Singer-song­writ­ing duo set for must-see Mull gig

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A spe­cial dou­ble- bill of Bri­tish singer- song­writ­ers Me For Queen (aka Mary Ersk­ine) and Emily Maguire are tour­ing Scot­land in Au­gust. And Mull is on the itin­er­ary. Grow­ing up in ru­ral Fife in a big old house near the sea, Mary started writ­ing songs when she was 13.

Years of clas­si­cal train­ing, to­gether with a blues gui­tarist for a fa­ther, makes for an in­ter­est­ing mix of soul and folk.

Me For Queen’s pi­ano-based songs draw ob­vi­ous com­par­isons to Regina Spek­tor and Carol King but man­age to fuse hints of Kate Bush and Laura J Martin.

Mary cites Judee Sill and This is the Kit as a few of her favourites and says Me For Queen is ‘a sort of sketch­pad for what­ever’s hap­pen­ing in my head. I just try to write songs that talk to peo­ple’.

Me For Queen have had air­play on BBC 6 Mu­sic and on BBC Ra­dio around the UK.

Mary’s song Slow Train was Sin­gle of the Week on Jan­ice Forsyth’s BBC Scot­land

Cul­ture Show and in­cluded in Tom Robin­son’s per­sonal top five Fresh Faves.

A clas­si­cally-trained multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist with five al­bums and two books to her name, Lon­doner Emily Maguire is truly ‘a tal­ent to be reck­oned with’ (R2 Mag­a­zine).

Her strong, thought-pro­vok­ing lyrics, supremely ex­pres­sive vo­cals and stun­ning

live per­for­mances win­ning her a le­gion of fans across the globe.

Af­ter liv­ing in a shack in the Aus­tralian bush where she made goats cheese to fi­nance her first two al­bums, Emily re­turned to the UK to tour with Amer­i­can leg­end Don McLean and make her third al­bum Be­liever, a ‘mas­ter­piece’ ac­cord­ing to

Mav­er­ick Mag­a­zine, with two sin­gles playlisted on BBC Ra­dio Two.

As an ad­vo­cate for men­tal health, Emily has been fea­tured sev­eral times on Ra­dio Four, in­clud­ing Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Mid­week, where she was in­ter­viewed by Libby Purves talk­ing about her book, Start Over Again.

Af­ter two years out of ac­tion, Emily is now back with a new book Notes From The

North Pole, and an ac­claimed new al­bum, A Bit of Blue, pro­duced by Nigel But­ler, which fol­lows a dark time in her life and is a haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful tes­ta­ment to the hu­man spirit.

With its re­lease funded en­tirely by her fans, A Bit

Of Blue re­tains all the un­der­ly­ing trade­marks of her emo­tive, lyric-rich songs.

Hav­ing opened for Don McLean and The Blue Nile at Glas­gow Royal Con­cert Hall, this will be Emily’s first tour of Scot­land.

Mon­day Au­gust 21, Town Hall, Crail; Tues­day Au­gust 22, An To­bar, Mull; Wed­nes­day Au­gust 23, Glad Café, Glas­gow.

Emily Maguire

Me For Queen

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