Singer, songwriter, composer, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R’n’R Magazine), her heartfelt, thought-provoking lyrics, emotive voice and spellbinding live performances winning her fans across the globe. With a remarkable story of recovery to tell, Emily has been interviewed many times on Radio 2 and Radio 4 including Midweek with Libby Purves.

Classically trained as a child on piano, cello, flute and recorder, Emily taught herself guitar aged 21 when she found herself stuck at home with fibromyalgia pain syndrome. “I started writing songs and the illness suddenly became a complete blessing in disguise as I had all this time on my hands to write”, she says.

Back on her feet again and fed up with grey skies and concrete, Emily gave up her flat in London for a shack made out of recycled wood, tin and potato sacks on a goat farm in the Australian bush. Together with Aussie bass player and producer Christian Dunham, she financed her first two albums by making and selling goats cheese. “Living in the shack was one of the happiest times of my life. And despite being a terrible cook, I was actually a very good cheesemaker”, she says.

Emily and Christian returned from Australia in 2007 to tour with American legend Don McLean, playing all the major UK concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall. Her third album Believer, released in 2009, received regular airplay on Radio 2 and won rave reviews in the music press, Maverick Magazine hailing it “a masterpiece”. Greenpeace used her song Woke Up for their climate change campaign.

Emily hid her struggles with bipolar disorder until she published her first book Start Over Again. Launched on Radio 2 on World Mental Health Day in 2010, it generated a huge response from listeners moved by Emily’s openness and willingness to share her experiences of psychosis and depression.

In 2014 an intensive tour of Germany triggered chronic tennis elbow in Emily’s arms, leaving her unable to play her instruments for 18 months. Devastated, she suffered a deep depression that lasted a year. “My fans were a life-saver”, she says. “I’d get these amazing messages telling me that there was a point to all this, that my songs were really appreciated and they wanted me to come back”.

In 2017, recovered again, Emily released her hauntingly beautiful fifth album A Bit Of Blue (produced by Nigel Butler) to critical acclaim in the music press. She published a collection of poetry, prose and song lyrics called Notes From The North Pole, and sang live on Radio 2, talking to Clare Balding about her music, mental health and Buddhist faith.

Together with Christian, Emily has been touring again and entrancing audiences wherever she goes. “I am just so happy to be out there again, performing”, she says. “Music to me is all about uplifting, comforting and inspiring the people listening. That’s all I want to do”.

Emily has done many gigs in mental health hospitals and is a patron of the UK mental health charity Restore. She was invited to perform at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin in 2017 and will be touring Germany as well as the UK in 2018. Just back from recording in Australia for her sixth album, she says, “I can’t wait to be touring again. I’m looking forward to playing some of the new songs that will be on my next album”.

TOUR DATES 2018

April

Date Venue
Thu 19th The Old Stables Cricklade
Sat 21st The Acorn Penzance
Sat 28th Ashcroft Arts Centre Fareham

May

Date Venue
Fri 4th Square & Compass Inn Worth Matravers
Fri 11th Chapel Arts Centre Bath
Sat 12th Cambridge Junction Cambridge
Fri 18th Penarth Acoustic Club Penarth

June

Date Venue
Fri 8th The Stables Milton Keynes
Sat 9th The Stables Milton Keynes
Fri 15th Artrix Arts Centre Bromsgrove
Sat 16th Hangar Farm Arts Centre Southampton
Thu 21st Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre Barnoldswick
Fri 22nd Helmsley Arts Centre York
Sat 23rd Old Fire Station Carlisle
Sun 24th Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove

July

Date Venue
Fri 6th Acapela Pentyrch
Wed 18th Biddulph Up In Arms Biddulph
Thu 19th Crail Festival Scotland
Fri 20th Glad Cafe Glasgow
Sat 21st Glad Café Glasgow
Sat 28th Forest arts Centre New Milton

September

Date Venue
Sat 15th The Slaughtered Lamb London

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