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The Maes continue to “fall head over heels, cart over wheels” for folk music

The Australian sister duo shares sun-dappled, gender-fluid love songs at the Halifax Urban Folk Festival.



Phoebe Bridgers Tribute w/The Maes
Thu Aug 29, 10:30pm
Good Robot Brewing Co., 2736 Robie Street

With harmonies as vast as the Outback sky, Australia's The Maes trace a finger along the lines of '70s folk: The new self-titled record by the now-duo of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby is, as Maggie puts it, "a real tribute to the folk scene in Australia."

When we were a trio we tried to keep the sister thing out of it," she says, "but once Anita left the band we felt like we could acknowledge it and embrace that's where our music comes from: The songs our parents sang."

The new record began with laying down rough demos in Nova Scotia. "When you're making demos," says Rigby, "it's a rough sketch, so it allowed us to be really free."

The result? Ten songs with "stripped-back arrangements," a through-line of banjo and complex romances swapping pronouns track by track.

Rigby adds "it wasn't intentional" to write love songs to various hims and hers. "It's about self-acceptance," and, as "Head Over Heels" puts it, falling "head over heels, feet over fingers, cart over wheels" in love.

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