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emilymaguire17.jpg Kind of blue

Emily Maguire’s new album, A Bit of Blue, is both haunting and beautiful and it arrowed straight into my heart when it was released earlier this year. She’s playing The Cluny in June.

Ask most singer/songwriters to make you some goat’s cheese and, more than likely, they’ll make their excuses before beating a hasty retreat for fear of embarrassing themselves. Not so with Emily Maguire, however. The British born singer actually lived for four years in a shack in the Australian bush where she was a dab hand at making the old goat’s cheese. She sold this in order to finance her first couple of albums which helped her win support slots with the likes of US legend Don McLean. Her third album, Bird Inside a Cage, was released in 2013 and bagged her a new army of fans, and much radio play, while this year’s A Bit of Blue cemented her place as one of the foremost folk artists in the UK today. It’s raw and addresses some dark periods in her life (she went through a depressive period after being unable to play for 18 months due to chronic tendonitis in her arms), but there’s an inner strength that flickers strongly throughout. She even gets away with a cover of Sandy Denny’s Who Knows Where The Times Goes by drenching it in atmospherics, which makes for a truly startling closer to the album. Utterly captivating live, don’t miss her when she plays Newcastle in June.

Emily Maguire, Saturday 24 June, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £12. thecluny.com