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Between the bars

(an Elliott Smith cover)

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Emily Mure got her start in music playing the oboe. Growing up in New York City and attending LaGuardia High School For The Performing Arts, she performed in major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all before the age of 17. Sensitive by nature, Emily didn’t love the pressure she felt within the classical music world but she knew she loved to play music. She was also an avid writer since an early age and wrote award-winning poetry and pros. Emily later attended Ithaca College and majored in both Oboe Performance and Psychology and took a number of writing classes to further her studies.  

At Ithaca, she was drawn to the local folk and bluegrass scene and decided to try playing guitar. During Christmas break of her freshman year, her grandfather, acclaimed guitarist and arranger Billy Mure, bought her first guitar. She spent that whole week of vacation in her grandfather’s garage, learning chords and writing her very first songs.

Over the next few years, Emily found herself practicing oboe less and writing songs and singing more. After college, she moved to Ireland and began her songwriting career as a busker on the streets of Galway. She built her chops as a street performer and wrote songs about her travels and the people she met in Ireland.  

After a time, Emily moved back home to NYC and in December of 2009, she released her first album,Where I Began, a collection of songs, mostly written during her time in Ireland. In the meantime, Emily worked at an office job and played locally around NY. In 2011, she opted for part time jobs to have time for touring, writing and to pursue her music career more seriously. In 2013, she released her second album full-length album, Odyssey. In this recent project, Emily truly integrates her classical roots and composition techniques with her folk and Irish inspired singing and songwriting.

Currently, Emily performs around the Northeast solo, with one other guitarist, and with her chamber-folk trio (Audrey Q Snyder on cello and Emily DiAngelo on oboe and english horn). She was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour in 2014 and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, Kath Bloom, Darlingside, Garrison Starr, The Farewell Drifters, Haas Kowert Tice, Kris Delmhorst, and more. She has performed in reputable venues including Club Passim, The Iron Horse Music Hall, Club Helsinki, The Living Room, and The Highline Ballroom. In the past few years, she has also developed a strong passion for teaching. In addition to performing, she offers private beginner guitar and songwriting lessons. Her songs have received airplay on numerous radio stations and have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC.