Biography

Musicians and writers like Maryen Cairns continue to evolve creatively after their twenties have passed, seeking a deeper exploration into their psyche. Her maturity has enabled her to re-emerge with diversity, fearlessly exploring genres and textures, writing and performing from her authentic heart and real life experience.  

Although to the general public Maryen is a new face, she has worked for many years on her craft, which has taken her both across Australia and around the world. Based in London for a decade working with world class musicians, raising a family on an off-the-grid mountaintop in South East Queensland, working with children in remote communities in Western Australia helping them write their own stories into song, writing a show telling the stories of Australian women and taking it on the road with her own family in a caravan covering 18,000 km, and all the time writing writing writing, with a fascination for both the imagined, the deep spiritual world and very real history (which often proves stranger than fiction), Maryen has continued to develop as a singer and songwriter, as evidenced in her new album COME TO ME.  

With COME TO ME Maryen has recorded a true singer/songwriter’s album. Diverse, genre crossing, refreshingly outside the box. Inspired by the red dust and lunar landscapes of WA’s Kimberley and Pilbara regions, the album was recorded with a live band including Jennifer Maidman (Boy George, Penguin Cafe Orchestra), Paddy Milner (Tom Jones), Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio), Karlos  Edwards (Robert Palmer, Michael Buble), Ollie Clark, Sani Bolton and Maryen’s son Elvis Kernaghan guesting on electric guitar.  

Produced by Chris Kimsey, the album COME TO ME was released 22 February 2019.  

The first single The Devil’s Fly was released October 26th 2018. 
The Devil's Fly is a mythical, windswept, barren place, somewhere between Quilpie and the Western Australian ocean. 
Wikipedia - “a vlaie, vly /vlaɪ/ or fly /flaɪ/ is a swamp or marsh” 

Discography 

Albums: 

The Pictures Within (1992) 

For Eternity (1994) 

Stories From Beneath (2004) 

Stories From The Red Tent (2012) 

Femina Australis (2016) 

Come To Me (2019) 

Singles:

Too Young To Die (1992) 

Breaking (1994) 

The Red Tent (2012) 

The Devil’s Fly (2018) 

Compilations: 

Handing Down The Knowledge (songs for homebirth) 2009

Reflex Magazine CD sampler - 1992

Other Artists Contributions:

Fish - Internal Exile (album) (1991)

Adrian Borland - 5:00AM (1997)