ABOUT

'There is a haunting quality to M.E. Baird’s music, a type of post punk, gothic blues 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 

 

'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

 

"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

For M.E. Baird, songs rarely come to him as a melody or words, they arrive as scenes, and are often populated with characters and dialogue.  Therefore, it is no coincidence that his songwriting and live performances have been described as possessing a distinct visual richness and depth where each song can be a cinematic vignette full of elegance, beauty, tragedy and longing.  M.E. Baird has been writing songs, composing music, producing, fronting bands, touring and performing solo for nearly three decades.   He has toured extensively and written and recorded four full length solo albums plus numerous Ep's.  He has also contributed songs to soundtracks and composed original music for film, TV and screen art projects.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

M.E. Baird is an Australian singer-songwriter, visual artist and educator.  He was born and raised in Frankston an 'end of line’ working class suburb an hour south of Melbourne, Victoria. Although Frankston was his home base he spent much of his childhood on the road with his parents and older brother traversing the continent from east to west and north to South.  In the late 1980s at the age of eighteen he moved to the iconic inner city Melbourne suburb of St Kilda just at the climax of it's post punk, despot, vibrant, creative and anarchist hey day.  While living in Melbourne he began his musical journey as part of the inner city rock, punk and new folk scene as well as working a string of jobs to put himself through design studies at RMIT, University.  He would eventually embark on a part time academic career post graduation, while building his music career on the side for the next decade.  In 1998 he left Melbourne for the UK and Europe.   Fast forward twenty years, M.E. Baird has lived in many places since,  each a unique chapter in life and artand has for the last eight years lived with his partner, Mardi and daughter, Eva in the Northern Rivers  (Arakwal/Bundjalung Nation) region of New South Wales.

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