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 has a very singular approach to his songwriting and his art practice that separates him from the mainstream. M.E. Baird's need, obsession and vocation to engage, inquire, recite and tell stories is literally in his DNA, evidenced by his 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. 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
'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
Songwriting and music in the past have represented M.E. Baird's main form of expression. However, in more recent years M.E. Baird has brought them into balance developing a strong symbiotic relationship between both whereby one informs or refutes the other. What does exist across the two art forms is an obsession with form, space and counterpoint with a technique that employs a painstaking process of mark making and layering which can see some larger pieces taking weeks to complete.
In a previous life, M.E. Baird studied fine arts in the 80's followed by landscape architecture in the 90's at RMIT, Melbourne. He wasn't particularly interested in working in the architecture industry but instead became an academic. As an academic he held various teaching scholar positions, lecturing and tutoring roles in art, design, architecture and creative philosophy at various art schools and universities in Victoria and New South Wales from 1997-2014. Although no longer an academic, he does occasionally offer workshops on visual art, songwriting and creative processes.