With roots firmly planted in folk tradition, the Australian award-winning band The Mae Trio is a breath of fresh air on the contemporary folk scene. Incorporating stellar three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and lyrical sophistication, these three young women are rapidly on the rise.
Incorporating stellar three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and lyrical sophistication, these three young women are rapidly on the rise.
Maggie Rigby (banjo, ukuleles, guitar, marimba and vocals), sister Elsie Rigby (violin, ukulele and vocals) and Anita Hillman (cello, bass and vocals) started playing together in 2011.
Recipients of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award and the NFSA Folk Recording of the Year for their debut album Housewarming in 2013, The Mae Trio has made a colourful splash globally at Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MIDEM Festival in Cannes and Americana Festival in Nashville.
American radio host and music reviewer George Graham says of The Mae Trio: “Their tight vocal harmonies can have an ethereal quality, and their songs are lyrically literate and frequently intriguing. Their style also defies ready categorization. The group has found audiences playing at Celtic festivals, but that is not what they are about. One can infer a little Appalachian folk from the banjo style, but the lyrics are not in that tradition either. Though the trio is Australian, they sing in what seems more of a Scottish accent, which adds a further interesting touch.”