Electronic Press Kit
Maryen Cairns is an Australian singer/songwriter now based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Maryen has recently re-emerged as a diverse artist, writing and performing from her authentic heart and real life experience, fearlessly exploring genres and textures from her contemporary folk rock background.
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. She was based in London for a decade working with world class musicians & playing shows both solo and with her band, including supports for FISH at Hammersmith Apollo and The Troggs at The Astoria Theatre. She instigated and ran the 1st Sydney Songwriters Open Mic night for 2 years. Having raised a family on an off-the-grid mountaintop in South East Queensland, Maryen worked with children in remote communities in Western Australia to help them write their own stories into song, and wrote a show telling the stories of 12 significant Australian women, presenting it at the Somerset Celebration of Literature and taking it on the road with her family across 18,000 kilometres in 2017.
All the time she was writing, writing, writing. With a fascination for 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 2019 album COME TO ME, which is produced by iconic producer Chris Kimsey and 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, Spice Girls), Ollie Clark, Sani Bolton and Maryen’s son Elvis Kernaghan guesting on electric guitar.