|Friday 15 August 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Emily Maguire is a singer/songwriter/musician originally from London, who made her home in a shack on a farm in the Australian bush. Her music is an exquisite blend of rich, organic, acoustic folk-pop.
Best-known for her strong, thought-provoking lyrics and ‘supremely expressive vocals’ (Rock’n’Reel Magazine), Emily’s songs have been played regularly on Radio 2 and have won her fans across the globe.
Classically trained on cello, piano and flute, Emily taught herself the guitar and started writing songs when she found herself stuck at home with a chronic illness. A few years later, back on her feet and fed up with grey skies and concrete, she decided to give up her flat in London for a shack made from recycled wood, tin and potato sacks on a farm out in the Australian bush. For four years she lived an eco-friendly, self-sufficient lifestyle with her Australian partner, financing her music by making and selling goats cheese on the farm.
Following the release of her critically acclaimed albums ‘Stranger Place’ and ‘Keep Walking’, Emily returned to the UK touring extensively with some of the world’s great singer-songwriters including Don McLean, Eric Bibb, Paul Brady and Roddy Frame. The title track of ‘Keep Walking’ was playlisted on Radio 2 in the UK and on ABC Radio across Australia. Emily’s third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, won rave reviews in the music press with 2 songs playlisted on Radio 2.
After 7 months on the road in 2011 with the former lead singer of Dr Hook, Dennis Locorriere, Emily took time out from touring in 2012 to write and record her fourth studio album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’. The album was produced by Nigel Butler (k.d.lang, Will Young, Robbie Williams) known to TV lovers as one of the producers on X Factor. With its release funded entirely by Emily''s fans, ‘Bird Inside A Cage’ is a bold departure from her previous recordings while still retaining all the underlying trademarks of her emotive, lyric-rich songs. The album was released in July 2013.
As an advocate for mental health, Emily speaks frequently in the media about combating the stigma of mental illness. In 2010 she published ‘Start Over Again’, a highly personal account of her bipolar episodes of severe depression and psychosis. The book was launched on Radio 2 generating a huge response from listeners. In October 2013, she was interviewed by Libby Purves for ‘Midweek’ on Radio 4 talking about ‘Start Over Again’ and her experiences of dealing with bipolar disorder.