Me For Queen & Orit Shimoni
Saturday 1st June 2019
Me For Queen
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 in a big old house near the sea, 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. Teaming up with Jim Wallis at Bella Union Studios, the record sees her explore a more varied sonic landscape, moving away from her piano-led sound into richly orchestrated arrangements.
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.
“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
Named, “one of this nation's most intriguing and alluring vocalists,” [The Calgary Herald], Israeli / Canadian Orit Shimoni has been touring Canada and Europe, full-time, solo, independently, and by public transit. For over a decade, she has been connecting with diverse audiences through her poignant, eloquent songs, engaging stories, her smooth but powerful voice and enchanting melodies that go straight into the heart, but with words that make you think deeply about this world. She has released nine highly acclaimed albums of original songs, received enthusiastic album and live reviews and international radio play, and is currently working on more. Her consistent dedication to her craft, prolific writing and originality have generated praise from music industry and media as well as her growing fan base.
"One of Canada’s most brilliant and lyrically impactful vocalists...Candid, full of fascination and humour, ... An exceptional bout of worldly experience pours from her captivating vocal sound." Beatroute Magazine
"Playing impressive fingerstyle guitar, she commands a vocal wallop and her intense, singer-songwriter material covers a lot of ground....Shimoni offsets her somewhat bleak subject matter with a clear gift for banter and storytelling, revealing a strong sense of humour as she adds context to each composition." Roots Music Canada
"Where some stripped back albums can leave an artist sounding plain and fragile, Shimoni’s vocals continue to soar as they entwine with the rhythms of her guitar. ‘Bare Bones’ captures the majesty of a fine singer/songwriter at her most vulnerable, while further highlighting her extraordinary talent." Americana UK.
Unobtrusive beautiful record, this "Bare Bones”. Rootstime, BE