Described by The Irish Times as "promising" and a “rising name on the Irish music scene”, singer/pianist Marita Connolly has been performing relentlessly since she released her debut album, In Disguise, in early 2012. The album is available to download at iTunes and amazon.com, and you can buy the limited edition CD at www.maritaconnolly.com.
Her high, sweet voice, reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell, combined with the sometimes dark subject matter of her songs, is an intoxicating blend that entrances audiences.
Born in Dublin, Marita spent her first ten years in the lush countryside of Lough Ree in the Irish midlands. She reluctantly moved to the Dublin suburbs with her family, aged ten, and attended an all-girls convent school. Her first solo performance was aged seventeen, at the school arts week concert, where she sang and played a Tori Amos song. After this, Marita was inspired to start composing and writing her own songs. She completed an honours arts degree in University College Dublin in 2000, specialising in politics and music.
After graduating, Marita went to work in a company specialising in political and corporate public relations. She began teaching piano to local children in her spare time. In 2005, she left PR to teach piano full-time, and in 2008, made the momentous decision to finance and record her debut album herself.
She put together an expert band of musicians and began rehearsing and recording in 2009, in Exchequer Studios, Dublin, (owned by Crowded House bassist, Nick Seymour).
Following the successful launch of In Disguise, Marita spent 2012 performing around Ireland, in venues like The Crane, Wexford Arts Centre, The Grand Social, Bewleys Café Theatre, The Purple Sessions, The Mercantile, and The Stag’s Head. Her songs have been played on national radio station RTE Radio 1, as well as local radio stations Dublin City FM, Limerick Live 95FM, Cork 96FM, and Christmas FM.
Spending the month of August playing gigs in London during the Olympics 2012, provided much inspiration for her new material. Marita is constantly writing new songs, and continues to perform in 2013 to a continuously growing fanbase in Ireland and the UK.
|14 Jun 2013||20:00||Gub Dandy's, Brady's Pub, Terenure, Dublin 6||The Brady's Sessions|
|16 Jun 2013||21:00||Apollo Sessions, The Bleeding Horse, Camden St||Apollo Sessions|
|20 Jun 2013||20:00||The Lounge @ The Metropolitan, 60 Great Western Road, Notting Hill, London W11||Portobello Acoustic Sessions|
|21 Jun 2013||19:00||The Living Room Soho, 3 Green's Court, off Brewer St, W1F 0HD||The Living Room|
|24 Jun 2013||19:00||Alley Cat, 4 Denmark St, London WC2H 8LP||Songwriters Circle|
|6 Jul 2013||20:00||Bewleys Cafe Theatre, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2||Caca Milis Cabaret||Buy Tickets|
|25 Jul 2013||19:00||The Pelton Arms, Pelton Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9PQ||Icarus Club|
|20 Sep 2013||20:00||Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford Town, Co. Wexford, Ireland||Caca Milis Cabaret||Buy Tickets|