Emily Mure is a New York City born singer/songwriter and instrumental arranger. Her first musical performance was playing back up cowbell at age 8 on a float with Dr. Ruth (the love doctor) while her father played drums. Emily wanted to learn about life outside the cowbell and took up oboe at age 11. She studied classical oboe at LaGuardia High School for The Performing Arts in Manhattan and later, Ithaca College. Feeling limited by the classical world of music, Emily got her first guitar at Ithaca and immediately started writing folk and bluegrass songs.
During the summer before her Junior year, Emily studied Irish Celtic music at The University of Limerick in Ireland. She learned Traditional Irish fiddle tunes on oboe and studied Celtic voice and guitar. Emily fell in love with Ireland and its music and decided to move there after she graduated. For 6 months, she challenged her fear of performance and earned her living by playing music on the streets of Galway.
After a time, her longing for home brought her back to NYC. In December 2009, she recorded her first album, Where I Began. The album features songs Emily wrote in college and while living in Ireland.
“Clearly a good singer with a uniquely admirable consistency in her lyrical abilities, Emily's songs and performance last week seemed to shun a stifling 'hipsteresque' genre or style, so too often the norm, and exuded a refreshingly traditional focus on songcraft. Emily's influences are the most lyrically-driven geniuses of our time, and she's learned very well to tell her stories, or paint her verbal pictures without forcing the words to the melody for the passive listener. Thank you for that.” —Jezebel Music
This touching collection of stories about travel and lost love are highlighted by an impressive incorporation of classical instruments into a folk-songwriter style. But it is Emily's smoky voice and honest and relatable lyrics that make a city that never sits still want to stop, take a deep breathe, and open their ears.
Emily Mure performs solo, with a trio (including oboe and cello), and a full band. She has performed in various music festivals including The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, The Montauk Music festival, and The Red Barn Festival. She has opened for well-known Bluegrass groups and singer/songwriters including The Duhks and Kris Delmhorst. Her songs have received radio airplay on stations including Women of Substance Radio and WMNF 88.5FM in Tampa. In 2011 she was won Best Vocalist of the month on Singer Universe Magazine. Four of her songs were featured in a PBS Thanksgiving special in November of 2011.