Thu 28th July, 20228:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
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With a voice often likened to Carole King and Regina Spektor, a classical piano training, and influences ranging from Björk to Chopin, Me for Queen – the creative alias of Mary Erskine – is rapidly winning acclaim for her beguiling ‘soul-folk’ songcraft, blending traditional folk story-telling with a contemporary edge. Growing up feral in rural Fife/Scotland, years of classical training together with a Blues guitarist for a father make for an interesting mix of Soul and Folk.
Her much-anticipated debut solo album, “Loose End” was released via Seahorse Music in September 2018, followed by an EP “Perfect Stranger” exploring motherhood, a collaboration with the Nashville singer, Alva Leigh.
Teaming up for a 2nd time with Jim Wallis at Bella Union Studios, her new album, Microclimate, is set for release in the latter half of 2022. The record charts a turbulent period for the singer-songwriter and marks a musical evolution. With a move towards a more ambitious, electronic sound, it is in turns meditative, joyful then vulnerable, underpinned by resilience.
Mary has enjoyed support from BBC6 Music and BBC Radio Wales and BBC Scotland; the album was Record of Note on Roddy Hart’s show and the single, Loose End, was Single of the Week on the Janice Forsyth show. Her song, “Jessica” was included on Spotify UK’s playlist, “The Most Beautiful Songs in the World” and has racked up over 100, 000 plays.
“Mary Erskine… at the top of her game” Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music
“The combination of rich poetic lines and one of most beautiful, emotive voices I’ve heard in a long time make Me for Queen stand out in any crowd.” Folk Radio UK
“Erskine is blessed with a profound skill in the art of songwriting (not to mention a compelling voice) but also with a deft sense of storytelling…” Edinburgh Metro
“Beautiful, soaring vocals” The Guardian
Ellie James is a singer, songwriter and guitarist based in Bristol. She has worked as a musician since the tender age of thirteen years old, playing her first show at Swn Festival selected as one of the few independent artists by Huw Stephens. Since then she has explored the music industry under different names and in different projects. Throughout this time, she has been able to support artists such as Wolf Alice, Lucy Rose and Jonathan Wilson whilst also having music featured in adverts and films. She was also invited to perform at Canadian Music Week in Toronto in 2018 under the pseudonym Little Rêd. She has now settled into her sound and is enjoying releasing music under her own name, with her latest single ‘Uncomfortable’ receiving support from Tom Robinson on 6Music, Huw Stephens on BBC Radio Wales and the BBC Introducing team in Bristol.