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The Mae Trio - Housewarming (Self Release)

Star rating: 
4

This Melbourne-based trio consisting of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby, together with Anita Hillman, release their debut album to coincide with their forthcoming summer tour of the UK after a successful debut at Celtic Connections back in January. HOUSEWARMING showcases the trio's bright and cheerful take on contemporary Americana albeit performed with a very distinct Australian vernacular. With a dozen self-penned songs, each utilising the trio's evident flair for arrangement and equally evident mastery of the three part harmony, the Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) produced debut also manages to sneak in the one non-original song, Kate Rusby's Lately, which is tucked away right at the end, providing the album with a fine three-part a cappella conclusion. With the obligatory fiddle, banjo, guitar and Anita's cello accompaniment, one or two songs feature the marimba, notably on Maggie's Time Heals All Wounds, which further reveals a fine acoustic blend that should serve the trio well at some of our major summer festivals.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky

Radio Play: Housewarming (Show 329/16.06.14)
Release Date: Available Now
More Info: www.themaetrio.com