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Saturday 17th February 2018
EMILY MAGUIRE : 8pm
A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and spellbinding live performances winning her fans across the globe.
Living for four years in a shack on a farm in the Australian bush where she made goats cheese to finance her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK in 2007 and toured extensively with some of the world’s great singer-songwriters, including American legend Don McLean. Her third album Believer, released in 2009, received regular airplay on Radio 2 and was widely acclaimed in the music press, Maverick Magazine hailing it “a masterpiece”.
Emily's much-anticipated fourth album, Bird Inside A Cage, followed in 2013. With its release funded entirely by her fans, Bird Inside A Cage was a bold departure from her previous recordings, while still retaining all the underlying trademarks of her emotive, lyric-rich songs.
As an advocate for mental health, Emily speaks frequently in the media about combating the stigma of mental illness. She has been featured several times on Radio 4 including Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Midweek, where she was interviewed by Libby Purves talking about her book Start Over Again, a deeply personal account of her experiences of living with bipolar disorder.
Following an intensive tour of Germany in 2014, while rehearsing for the recording of her instrumental album, Emily developed chronic tendonitis in both arms, forcing her to cancel all her gigs and leaving her unable to play her instruments for 18 months, which triggered a severe depressive episode.
Once recovered, she released her hauntingly beautiful fifth album A Bit Of Blue in 2017. Financed again by her fans, the album received rave reviews in the music press. Emily also published a new book, Notes From The North Pole, a collection of poetry, prose and lyrics.
Songs from A Bit Of Blue have been played on BBC Radio across the UK with the uplifting single For Free played on Radio 2. ?Together with her partner and bass player Christian Dunham, Emily has been touring arts centres across the UK with a stunning new show, delighted to be singing her songs again and entrancing audiences wherever she goes.
She?is passionate about songwriting, saying in a recent interview that “music to me is all about uplifting, comforting and inspiring people”. ?In 2017, she was interviewed by Coronation Street actress Cherylee Houston for a Radio 4 programme called The Agony and the Ecstasy, talking about chronic pain, creativity and her bipolar condition. ?She was also interviewed by Clare Balding for Radio 2, talking about her music, mental health and Buddhist faith.
Emily is now working on her instrumental album and planning a tour of mental health hospitals before she starts her next UK tour in February 2018. She is a patron of the mental health charity Restore.
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