The Mae Trio

Vocal Ranges Festival

Fri May 5th 2017 at 19:30 until 21:30
Melbourne, 125-141 Mollison St, Kyneton, Victoria

Event Details

The Mae Trio are a young, contemporary folk band from Melbourne, Australia. Since the release of their critically acclaimed album “Housewarming” in 2013, they have made a vibrant splash in the international acoustic music scene across Australia, UK and America. This has included appearances at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Cambridge Folk Festival in England, Perthshire Amber Festival in Scotland and Woodford, Port Fairy and The National Folk Festivals in Australia.
Humbly authentic, dynamic and striking, the trio write powerful original songs, accompanying them on cello, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and ukulele and stunning three part harmonies. Their disarming on-stage presence and originality makes for a spellbinding and refreshing live experience.
2016 sees The Mae Trio embark on their first tour of Canada as well as the upcoming release of their Nashville-recorded, second full-length album.

So Far
When sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby asked Anita Hillman to play the cello on an album they were recording with their family band in 2011, little did any of them know they were embarking on an adventure which would change their lives, cut short their university education and take them all over the world. One blackboard gig at the National Folk Festival led to another and before long they were playing at festivals all over the country.
In 2014 the girls made the decision to throw in the towel of their regular jobs/degrees/lives and pursue music full time. They started the year in spectacular fashion with a trip to Glasgow for Celtic Connections festival, followed by an appearance at MIDEM festival in Cannes and then finishing up with a visit to Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International Conference.
Awarded the National Film and Sound Archive Folk Recording of the Year and nominated for the Age Vic Music Award, their debut album “Housewarming” released in August 2013, produced by Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) received remarkable attention both locally and internationally and has only further skyrocketed the band on the Australian and international stage.
The Trio have since released their EP, ‘September’ in 2015, complimenting their critically acclaimed first release and exploring their musical roots with covers of Dougie Maclean, The Wailin Jennys and Lorde mixed in with their original songs.
They have toured extensively across Australia both in cities and small towns including a three-month stint in regional QLD with Woodford Folk Festival’s, “The Festival of Small Halls.”

Conducted by Polly Christie, the Pollyphonics have been creating vibrant, soulful choral performances in the Macedon Ranges for the last six years. In 2014, John Payne joined the choir as resident accompanist – "we are so grateful to have such a beautiful musician accompany our singing" says Polly.

Based in Woodend, the choir is mixed voice and sing a blend of global folk, gospel spirituals, jazz and contemporary songs, some arranged and composed by Polly and choir members. The choir is accompanied by the wonderful pianist, arranger and composer, John Payne.

From intimate acappela singing to full voice with piano accompaniment, the choir journeys the globe with sounds, rhythms, stories and delicious harmonies.

**BYO a plate of food for supper, drinks available for purchase at the venue, no BYO.

**A 'singalong' will be held in the Richardson Room following the conclusion of this event should your vocal chords need a warm up!
Run by James Rigby and Jane Thompson, a cover charges applies (unless you have a full weekend Vocal Ranges ticket).

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**PLEASE NOTE if you purchase a full weekend Vocal Ranges Festival Ticket this concert is included in the fee.

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