Maes share sounds with Stratford

Contemporary folk act The Maes are coming to Stratford Courthouse. Photo: Contributed

Stratford Courthouse Theatre will host the multi-award winning contemporary folk act The Maes on Saturday, October 22, with the added bonus of a vocal workshop on Sunday, October 23.

The Maes (sisters Maggie & Elsie Rigby) grew up as the children of folk musicians, immersed in folk festivals, choir rehearsals and campfire sessions. This formative experience helped to shape them into two of Australian folk music’s most respected songwriters, singers and instrumentalists.

Since 2014, The Maes have been touring full-time, playing at some of the world’s most prestigious roots music festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the USA, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, and the Woodford Folk Festival and WOMADelaide here in Australia.

Their 2019 self-titled release, The Maes, won Best Folk/Roots Album of the Year at the Music Victoria Awards – their second consecutive win in this category after their Nashville-produced release, Take Care Take Cover, won the title in 2017.

Alongside these accolades, their song “Driving Ali Through Mining Towns” was shortlisted for the 2019 Vanda & Young Song-writing Award.

Tickets are $30 ($25 concession) for the performance and $20 ($15 concession) for the workshop. They can be bought online at