...This is a music taken straight from your very marrow...
— Sam Pfeifle
photo credit — Sarah “Bird” McDonald

photo credit — Sarah “Bird” McDonald

How it all came to be ... 

Meghan has always sung and written songs, but didn’t originally set out to be a performer. Her solo career started in 2002, in Portland, ME — walking past a local club on Congress street, apparently humming loud enough for the club owner to run out, grab her by the arm and ask her to sing right there on the spot for his guests. Stunned and unprepared, she sang an a’capella tune she had finished writing earlier that day. The club owner asked if she would be willing to play a “real set” sometime, so she returned about a month later and sang all of the a’capella tunes she could fit into thirty minutes and has been writing and performing regularly ever since!

Meghan recorded a few solo albums before she began The Reverie Machine in 2009. Currently working primarily as a solo act, it does happen every now and again that special guests join the Reverie, such as: Kevin Nelson on Bass, David Pender Lofgren on drums and percussion, Norah McLaughlin, Meisha Horner and/or Jessi Radovich on Backing vocals and percussion, and on a rare occasion you might catch Thomas Deakin on Clarinet, Alto Sax and vocals. Whether solo or when other players join, the music created often uplifts, penetrates and inspires the listener.

Meghan Yates & The Reverie Machine have toured a significant portion of the continental U.S. playing all sorts of rooms and festivals, and even a month long residency/tour of Northern Germany through Songs and Whispers. They have shared the stage with great acts such as Dark Dark Dark, Marco Benevento, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Meklit Hadero, Robert Sarazin Blake, Amanda Rogers, Milagres, Grace Love & the True Loves, Andrew Calhoun, and Arborea. Meg, along with some phenomenal players recorded and released the debut band album Not By Blood in October of 2012. Sophomore album, The Brightest Night was released in November of 2015, and A Little Grace dropped in the fall of 2017. All three albums can be heard Here! Meghan recently recorded a solo album, just her and a guitar (and a couple clapping hands) — The Other Side will be released July 2019.


Meghan’s style has the soul and strike of 70s era Joni Mitchell mixed with the unfettered, brilliant timbre of Björk and a guttural delivery all her own. Watching and listening to Meghan sing is like hearing one’s own soul reflected through a blessed vessel. It comes from a fire-filled, compassionate place of purity. It is honest, elemental music.
— Frank Giokas (What's Up Magazine)
...Every jerk out there with 3 chords and a harmonica rack (myself included!) are mining the Dylan catalogue for inspiration. This band is mining Joni Mitchells ‘Shadow and Light’. Very few dare to enter this territory where passionate lyrical imagery rides on a wave of bass driven grooves. This band transports me.
— Robert Sarazin Blake (Musician/Creator & Director of the Subdued Stringband Jamboree)
To say Meghan Yates has a beautiful voice would be an understatement. It’s too powerful to just simply be beautiful. There’s a depth and darkness in her voice that is so unique. Layer that on top of jazz-infected bass, percussion, and sax and you’re in for an experience that is a bit chaotic and psychedelic at times (in the absolute best way), but also incredibly deep and soulful.
— Taylor Sutton (What's Up Magazine)
(Meghan) has such an ease about her as a performer that one doesn’t often experience. It’s apparent how present she is and how unhesitatingly truthful. Such rare traits. Her writing, singing, voice, music is ready for more ears and hearts.
— Jay Jasch (booker/promoter)
Meghan Yates simply sings from an otherworldly place that I can only describe as delicate trembling thunder. In fact, her voice is so arresting that the lyrics often seem like they’re being sung in some long lost tongue.
— William Ethridge (Eternal Otter Records)
Amid books and twilight into night, her shoe heels clapped the ground, her fingers picked a guitar and she sang. It seemed transparent, as her folkjazz vocals filled the coffeehouse, that the Portland-based musician was meant to sing, to share her voice in song.
— Summer June Dorr/Biddeford Courier
It is difficult to overestimate the vastness of the range of human voices. It’s shocking, really, that the one belonging to Meghan Yates wasn’t invented until now (relatively speaking.)
— Portland Phoenix
Her songs come from a true desire to bring her audiences closer to themselves, to get something to happen, to move people into an awareness of the moment and their experience.
— Steven Williams (musician)
Meghan Yates is like nothing you or anyone anywhere has ever heard. She is a classic original voice in the sense that Billie or Sarah or Lena had classic, original voices. I never got to hear Billie or Sarah or Lena live, but I have listened to Meghan Yates. and therefore I have gotten goosebumps hearing them all roll gloriously back at me.. all at once.. from one voice. American music will be reminded through Meghan of its true history and purpose, and its about damn time.
— Frank Hopkins (musician/sound engineer)

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