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Acclaimed singer returns

PUBLISHED: 15:55 01 September 2010

Emily Maguire is all set to play a stripped down set in an intimate 50-seat venue

Emily Maguire is all set to play a stripped down set in an intimate 50-seat venue

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A critically acclaimed singer and songwriter is to perform at an intimate venue she once played before becoming famous.

Singer Emily Maguire who has featured on the BBC Radio 2 playlist, toured with music legend Don Maclean and played Glastonbury Festival, has been booked to appear at the Liberal Club, in Station Road, Orpington, on September 11.

Although she is more accustomed to playing the Royal Albert Hall and music festival crowds, she asked concert organiser Steve Werhle if she could come back to the 50-seater venue for a performance as part of her UK tour.

Mr Werhle has been putting on monthly live music gigs at the Liberal Club for the last four years after he moved to Orpington from Crystal Palace and found there was nowhere in the area to hear live music.

The 62-year-old, from Chard House Road, Orpington, was surprised that Emily Maguire wanted to play Orpington again. He said: “Emily played here a while ago. She played here on the Friday and two days later she had been picked up by Aled Jones and played on his Radio Two show.

“Don Maclean, who wrote American Pie, heard her on the radio and asked her to play with him at the Royal Albert Hall. So one Friday she played a little hall in Orpington and the next Sunday she was on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Mr Werhle said that when the singer was planning her current UK tour she called him to ask if she could come back and play Orpington.

He added: “I told her that I couldn’t pay her any more money and she said: that’s just fine!”

Ms Maguire, who is classically trained on the cello, violin and piano, moved from London to Australia, where she lived in a tin shack and raised goats while she made music.

She has since released three studio albums, performed on the acoustic stage at Glastonbury and toured with folk artists Roddy Frame and Glenn Tilbrook.

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