The Maes are award-winning Australian sisters Maggie (banjo, guitar, and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (violin, and vocals).
Over the last three years the pair have toured extensively, bringing their unique contemporary twist on folk music to audiences in Australia, North America, the UK, and Ireland; most recently performing at the legendary Telluride Festival in Colorado.
Other stand-out shows include performances at the Hydro Stadium at Celtic Connection, Glasgow; Americana Folk Festival, Nashville; Cambridge Folk Festival, UK; Edmonton Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada; Woodford, Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals, Australia.
Their sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover was awarded Best Folk Roots Album 2017 by The Age Music Victoria Award and has received rave reviews at home and abroad with The Australian calling it a “simply superb sophomore album”.
The Maes are currently working on a new album, which is set for release in 2019.
- “simply superb sophomore album.” The Australian *****
- “…underscores the ever growing potential these girls have to capture a truly international stage.” Folk Radio UK
- “The Maes’ songs are powerful, the vocal harmonies soar, and their own instrumental prowess is impressive” Penguin Eggs
- “quite simply breathtaking” Rhythms Magazine
- “Located at a crossroads where Australian, English and American folk traditions meet, The Maes are in the midst of creating something unique and very much their own” Songlines
Alana Jagt’s dynamic, warmly-weathered voice has captivated audiences throughout her career. Her work blends indie pop and rock with moody alt-country and Motown groove. Backed by a cohort of South Australia’s finest musicians, she performs powerful, vocal-led solo affairs; playful trio shows; and with six-piece, twin-guitar rock band, The Monotremes.
Since releasing her debut EP Wilderness (2017), Alana has played acclaimed festivals such as Handpicked Festival (featuring San Cisco, Dean Lewis, Matt Corby, and JET), Adelaide Guitar Festival, and has showcased at Scouted. She’s also supported the likes of Didirri, Mick Thomas, Abbe May and Kasey Chambers.
Most recently Alana played full/sold-out shows at The Adelaide Guitar Festival and toured nationally for Abbe May’s ‘Fruit on Vinyl’ Australian tour.
Alana is currently working on her debut album (thanks to a grant from Carclew) with the first single to come in mid 2019.
‘If this is the Kool-Aid, I am drinking it’ – Nkechi Anele, Triple J.
‘Her vocals are gorgeous, layered with a delicate raspiness that makes her sound feel pulled from another time’. – The AU. Review.
‘Like a butter menthol for your ears and heart’ – YEWTH MAG.
‘Alana Jagt is my newest musical obsession’ – Didirri.