Is it the air defined
By a borderline
Is it where they pass
Real-time and there's
Fast food and faster cars
For the cool dudes
And the movie stars
An assembly line of future fate
All gift-wrapped in red tape
And inside the pre-paid
And packaged lives
All laid out in the 9 to 5

The Real World
 


 
   
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[16.12.04]
Off to Paris and Amsterdam for a well-earned break after the last gig of 2004 at The Borderline in London. Spend a few days chilling out and freezing cold in Dam before heading to Paris to stay with Aussie singer-songwriter Will Halliday who's about to record his second album in a chateau...

[21.12.04]
Radio DJ John Stokes [Coast FM] rings up from Australia to catch up on what's been happening in London and to tell us the surf's good and the sun's shining in Maroochydore. We forgive him cos we're still in Paris where it may be snowing but red wine is cheaper than coffee...

Crazy French drivers on the Champs-Elysees

Food, wine and jamming
in Will's Paris garret
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[07.12.04]
Emily's acoustic duo gig at the Union Chapel (Upstairs Bar) on Friday 10th December has been cancelled due to the venue closing down.
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[05.12.04]
Thanks to Rupert, Andy, Graham and Tom for a great night in Sheffield playing support and performing vocals for their ambient trance group the Chillage People. Back in 2001 Emily wrote and recorded the vocals for a track called 'Yellow', subsequently released on the Chillage People album 'Solid Water'. This gig at The Grapes in Sheffield was Emily's first live performance of the song. Click here for FREE DOWNLOAD of 'Yellow' [5mb file: dial-up users, please be patient!]
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[02.12.04]
Emily headlined a fantastic acoustic night at the 12 Bar Club in London's famous Denmark Street in Soho. Great atmosphere and a great crowd... Emily played 2 encores, ending with a solo performance of 'Falling On My Feet', from her album 'Stranger Place'.
12 Bar Club, Soho
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[30.11.04]
Emily performed at The Halfmoon in Putney, one of London's longest running live music venues, hosting gigs by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Nick Cave, John Martyn and Elvis Costello among many others over the years. Emily's first ever London gig was at The Halfmoon acoustic night in 2002.
The Halfmoon, Putney
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[19.11.04]
Following Emily's gig at The Borderline in London on Friday 19th November, she has been booked to perform at the venue again in December and at the annual Borderline festival in January 2005. For dates and details, see gigs.
The Borderline, Soho
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[17.11.04]
Album review: Time Off Magazine [Australia]
 
  EMILY MAGUIRE
Stranger Place (Shaktu)

Bass-heavy drumming and questioning lyrics set a dark tone on album opener ‘The Real World’, but there are many moments of genuine light on Emily Maguire’s Stranger Place.

In fact, there’s a strong sense of mortality and spirituality throughout the English born, Sunshine Coast-based singer/songwriter’s record. Maguire sings of existence (‘The Borderline’), the slow decay of society (‘I Turned On The News’) and devotion (‘Falling On My Feet’). Rich, organic sounds dominate, as do Maguire’s strong vocals, which sit prominently in the mix.

Acoustic folk-pop is the order of the day, but Maguire plays around enough with the genre to keep it appealing. ‘The Borderline’ and ‘On The Radio’, for instance, strip things back to a gentle lull, while ‘You Do’ incorporates a Latin guitar feel. ‘I Thought I Saw’ is a pop highlight, a rare instant hit among a collection of songs that are likely to prove themselves more as time goes by. [Sarah Jones]


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[03.11.04]
Emily performed at London's famous Troubadour venue on Old Brompton Road in London, where Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Paul Simon all played in the 60's. Click here for details of more upcoming gigs in London
The Troubadour, London
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[31.10.04]
Fantastic gig headlining at the Purple Turtle in Oxford on Halloween, courtesy of the weird and wonderful Beardmuseum.
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[04.10.04]
Emily's album 'Stranger Place' was Album of the Week on ABC Radio Midwest & Wheatbelt [WA].
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[29.09.04]
Album review: Scene Magazine [Australia] Issue #558
 
  'Stranger Place'
Emily Maguire
[Shaktu]

She has the kind of vocals that will melt your stereo. Emily Maguire came to Australia for a holiday last year and hasn't left. Taking time out to record in Australia, she has released a smouldering hard-hitting and socially aware album. Breathless and slinky, her voice is similar to that of Sarah Harmer, Sinead O'Connor and Joni Mitchell. Blending her love of classical music (she is classically trained on cello, piano and flute) with passion for beautiful poetry, this singer-songwriter has released an organic album with simple acoustic riffs ('The Borderline' and 'On The Radio') and bluesy melodies ['Stranger Place']. If she doesn't melt your stereo, she's sure to melt your heart.


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[26.09.04]
Emily was Kellie Riordan's guest in 'The Green Room' on ABC Coast FM from 3-4pm, talking to Kellie about music and musicians, and playing 5 (from several hundred!) of her favourite tracks by other artists: 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley, 'Mountains of Things' by Tracy Chapman, 'Lonely People' from an album called 'Between the Sea and The Sky' by Phil Hudson, 'Back On Your Side' from the album 'Punchdrunk' by Ecki, and 'Ode to Billie Joe' by Bobbie Gentry.
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[26.09.04]
An interview with Emily was featured in the Sunday edition of the Sunshine Coast Daily.
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[22.09.04]
Emily performed a solo acoustic version of 'Love Song' for ABC Radio, and was interviewed by presenters Diana Slater [ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt] and Ingrid Just [ABC Central Queensland].
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[20.09.04]
Emily was interviewed live by Mel Radak on Brisbane's Planet Radio. Mel played 2 tracks from the album ['The Real World' and 'Somebody'] and asked Emily questions about life in the shack and the story behind 'Stranger Place'.
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[13.09.04]
Emily did a live phone interview with presenter Annie Gastin on ABC Darwin at 11.55am [EST]. Annie asked Emily about life in the shack, how she survives without hot water, and if there's a love story behind her move to Australia and the making of 'Stranger Place'.
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[09.09.04]
Rob Ruger interviewed Emily and co-producer Christian Dunham for Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM. Rob played 3 tracks from Emily's album 'Stranger Place' and asked some searching questions about the origin of songs such as 'I Thought I Saw' and 'If I Could See You'.
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[02.09.04]
Emily performed live on ABC Radio Newcastle [Australia] in a studio link-up from ABC studios in Brisbane. Together with bass player Christan Dunham and drummer Shane Nesic, Emily performed 2 songs from her debut album 'Stranger Place' and was interviewed by presenter Lindy Burns. During the first song ['Love Song'] the show's producer rang up the Brisbane studio to check it was really live and not the CD being played! After playing another song ['Somebody'], the presenter announced on air it was "the best live band session I've heard on ABC Radio... ever".

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[01.09.04]
Album review: Tsunami Magazine [Australia] Issue #56
 
  EMILY MAGUIRE
Stranger Place

Shaktu Records

In direct contrast to the girly-pop schmaltz currently infesting the airwaves, Stranger Place combines wisdom, hard hitting social commentary and beautiful poetry. Strong, thought-provoking lyrics are the focal point, with bass, drums, multiple guitars and haunting cello painting a vivd background of musical imagery. Although often referred to as a female Bob Dylan in lyrical terms, her musical influences range from Beethoven to Bob Marley via Joni Mitchell. In so many ways Stranger Place defies categorisation, spanning musical boundaries instead. From this debut album of original songs, it is clear that Emily Maguire is a consummate artist.

LARK 5/5
 
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[01.09.04]
Emily was profiled in the September issue of Tsunami Magazine [SE Queensland]
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[w/c 30.08.04]
Emily's debut album 'Stranger Place' was Album of the Week on ABC Radio Newcastle [Australia]

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[18.08.04]
Album review: Beat Magazine [Australia] Issue #924
 
 

[EMILY MAGUIRE - Stranger Place]
Shaktu Records

When you listen to Stranger Place, you can feel the pureness and passion with which it was produced and completed. It is an observation, a story, and a hauntingly beautiful melodic voyage through the ebbs and flows of an individual's existence in this world.

An English singer-songwriter now living in the 'back of beyond', Maguire's style is a mixture of funky jazzy blues with some Joni Mitchell, Paula Cole and Natalie Merchant-style sounds.

Stranger Place is definitely worth checking out if you enjoy a female acoustic sound with strong focus on the words and melody. And anyone who teaches themselves to play guitar using Bob Marley songbooks has got to be good!

JESSICA BALL

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[01.08.04]
Emily and co-producer Christian Dunham were interviewed by Annie Gaffney on ABC Coast FM. Annie played the title track 'Stranger Place' and the song 'Somebody' from Emily's debut album 'Stranger Place'.
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[17.07.04]
'Launch of Emily's debut album 'Stranger Place' at the Upfront Club, Maleny [Australia]. For the story and photo-diary of the making of 'Stranger Place', click here.
The Upfront Club, Maleny
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[14.04.03]
And this is where it all began... read the photo-diary of the making of 'Stranger Place'.
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