Mary Epworth

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Mary Epworth is an English singer, songwriter, and composer.

In 2012, Epworth released her debut album, Dream Life. The album received much acclaim, with Q calling it "Psych pop splendour [...] Experimentalism, melody and narrative co-existing in appealing balance", and Record Collector awarding the album five stars, and saying "A work of bracing originality [...] Immaculately sung and graced throughout with intelligent, song-serving arrangements and inspired production touches." Strong radio support included singles "Black Doe" and "Long Gone", playlisted on BBC Radio 6 Music, and "Black Doe" picked as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1.[1]


In 2008, Epworth released her debut single "The Saddle Song" on 7". It attracted positive reviews in the UK press and was included in a top 100 poll by German Rolling Stone magazine readers.[2] She also appeared at "The Lady: A Tribute to Sandy Denny" concert at Southbank Centre,[3] garnering a special mention in The Guardian's 4* review.[4] She was backed by Bellowhead in a bill that also included Marc Almond, Jim Moray, Dave Swarbrick and PP Arnold.

In 2009, Epworth took part in the St Georges Day celebration concert at Cecil Sharp House and also the Camden Crawl.[5] That same year Epworth was interviewed by Tom Cox for The Sunday Times on 2 August 2009,[6] and she released her second single "Black Doe" on Hand of Glory Records.

Epworth performed in Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on 26 February 2010, and across the weekend, specially invited by Bellowhead.[7]

Her debut album Dream Life was released in June 2012, again on Hand of Glory Records in the UK,[8] and garnered the singer-songwriter airtime on BBC 6 Music and Radio 1, as well as appearances at Bristol Ladyfest, Hop Farm Festival and Bestival in the same year. The album was released by Highline Records in North America in the Spring of 2015.[9]

Her brother Paul Epworth is a music producer, musician, and songwriter.[10]

In July 2013, her song 'Long Gone' was featured on Welcome to Night Vale as the Weather for the episode "Faceless Old Woman".

Epworth's festival performances in 2013 included SXSW, The Great Escape and Festival No. 6.

Epworth released a one-off single, September, in 2013, with accompanying video. The single was premiered on 22 August 2013 by BBC Radio 6 Music on the Radcliffe and Maconie show, and Epworth was the studio guest for an interview. The single was added to the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist, and Epworth was live in session with Lauren Laverne on 30 September.[11][12][13]

In 2014, Epworth embarked on a 20-date UK and European tour supporting US podcast phenomenon Welcome to Night Vale for their stage show, which also saw Epworth joining them during their show. The sold-out tour included four London shows, two at Union Chapel and two at Shepherd's Bush Empire. This was followed in 2015 by a 36-date US tour with Welcome to Night Vale.[14][15]

Also in 2014, Mary Epworth took part in a one-off collaboration curated by Steve Levine and comprising Epworth with Boy George, Bernard Butler, Tim Burgess, Mark King, Hollie Cook and Natalie McCool. Billed as Steve Levine's Assembly Point Sessions, the show took place at St George's Hall as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival and was hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music's Chris Hawkins.[16][17]

The 2014 Christmas compilation album Christmas Joy in Full Measure opens with Epworth's track "The Wolf and the Woods", with other contributors including Young Knives, The Webb Brothers and Kiran Leonard. Released on Epworth's own Hand of Glory Records, the NME awarded the album 8/10 and called Epworth's track "magical synthpop", and The Sunday Times praised "this wonderfully strange album". On New Year's Eve 2014, Epworth, Young Knives and Kiran Leonard were the special guests on BBC Radio 6 Music's Radcliffe and Maconie show.[18]

2016 saw Epworth scoring the podcast Within the Wires, from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead.[19][20]

In September 2016, Epworth was chosen by Tony Visconti to be the first artist to record with him at Visconti Studio, a new facility at Kingston University London.[21]

In February 2017, Rob da Bank's record label Sunday Best announced they had signed Mary Epworth and will be releasing her second album later this year.[22]



  • "The Saddle Song" (2008)
  • "Black Doe" (2009)
  • "September" (2013)
  • "Snow Queen" (2014)
  • "Me Swimming" (2017)
  • "Surprise Yourself" (2017)


  • Dream Life (2012 UK / 2015 USA)
  • Elytral (2017)


  • Christmas Joy In Full Measure (2014) – The Wolf And The Woods


  1. ^ "Dream Life – Record Collector Magazine". Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mary Epworth, Rolling Stone feature (German edition)". Archived from the original on 5 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Southbank Centre, The Lady: A Tribute to Sandy Denny". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ Denselow, Robin (4 December 2008). "Folk review: The Lady: Sandy Denny Tribute, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Mary Epworth at the Camden Crawl". Archived from the original on 25 April 2009.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Southbank Centre". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Interview: Mary Epworth | Bearded Magazine: The Home of Independent Music". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  11. ^ "The Quietus | News | WATCH: Mary Epworth – September". The Quietus. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Mary Epworth, Radcliffe and Maconie – BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Mary Epworth is in session, Lauren Laverne – BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Mary Epworth Tours North America with Welcome To Night Vale | Highline Records". Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  15. ^ Valentino, Silas (25 May 2015). "Mary Epworth Canvasses an 'American Landscape' In Support of Her 'Dream Life'". The Village Voice. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  16. ^ Wright, Jade (20 August 2014). "LIMF: Get ready for a big weekend of music". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  17. ^ "LIMF 2014 presents Steve Levine's Assembly Point Sessions ft Boy George, Tim Burgess, Bernard Butler & more: St George's Hall, Liverpool". Getintothis. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Chris Hawkins sits in, Radcliffe and Maconie – BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  19. ^ Hershon, Marc (15 July 2016). "Podcast Reviews: Fake The Nation & Within The Wires". HuffPost. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Within the Wires aims for cult fame". Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Mary Epworth opens new Tony Visconti studio – M Magazine". 13 September 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Sunday Best signs Mary Epworth | Complete Music Update". Retrieved 23 February 2017.

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