Maria Kelly

County Dublin

Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a combination of atmospheric-indie-folk. First taking influence from the story-telling elements of Irish-trad, as well as artists like Regina Spektor and Lisa Hannigan, her music aims to share deeply personal, humanising and heartbreaking experiences.

Maria arrived in 2015 with the delicate ‘Before It Has Begun’ (Veta Records) before playing the Other Voices Music Trail. ‘Stitches’ (Veta Records) followed, praised by the 405 and quickly named one of ‘The 50 Best Tracks of 2016’ in The Irish Times.

In 2017, Maria was named one of ’50 People to Watch’ in The Irish Times, which was followed by the release of her debut EP, ‘The Things I Should’. The four track EP, produced by Matt Harris (HAWK), is Maria’s most personal release to date, detailing her struggles with honest self-expression. ‘The Things I Should’ has received praise from various online publications including Wonderland, Mahogany and The Line of Best Fit.

Live, Maria has toured extensively across the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of KT Tunstall, James Vincent McMorrow and Marc Cohn. Most recently, she has finished up a co-headline Irish tour alongside Dublin musician Ailbhe Reddy, including a stop at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

This summer, Maria is quietly preparing for the next project.


"From every angle Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it."
- Wonderland

“...Kelly's delicate vocals are serene and fragile, paired with the honesty and earnest nature of her songwriting...”
- The Line Of Best Fit

"Honest fragility, poignant pen-work"
- The 405

" rubs of gentle sound and melancholic observations sung in a voice that is a silky, splendid thing."
- The Irish Times

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