"New York-based songstress Emily Mure delivers her self-released, self-produced and self-assured sophomore full-length Odyssey on July 30, an album of unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop. Apart from one cover, a lovely, mini-orchestrated version of Cake's "Mexico" (featuring Emily DiAngelo on oboe and Elizabeth Means on cello), Odyssey features nine original songs all written and performed with a minimum of extraneous decoration and Mure's distinctive, sandy-textured vocals. One of our favorites is "Joanne 6," a softly-strummed song that reminds us of Nick Drake's sublime simplicity, string-backed arrangements and ethereal atmospherics."
-Direct Current Music
Emily Mure is classically trained oboist turned folk singer-songwriter. Born and bred in New York City, she attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan for oboe, competing and performing in reputable venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all before the age of 17. Emily decided to further pursue music and attended Ithaca College where she studied Oboe Performance and Psychology. It was here that she discovered Folk and Bluegrass music and decided to learn guitar. Her grandfather, musician Billy Mure, bought Emily her first guitar. After just one week of playing and a lesson with Ithaca College student and current Howlin’ Brothers’ guitarist Jared Green, she immediately started writing songs.
At Ithaca, Emily also discovered a love for Irish Traditional Music. During the summer before her senior year, she pursued studies in Irish Celtic music at The University of Limerick. Emily fell in love with Ireland and after she graduated, moved to Galway and began her performance career as a songwriter, making her living busking on the streets of Ireland for 6 months.
After immersing herself completely into the Irish culture, Emily returned to her native city of NY with a bag full of songs and in December of 2009, released her first self-produced full-length album, Where I Began. With these songs, Emily started to make a name for herself in NY and New England, sharing the stage with acts like The Duhks, Kris Delmhorst and Kath Bloom. She was an emerging artist at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and performed in venues including The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, The Living Room in NYC and Hooker-Dunham Theatre in Brattleboro, VT.
The last year has been one of the busiest for Emily yet. In 2012, songs from Where I Began were placed on TV networks including ABC and PBS. Emily made her live TV performance debut on WFMZ Local 69 news’ Music Mondays in Allentown, PA. And in early 2013, she performed on The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase on NBC. During the summer of 2012, Emily began recording her second full-length album.
Odyssey, set for release on July 30th 2013, was recorded by Brandon Wilde at Studio 76 in Brooklyn. It is a deeply personal album, featuring nine original songs and one cover. On her version of “Mexico” by the band Cake, she reworks the song for an unlikely trio of acoustic guitar, oboe and cello. The album highlights Emily’s poetry and her arranging techniques, integrating her classical background and folk style of singing and songwriting. With the help of award winning musicians of both classical and folk backgrounds, she has composed an album of “unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop” (Direct Current Music). Songs from Odyssey have aired on radio networks including NPR’s The Folk Show on North Country Public Radio and Sirius/XM. Emily is currently planning Odyssey’s release and is eager to share her new songs with her fans.
"a smoky-voiced successor to Emmylou Harris and John Wesley Harding-era Dylan" James Rickman (Unveiled Arts)
"One part jazzy vocal, one part classical arrangement, one part folk songwriter equate to ALL parts really fantastic music."
-Red Line Roots Music
“Clearly a good singer with a uniquely admirable consistency in her lyrical abilities, Emily’s songs and performance last week seemed to shun a stifling “hipsteresqe” genre or style, so too often the norm, and exuded a refreshingly traditional focus on song craft. Emily’s influences are the most lyrically driven geniuses of our time, and she’s learned very well to tell her stories, or paint her verbal pictures without forcing the words to the melody for the passive listener. Thank you for that.”
emerging artist in The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Hillsdale, NY)
Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA)
CMJ (New York, NY)
10 X 10 on North Festival (Pittsfield, MA)
The Vanity Belles
Hank and Cupcakes
The Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
The Living Room (New York, NY)
Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)
Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA)
Hooker Dunham Theatre (Brattleboro, VT)
Club Helsinki (Great Barrington, MA)
The Red Lion Inn (Stockbridge, MA)
Union Hall (Brooklyn, NY)
Mojo Main (Newark, DE)
The Grape Room (Philadelphia, PA)
The Crane Bar (Galway, Ireland)
Roisin Dubh (Galway, Ireland)
Elizabeth Means - Cello
Emily DiAngelo - oboe
Emily Mure - Vocals, Guitar
Where I Began, December 2009
Odyssey, July 2013
Emily Mure performs on Music Monday, 69 News WFMZ-TV
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Part singer/songwriter and part instrumental arranger, Emily Mure, from New York C...ALLENTOWN, Pa. -
Part singer/songwriter and part instrumental arranger, Emily Mure, from New York City, combines the traditional craft of folk song with compositions featuring the oboe and cello.
You may have heard her at Musikfest this year, and she was kind enough to pay the Lehigh Valley another visit to join us for Music Monday.
Emily Mure plays Squeaky Wheel Fest. Host Elizabeth Smart and Good Morning America
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NEW YORK, NY — On November 6th, The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase and Planet LA Records hosted an ...NEW YORK, NY — On November 6th, The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase and Planet LA Records hosted an event at The Gibson/Baldwin Showroom in New York City to bring attention to missing and exploited persons in the United States. The afternoon concert brought New York area songwriters out to perform as part of the New York leg of "The Squeaky Wheel Tour" which ties in the songwriter community to the movement to find missing persons.
Ed and Elizabeth Smart were on hand to lend their support and Good Morning America filmed the event to be incorporated into a forthcoming segment on the long-running ABC morning show.
"Awareness makes all the difference in helping to find the missing and events like this really help to generate that awareness," said Ed Smart.
Local press and representatives from EMI were also in attendance to watch as accomplished songwriters including Emanuel Ayvas, Dorie Colangelo, Emily Mure and Jimmy Lloyd performed in between speakers who addressed the audience to talk about the many missing and exploited persons in the US who are never located and its ripple effects on the families and communities of the missing. Elizabeth and Ed Smart spoke specifically about abduction prevention education for children.
"The Squeaky Wheel Tour" is a captivating experience, it moves you in ways very few shows can. In between sets, there is almost an unspoken moment of silence between the performer and audience members. It is in those moments that respect is paid to those who are missing and the loved ones affected," said Aurora Pfeiffer, an A&R rep from EMI who was in attendance.
The eclectic line up of performers was assembled by Jimmy Lloyd, who produces and hosts the NBC syndicated TV program The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase, which spotlights up-and-coming songwriters. "I think those of us fortunate to have media access should do whatever we can to help bring attention to the cause of missing and exploited persons and we are so thrilled to be involved in this special day," said Lloyd who was asked by the tour's organizer, Jannel Rap, to help with the New York City event.
"The Squeaky Wheel Tour" is a program of 411gina.org, which has a mission to gain media exposure for missing persons and help bring them home. It was started by Jannel Rap, whose sister Gina, a songwriter, went missing after a performance in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2000 and was never found.
Singer-songwriter Emily Mure will play at Bishop Auditorium Thursday; proceeds will go toward art and music programs at the charter school
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FAIRFIELD -- Singer and songwriter Emily Mure has spent most of her musical career playing on the st...FAIRFIELD -- Singer and songwriter Emily Mure has spent most of her musical career playing on the streets of Galway, Ireland, and the stages of New York City's Lower East Side.
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New York singer and songwriter Emily Mure is playing a Valentine's Day concert Thursday at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences charter school in Fairfield.
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Thursday night she will make her first trip to Maine to play a show at the Bishop Auditorium on the Good Will-Hinckley campus, with proceeds from the show going to the art and music program at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences.
While she is here, Mure also will teach a class on songwriting at the school and reunite with an old friend from New York, Mady Spiegel, who is an AmeriCorps volunteer at the charter school. Her show tonight is open to the public for an admission fee of $5.
"I've never been to Maine, so I don't really know what to expect. The idea originally came from Mady, and I thought it was a good idea to play and also have some time to teach music," said Mure, who is 28 and lives on Roosevelt Island in New York.
The two women are friends who attended LaGuardia High School, a specialized high school for music and the arts and one of New York's most prestigious public schools. They also both lived in Ireland after graduation from college. In New York, Mure has played at Rockwood Music Hall, which typically books 10 to 15 live acts every night between its two stages, and the Living Room on the Lower East Side, both popular spots in a nightlife-dense neighborhood. She also has played at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in the Berkshires and the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass.
A classically trained oboist who studied at Ithaca College in western New York, Mure writes her own music and has released one album, "Where I Began," which came out in 2009. She said the music has undertones of her classical training mixed with inspiration that she draws from contemporary folk and bluegrass music. Among her favorite artists are the Lumineers, Bob Dylan, Feist and Andrew Bird.
"I really wanted her to come up here and play. The kids have been helping out with the concert, and I think it will be cool for them to see what she does," Spiegel said.
Those who bring an item of canned food to donate to the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry can pay $4 for admission to tonight's concert instead of $5.
The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, which opened as a charter school in October, emphasizes the sciences and sustainable living as core to its curriculum. Spiegel said many students on campus also are interested in developing an arts and music program.
Last month they organized the first on-campus coffeehouse, an evening showcase of student work in the performing arts.
Mure, who attended a specialized high school for music in New York, said that starting a grass-roots community around music could help the school to grow.
"My advice to students would be that if there is something they want to get done, like starting an arts program, they should start their own community around it. They should have workshops and just play music with their friends," she said.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bishop Auditorium in the Prescott building on the Good Will Hinckley campus. Admission is five dollars or four dollars with the donation of a canned good for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Fairfield.
Americana Folksinger Emily Mure to perform at Mission Bar + Tapas for 10 X 10 on North Festival (Pittsfield, MA)
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(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – New York City-born singer/songwriter and instrumental arranger Emily Mure perf...(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – New York City-born singer/songwriter and instrumental arranger Emily Mure performs at Mission Bar + Tapas on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 9 p.m., as part of the 10×10 on North Festival in downtown Pittsfield. Mure’s original songs in the Americana style are strongly influenced by Irish fiddle tunes, bluegrass, and country music, and her organic, twangy vocals recall Emmylou Harris, Natalia Zukerman and Lucy Kaplansky.
Mure’s first musical performance was playing backup cowbell at age 8 on a float with Dr. Ruth while her father played drums. Emily wanted to learn about life outside the cowbell and took up oboe at age 11. She studied classical oboe at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan and later at Ithaca College. Feeling limited by the classical world of music, Mure got her first guitar at Ithaca and immediately started writing folk and bluegrass songs.
During the summer before her junior year of college, Mure studied Irish Celtic music at the University of Limerick in Ireland. She learned traditional Irish fiddle tunes on oboe and studied Celtic voice and guitar. Mure fell in love with Ireland and moved there after she graduated. For six months, she challenged her fear of performance and earned her living by playing music on the streets of Galway. After a time, her longing for home brought her back to New York City. In December 2009, she recorded her first album, Where I Began.
Emily Mure performing at the Living Room in New York
Emily Mure performs solo, with a trio (including oboe and cello), and with a full band. In New York City, she plays venues including Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, Bar 4, and Café Vivaldi. She has also developed a love for the Berkshires and has started to perform frequently around the area. She was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2008. She has also played at the Lion’s Den in Stockbridge as well as at the Gypsy Joynt and Club Helsinki in Great Barrington. She has opened for well-known bluegrass groups and singer/songwriters including the Duhks at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton and Kris Delmhorst in Brattleboro, Vt.
Songs from Where I Began have received radio airplay on stations including Women of Substance Radio and WMNF 88.5FM in Tampa. In 2011, Mure won Best Vocalist of the month on Singer Universe Magazine. Four of her songs were featured in a PBS Thanksgiving special in November 2011.
Where I Began features songs Emily wrote in college and while living in Ireland. This collection of stories about travel and lost love incorporate classical instruments into a folk-songwriter style.
"a smoky-voiced successor to Emmylou Harris and John Wesley Harding-era Dylan"
"a smoky-voiced successor to Emmylou Harris and John Wesley Harding-era Dylan"
Best Vocalist Of The Month
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Emily Mure, a promising folk/pop singer & songwriter based in New York City, has won the February Si...Emily Mure, a promising folk/pop singer & songwriter based in New York City, has won the February SingerUniverse “Best Vocalist Of The Month” Competition, for her performance of her song “Don't Lock The Front Door.” This song is included on her 12-song debut album Where I Began, which she released independently in December 2009.
“Don't Lock The Front Door” is an appealing folk/pop tune which has a very sparse instumentation--just vocals and acoustic guitar. But it provides a fine showcase for Mure's expressive, graceful vocal performance, which is reminiscent of Norah Jones' style. Notably, Mure played guitar and also produced this song, which was recorded by Mike Presta at The Engine Room studio in Manhattan.
Mure grew up on Roosevelt Island (which is part of Manhattan), and her grandfather and father were both professional musicians who introduced her to music. She was also inspired by listening to such favorite artists as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Ani DeFranco. Interestingly, the first instrument Mure learned was oboe, and she studied oboe while attending the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Impressively, during her high school period she performed with a woodwind quintet at Avery Fisher Hall, and with an orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Emily Mure performing live.
For college, Mure attended Ithaca College (in central NY state), where she majored in Music and minored in Psychology. However, it was during college that she decided to focus on folk and Celtic music instead of classical. In the summer following her sophomore year, Mure studied Irish Celtic music at the University of Limerick in Ireland. In fact, she loved Ireland so much that after graduating from college, she moved to Galway, Ireland for six months, where she earned her living as a street musician. Also during this time in Ireland, she wrote several of the songs which would appear on her debut album, Where I Began.
Upon her return to New York in 2007, Mure performed live steadily (at such venues as Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, Union Hall and Arlene's Grocery), and she prepared to record her album, for which she wrote all the songs. "I started to record the album in May 2009, and it was recorded over the next few months," Mure recalled. "It was released that December (2009)."
Following the album's release, Mure has promoted the album online, and by playing many shows around New York, sometimes as a solo performer, in a trio (with oboe & cello), or with a full band. "I'm continuing to promote my album, playing local gigs and several festivals," she said. "I would also like to do a Northeast tour, and a Southern tour." In addition, Mure has been writing songs for her next album, which she will start recording later this year.
Clearly a good singer
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..."Clearly a good singer with a uniquely admirable consistency in her lyrical abilities, Emily’s so......"Clearly a good singer with a uniquely admirable consistency in her lyrical abilities, Emily’s songs and performance last week seemed to shun a stifling “hipsteresqe” genre or style, so too often the norm, and exuded a refreshingly traditional focus on songcraft. Emily’s influences are the most lyrically-driven geniuses of our time, and she’s learned very well to tell her stories, or paint her verbal pictures without forcing the words to the melody for the passive listener. Thank you for that." -Jezebel Music 1/9/08
Emily Mure plays the Local Correspondents Fest in Brooklyn, NY
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Hannah Fairchild, Emily Mure and Jodi Shaw are among the 12 NYC artists performing on the first nigh...Hannah Fairchild, Emily Mure and Jodi Shaw are among the 12 NYC artists performing on the first night of the four-night-long, Deli sponsored 6th Annual LC Fest, organized by independent music community Local Correspondents at Bar4 in Park Slope, Brooklyn (444 7th Ave.).
Hannah Fairchild is an energetic singer who fronts the punk cabaret band Hannah vs. The Many, while Emily Mure is a classically trained, smoky-voiced singer/songwriter currently recording her second album (pictured, check out hes song Joanne, streaming below). Jodi Shaw, whose new album, “In Waterland,” was just released on May 15, draws comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Fiona Apple, and The Beach Boys.
It’s hard to call Emily Mure anything but honest
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“It’s hard to call Emily Mure anything but honest. The NYC-bred musician, who built up her solo chop...“It’s hard to call Emily Mure anything but honest. The NYC-bred musician, who built up her solo chops busking in Ireland, creates pure and soulful music. Close your eyes listening to any of her songs and you’ll swear Norah Jones has a folk-singing sister. Looking to cry tears of tenderness? Turn up the volume on “Chocolate Milk," a song written for her grandmother, whose last words were, “I want chocolate milk and I want it now.”
A singer/songwriter to check out
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"Here is a singer songwriter worth checking out. She is NYC born musician, who has already made a na..."Here is a singer songwriter worth checking out. She is NYC born musician, who has already made a name for herself in Ireland and is now back to take on her native city. She writes brilliantly thought provoking folk music accompanied with a voice that is so rich and poignant that it hurts the heart. She an absolutely brilliant musicians that will be gathering buzz over the next couple of months that could definitely break her in to the NYC mainstream. Check her out before she hits it big." -What's Up! NYC 2/13/08
Emily Mure with The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase w/ Peter Cincotti and The Vanity Belles
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Section 101, a New York based company that delivers a dynamic web-based solution providing simple an...Section 101, a New York based company that delivers a dynamic web-based solution providing simple and effective tools for music and entertainment brands will be supporting a show presented by the Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase on March 5th at 7pm at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.
Headlining the show is singer-songwriter-pianist Peter Cincotti. A native New Yorker who began playing piano at the age of three, this clear young talent started performing in clubs through out Manhattan while still in High School. The New York Times called Peter “one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation.” Peter’s musical styling blends pop, rock, blues and jazz. He is well known as one of the most skillful and insightful songwriters in the music industry today, which his latest album, Metropolis, is a testimony to. The Huffington Post calls the story of Metropolis, “a conceptual album, like a romance in the "modern" age.”
Jimmy Lloyd and Friends featuring Will de Zengotita and Emily Mure, and the Vanity Belles support Peter Cincotti at this show. Jimmy Lloyd & Friends is a Songwriter-in-the-Round format hosted by Jimmy, and featuring two other artists who have recently appeared on The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase. The Vanity Belles is an up and coming ‘cosmo country’ duo that deliver a distinctive hybrid of country and rock n’ roll. They are currently readying their first full-length album to complement their well-received three-song EP released in May, 2011.
A Stunning Beginning
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“Where I Began” is a simply beautiful debut album. The combination of a hauntingly mature voice and...“Where I Began” is a simply beautiful debut album. The combination of a hauntingly mature voice and deep sophisticated lyrics from such a young artist. Mure has produced an album that feels like it’s been in my catalog for many years. A truly potent singer/songwriter.
Emily plays 1 to 3 sets (45min- 1 hr each set)
Original Songs commonly include:
The Same Way
Where I Began
Ireland To Me
When Autumn Came
Don't Lock The Front Door
Give Me May
Like The Moon
If I Were Water
Something That Grows
Tea Kettle Song
a bluegrass version of "Fat Bottomed Girls" (Queen)
Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show & Bob Dylan)
Can’t You Hear Me Calling (Bill Monroe)
Creep On In (norah jones)
9 Crimes (Damien Rice)
Heartbeats (Jose Gonzalez)
Gone For Good (The Shins)
It Ain't Me Babe (Bob Dylan)
Old Fashioned Hat (Anais Mitchell)
River (Joni Mitchell)
Strong Enough (Sheryl Crow)
Such Great Heights (Iron and Wine & Postal Service)
My Last Song To Jenny (The Avett Brothers)
Three White Horses (Andrew Bird)
For Today (Jessica Lea Mayfield)
Closer To Fine (Indigo Girls)
|Dec 6, 2013 Friday||9:00 PM||The Vanilla Bean Café||Pomfret, CT, US|
|Dec 7, 2013 Saturday||8:00 PM||ArtsQuest Center||Bethlehem, PA, US|
|Dec 8, 2013 Sunday||8:00 PM||Cafe NOLA||Frederick, MD, US|