“The enigmatic Mae Karthauser is the willful imagination behind the transglobal circus that is Mae & The Midnight Fairground. To the strains of haunted calliope music from her bright red keyboard she deftly sculpts compelling narratives into disarmingly catchy songs that only she could have conjured” The Canteen, Bristol
“Her engaging bohemian style emerges in fairytale songs which suggest the rhythmic romp of the carousel, the sights the sounds the smells of the carnival… Populated by wayward characters and Eastern European and gypsy klezmer vibes” Western Morning News
“Dancing on the highwire, without a safety net” Songlines
“Lovely!” Bob Harris, BBC
“Delightfully original” Electric Ghost
“A twilight world, caught between candyfloss sweetness and an altogether sharper undertone ***” R2 Magazine
Mae Karthauser is a British singer songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque / anti-folk piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning violin, piano and singing as a child, and after winning scholarships in her teens she was eventually led to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. She has performed her songs in France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and California – often in collaboration with circus, theatre and dance performances. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to vocal world music spanning as far as Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles.
Mae performs with circus companies such as Svalbard Company, Sweden, The Flying Frenchies (her music appears also on the film “Petit Bus Rouge”), and she has recently began working with Arles based company, Gratte Ciel. Alongside collaborative work, she has recorded three albums and performs solo and occasionally with the band “The Midnight Fairground.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjVSi7AUodQ Bill (solo)
https://youtu.be/u-pm4s7utr8 My Old Compass (solo)
https://youtu.be/ExWmK-5MO5w The Buckle Song (solo)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SSgujrfymM Bill (album official)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbrywr1WlsU One Animal (album official)