With five albums and three books to her name, British singer-songwriter, poet, composer and multi-instrumentalist Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (RnR Magazine, UK). With a remarkable, inspiring story to tell, she has been featured many times in interviews and playlists on BBC national radio, her thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and spellbinding live performances winning her fans across the globe.
Since releasing her first critically acclaimed album ‘Stranger Place’ in 2004, Emily has toured the UK constantly, playing a huge range of venues from the Royal Albert Hall in London with American legend Don McLean, 70 regional theatres with Dr Hook, her own shows in arts centres across the country, and most recently intimate acoustic performances in bookshops and Buddhist centres promoting her new book of poetry ‘Meditation Mind’. In Australia, Emily’s songs have been played many times on ABC radio stations with the title track of her second album ‘Keep Walking’ playlisted on national ABC Radio.
Since publishing her first book ‘Start Over Again’ in 2010 where she revealed her struggles with bipolar disorder, Emily has done many gigs for mental health hospitals and groups across the UK. With her constant aim of uplifting, inspiring and comforting the people who hear her songs, Emily’s work in mental health has been internationally recognised by the US-based International Society for Bipolar Disorders, who have awarded her the 2019 Mogens Schou Award for Public Service and Advocacy.
Now based back in the Australian bush where she began her career, Emily is currently working on her sixth album of songs, and an album of contemporary classical music composed for cello, piano and string orchestra. Her fans in the UK have been promised another tour in 2020 but in the meantime Emily will be touring Australia with her husband and bass player Christian Dunham in 2019, releasing her latest album of songs on their own label Shaktu Records.
Buddhism, breakdowns and a shack in the Australian bush… read Emily’s full story.