M.E. Baird is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and visual artist with a distinctive body of work spanning more than two decades. M.E. Baird's need, obsession and vocation to engage, inquire, recite and tell stories is literally in his DNA, evidenced by his Celtic ancestry and namesake Baird [Bard] - A heritage and tradition that his family and kinfolk have maintained over generations crossing both time and distance from Spain to France, United Kingdom, California, New York, Canada and Australia. M.E. Baird has a very singular approach to his songwriting and his art practice that separates him from the mainstream. Originally from Melbourne, he has lived in many places since, each a unique chapter in life and art and has for the last seven years lived in the Northern Rivers (Arakwal/Bundjalung Nation) region of New South Wales.
SONGWRITING AND MUSIC
M.E. Baird has been writing songs, composing music, producing, fronting bands and performing solo since the 90s. Over this time he has explored blues, folk, rock, country and jazz albeit his own unique interpretation of the genres. Regardless of the style he has always been fascinated with the sonic elements of light and shade combined with a well crafted lyric. He has written and recorded four full length albums and numerous Ep's. He has contributed songs to soundtracks and composed original music for film, TV and screen art projects.
'There is a haunting quality to M.E. Baird’s music, a type of gothic blues and folk noir that permeates the songs. Baird knows how to successfully balance the beauty and the despair on Time and as a result, this is an album that should fit nicely in the record collections of fans of songwriters such as Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham." ★★★★ - The Music (Australia)
"The slowly developing, intimately held tracks, which are neither folk, nor country, but maybe a Leonard Cohen interpretation of both are meant for the small, dark, alone spaces of your life." ★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald
"Baird speaks of lost loves and scarred hearts, and while he paints life in a harsh light, he still finds something to hold onto, be it a memory or a dream not yet faded. This is folk; sad, bitter and beautiful.” ★★★★ - The Brag Magazine, Sydney
'Deeply emotive, M.E. Baird is driven by emotion. Whether in the carefully crafted lyrics, the music itself or his lamenting singular voice, emotion drips from everywhere, it trickles down walls and pools on the floor. It aches and hurts...and it’s beautiful.’ ★★★★ - Rhythms Magazine
Although songwriting and music represent his main form of expression, M.E. Baird has always had a passion for art and specifically drawing from a very young age. However, in more years there is much more of a symbiotic relationship between his music, songwriting and his visual art. Drawing and music as a child and teenager primarily offered refuge and escapism from his suburban malaise and even now, M.E. Baird's works are still very much a form of respite and meditation. Utilising a painstaking 'Zen' like process of markings and layering can see some larger pieces taking weeks to complete. Hence why the works are sometimes mistaken for very fine etchings rather than one-off graphite pieces.
This love for drawing lead M.E. Baird to initially study fine arts at was then known as Frankston Technical College and later design at RMIT University, Melbourne and in a past life was an academic. As an academic he has held various teaching scholar positions, lecturing and tutoring roles in art, design and creative philosophy at various art schools and universities in Victoria and New South Wales. Although no longer an academic, he does occasionally offer workshops on visual art, songwriting and creative processes.