Carly Maicher comes out of hiding

Three years of island isolation make an introspective folk record.

Islands are forever for Carly Maicher.
Islands are forever for Carly Maicher.

Never heard of Carly Maicher? We hadn’t either. Perhaps that’s because she’s been squirrelled away on New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island for the last few years writing songs.

Originally from Winnipeg, Maicher only meant to hide away for a few weeks, but wound up spending three years living the lonely island dream. Her love of folk music also inspired her to start up the Summer’s End Folk Festival in Grand Manan.

Boats. Heavy hearts. Guitars. Maicher’s new country-folk album, Hiding, is introspective but feels sort of content. There’s nothing urban about these songs. Recorded casually in her home, she remembers recordings from one night where she could hear strong wind as part of the track.

When she was living on Grand Manan, Maicher didn’t see much of the Maritimes— she’s actually seen more while touring. Which is what brings her to Halifax next week to play at the Company House on April 11th.

“I can be a very shy person,” says Maicher, “performing doesn’t come natural.” Touring for months with no current home to speak of has helped to drag Maicher out of her solitary island shell.

Have a listen here.

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