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Maia Waern began song writing in her sandbox years, and she still writes in the sand when she can. Or by the river. Or on the porch. Or near a window.

A fan once said that Maia has attended the “University of Bobs” (Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Bob Snider.)

Maia's folk songs are about memories, feelings and observations. Her personal songs are self-soothing in nature, but also universal. Reassuringly, she might add.

As vivid as her photography, Maia’s music captures her perspective of being human. With intimate lyrics and wooden instruments (ukulele, guitar, gourd thumb piano), Maia’s recordings are Earthy, gentle, and comforting.

Maia Waern’s debut album, From Now On, and her second album, I’ll Be Here, were joined by a third solo album, released in 2017. This never-promoted album, Listen To The Wind, features 16 original ukulele songs, including a ukulele composition and Maia's own thumb piano blues.

Maia's next album will be with her new piano-ukulele trio, Cotton Bags Band, with Julian Fauth and vocalist (and cotton bags maker) Helen Frank. This will be a full embrace of songs by Maia that will include a handful from the Covid era.

A well-deserved break from the digital din, Maia's lyrics are about outside, and also within.

Photo by Nadia Papineau Photography