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Stranger Place

by Emily Maguire

Combining “wisdom, hard-hitting social commentary and beautiful poetry” (Tsunami Magazine).
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Real World
3:53 $0.99
2. The Borderline
5:49 $0.99
3. If I Could See You
3:29 $0.99
4. Somebody
3:17 $0.99
5. On the Radio
2:51 $0.99
6. Stranger Place
3:59 $0.99
7. I Turned On the News
3:28 $0.99
8. Falling On My Feet
2:56 $0.99
9. I Thought I Saw
3:14 $0.99
10. You Do
4:14 $0.99
11. Love Song
3:02 $0.99
12. Somewhere in the Blue
1:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Emily Maguire is an independent English singer-songwriter whose strong, thought-provoking lyrics and “the kind of vocals that will melt your stereo” [Scene Magazine] have won her fans across the globe.

Originally classically trained as a cellist and pianist, Emily taught herself guitar from Bob Marley songbooks and when illness forced her to give up work, she started writing songs about life and the world outside her window. Years later, back on her feet and fed up with grey skies and concrete, she gave up her flat in London for a wood and tin shack in the Australian bush where she recorded and released her debut album ‘Stranger Place’ to critical acclaim by the Australian media.

Combining “wisdom, hard-hitting social commentary and beautiful poetry” (Tsunami Magazine), 'Stranger Place' was ABC Radio ‘Album of the Week’ across 2 states. The first track ‘The Real World’ secured her an invitation to perform at the 2005 Singer-Songwriter Festival at The Borderline in London, where she opened for David Bowie’s renowned bassist Gail Ann Dorsey. She made such an impression that promoter Barry Everitt booked her for 2 more gigs on the spot and after she returned to Australia, he wrote on the venue website: “There is always a place for her on our stage. Her superb songs have grown on all who have seen her and we need her back soon.”

Following a nationwide UK tour in May 2006, Emily returned to Australia to record a new album 'Keep Walking' with bass player Christian Dunham and drummer Shane Nesic. Putting her cello playing to good use, she borrowed a violin, viola and cello and recorded all the parts herself to create her own string ensemble. The result was an album that has been described as "music and lyrics of an artist that goes leaps and bounds beyond... a decades and genre spanning piece of work that should be admired as a whole as much as for each individual song" (IndepenDisc, New York). The title track ‘Keep Walking’ is currently on the national ABC Radio playlist in Australia.

Emily remains passionate about both Bach and Bob Marley, combining her love of classical music with a passion for beats, basslines and acoustic guitar. But it is her words that have the most profound effect on her listeners. In a recent interview with British newspaper The Independent, she said “What I want to do with my songs is to give people the same feeling you get when you go and look at the horizon above the sea and you get a sense of silence and space and possibility”. Her signature song 'Falling on my Feet', written in a north London hospital, is a prime example.

Back at her shack in the Australian bush following the launch of ‘Keep Walking’ at Pianos in New York, Emily is preparing for an unplugged acoustic tour of festivals, clubs and pubs across the UK including the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Cambridge Folk Festival in July 2007. Anyone wanting to know dates should check her gigs page or join her mailing list at www.emilymaguire.com.



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Mike Jurkovic (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)

Three totally killer songs kick off Maguire's debut.
Three totally killer songs kick off Maguire's debut. The throbbing The Real World; the utterly transcendent The Borderline ("If we are like water then which drop is me") and the captivating If I Could See You.

Think about that for a sec. Any singer/songwriter would readily revisit Robert's crossroads to sign a deal with the devil for an introductory salvo like that. Add the extremely sad fact that most artists today won't have three killer tunes in a lifetime and you can see and hear how far ahead of the game you are with Stranger Place.

Though it's easier here to spot her influences (Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant) than on her equally fine and defining follow-up Keep Walking, Maguire's striking, real world lyricism renders Sarah and Natalie mute, while her emotionally textured arrangements—brought to life by bassist Christian Dunham and drummer Shane Nesic—never wander into Ani-like self indulgence. Best listened to as a complete work of intelligent passion, other haunt-your-head tracks include Somebody, I Thought I Saw, Love Song and Stranger Place.

Scene Magazine

She has the kind of vocals that will melt your stereo.
She has the kind of vocals that will melt your stereo. Taking time out to record in Australia, Emily Maguire has released a smouldering hard-hitting and socially aware debut 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.

Tsunami Magazine

Stranger Place combines wisdom, hard hitting social comment and beautiful poetry
In direct contrast to the girly-pop schmaltz currently infesting the airwaves, Stranger Place combines wisdom, hard hitting social comment and beautiful poetry. Blending her love of classical music with a passion for beats, basslines and acoustic guitar, Emily Maguire’s songs blur the boundaries between rock, folk and funk. 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… or spans musical boundaries instead. From this debut album of original songs, it is clear that Emily Maguire is a consummate artist.

Beat Magazine

a hauntingly beautiful melodic voyage
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!