The Maes return to the Mountains

The divine sound of The Maes is coming back to the Mountains.

After astounding audiences with their soulful vocal harmonies at the Blue Mountains Music Festival earlier this year, Melbourne's award winning singing sisters, The Maes, are coming back.

The duo will perform hits from their self-titled album, a collection of gentle, intimate and conversational songs.

Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby present honest songwriting and instrumental performances. Maggie, who plays banjo, guitar and sings said they were "struck by the ease and serendipity with which the album came together... It was just ready to come out of us".

"I love this record, I've never made anything that feels so comfortable and honest. I also reckon it's our strongest collection of songs to date," she said.

Born on a two-month tour of Europe and North America in 2018 shortly after the band changed its name from The Mae Trio to The Maes (after the departure of founding member Anita Hillman) the sisters started with a recording session in Canada, intending to make a four track EP. Fired up by the changes in the band, they kept looking for new recording opportunities as the tour progressed.

By the end of the tour they had two tracks from Nova Scotia, Canada, two songs from the Isle of Mull in Scotland, two songs from different studios in Ireland and four songs recorded in Melbourne.

It features production from top roots music producers from around the world including, Daniel Ledwell (Good Lovelies), John Fitzgerald (Christy Moore) and Brendon Love (Teskey). The album also features cello and harmony vocals by award-winning Brisbane musician, Monique Clare, who regularly tours with them.

The latest release follows on from their sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover, which won them Music Victoria Folk/Roots Album of the Year in 2017. They will perform at Katoomba's Metropole on July 5.

For tickets and more information, go to https://themaes.com.au.