ABOUT

"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. " -  Australian Rolling Stone

 

'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

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 its post punk hey day.  It is here in St Kilda that his musical journey really got underway.  However,  he worked a string of day jobs to put himself through design studies at RMIT, University just in case the 'music thing' crashed and burned.   In 1997 he  graduated from RMIT University and recorded his first solo album 'Down On The Black Top'  under the moniker of  Zen For Head  for Blah , Blah, Blah Records . The following year he left Melbourne for the UK and Europe following in the tradition forged by many Melbourne bands and artists before him.   The rest as they say is and was one great cliche'.  

 

However, from those initial beginnings and through the last two and half decades, M.E. Baird  has singularly strived for a life of creative freedom and in the face of obscurity and at times total rejection he has continued to write songs, record albums, perform, tour and make art.  In more recent years he has embarked on composing original music for film, TV and screen art projects including songs on a PBS production in the US.   For two decades, and parallel to his music career M.E. Baird has been able to maintain a part time academic career lecturing and teaching in art, design, performance and creative theories at various universities and art schools in Victoria and New South Wales.  

 

Since that initial and pivotal move to St Kilda in the 1980's M.E. Baird has lived in many places, each a unique chapter in life, music and art.  For the last seven years 'home'  for M.E. Baird has been the Northern Rivers  (Arakwal/Bundjalung Nation) region of New South Wales. Where to next is unknown ?

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