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Sound of Return – Bendigo Times

Highly acclaimed folk siren Mariah McCarthy is full of anticipation ahead of the release of her debut album, At Home, which will launch twice at Brunswick Artists’ Bar and the Old Church on the Hill on two consecutive Saturdays this month.

The album took a few years to come together and, in true McCarthy style, the title track was built around a narrative that has very special personal meaning.

“I’m really proud of what I’ve created,” she said. “I’m thrilled to have a more stripped down, authentic representation of my live performance, with a small amount of additional instrumentation to fill out the songs.

“The name At Home originally comes from the line ‘I feel at home’ on the album’s fifth track, Old Picture Slide, which is a song close to my heart.

“It was inspired by my maternal and paternal grandparents, both of whom have been married for over 65 years.”

“I decided to run with this theme and my grandmother was kind enough to let me take possession of her beautiful home for a few days, taking photos and filming a few videos, which made the album even more more personal and special.

“I started planning the album in 2019 and even made a first recording at the time.

“I was all ready to finally step into a studio in early 2020 when the whole world changed!”

“At Home also reflects the odd few years we’ve had at home.”

The launch event for Mariah’s Brunswick Artists’ Bar takes place on September 10 with Kate Lucetta and Emily Soon as backers, while the launch for Old Church on the Hill, featuring Flora and Jess Parker, takes place on September 17.

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