maes) and John Flanagan. The pair are currently working on their third full length album set for release May 2019.
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.
Jan 16th Uniting Church, Queenscliff, VIC, AUS
Jan 23rd Totara, Tauranga, NZ
Jan 24th Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, 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
June 7th Music On the Hill (MOTH), Red Hill, VIC, AUS
Get your tickets from themaes.com.au