Emily performed her first mental health hospital gig in Australia yesterday for young people and staff on the mental health ward of the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.  Together with her husband Christian playing double bass, Emily sang some of her songs and talked about her own story of mental illness and recovery.

Emily has performed for many hospitals and groups across the UK.  More information about her award-winning work in mental health can be found here: https://emilymaguire.com/music-for-mental-health/. If you would like to talk to Emily about performing for your hospital or group in Australia, please contact us.

Emily performed at Maleny Music Festival in Australia last weekend with bass player Christian Dunham and Aussie drummer Shane Nesic – see the clip below of her song ‘If I Could See You’.  This was their first gig with Shane in 12 years since leaving Australia to perform as a duo touring the UK with Don McLean, Eric Bibb and Dr Hook among others.  Shane has toured the UK twice with Emily and Christian and performed with them in Manhattan, NYC.  He is performing with them at several local gigs in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland while work on the new album continues.  Details of these gigs can be found here.  If you want to see Emily play live, you can join her mailing list and she’ll keep you posted on dates plus news of her forthcoming sixth album.

Emily’s fifth album ‘A Bit Of Blue’  is being released in Australia at the start of September.  Described as ‘exhilarating and transformational’ (RnR Magazine), the album won critical acclaim on its UK release.  As Emily says in the sleeve notes, “This album follows a dark time in my life.  I wanted these songs to be stripped bare, haunting and as beautiful as they could possibly be”.

‘A Bit Of Blue’ was produced by Nigel Butler who has worked with major artists from k.d.lang to Robbie Williams and was one of the key producers in Simon Cowell’s X-Factor both in the UK and the US.  Nigel also produced Emily’s fourth album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’.

The first single ‘For Free’, a gentle and uplifting song of social conscience, was first played on Radio 2, the biggest radio station in the UK.  You can watch the music video here.

Emily was interviewed and performed live on ABC Sunshine Coast radio this morning, her first radio appearance since moving back to Australia.  The station was the first to play her songs when her debut album ‘Stranger Place’ was released back in 2004.  In the photo is Emily and Christian with DJ Annie Gaffney and Maleny Music Festival promoter Noel Gardner.

Emily will be performing with her band at Maleny Music Festival in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland next month.  The festival takes place at the Maleny Showgrounds from Friday 30 August til Sunday 1st September.  Emily will be performing in the Platypus Lounge at 2.45pm on Saturday.  More info at www.malenymusicfestival.com.

Emily is taking a break from touring and is busy recording her sixth album with her producer and partner Christian Dunham in Australia.  If you want to know when the new album is out and she is touring again, please join her mailing list.

In the meantime, you can follow Emily and hear all the songs from her five albums on Spotify and see photos from her life in the Australian bush on Instagram.

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Emily travelled to Sydney, Australia to attend the annual conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) and receive the 2019 Mogens Schou Award for Public Service and Advocacy in recognition of her work promoting music for mental health.  The awards ceremony took place during a dinner cruise in Sydney Harbour where Emily and her partner Christian Dunham performed for the 180 guests attending.  The audience was made up of leading healthcare professionals in the field of psychiatry from around the world.  The photo is of Emily with renowned American psychiatrist Robert Post and mental health advocate Marylou Selo.

Emily was chosen by renowned Swiss photographer Matthieu Zellweger to feature as part of his photography project capturing the highs and lows of bipolar disorder.  He came to the UK to photograph her and included her in his new book ‘ Worlds Beyond’.  This work is featured on the first page of Lens Blog, the highly-regarded photojournalism blog of The New York Times.

After a busy 2018 on the road, Emily is taking some time out from touring as she has just relocated with her husband Christian to Australia.  They will be doing gigs in Australia later this year and touring the UK again in 2020.  If you want to know when and where you can see Emily play, please join her email list.

You can follow the story of Emily’s life in the Australian bush on her blog, on Facebook and on Instagram.