Maria Kelly is an alternative-folk artist based between Dublin & Berlin.
Raised in the West of Ireland, nestled somewhere along the Atlantic Way, Maria Kelly first picked up the guitar aged 10.
As an introspective teenager, she found difficulty in honest self-expression, but quickly found an outlet in her ability to put words to music. Taking influence from the likes of Regina Spektor, Daughter and Lisa Hannigan, a delicate alternative-folk sound was formed, layered with deeply personal, humanising experiences.
In 2015, Maria began working with Berlin-based producer Matt Harris (Veta Records, HAWK). ‘Stitches’ was released the following year, praised by the 405, and quickly named one of ‘The 50 Best Tracks of 2016’ in The Irish Times. The track went on to garner 200,000+ streams on Spotify.
A number of singles followed, accompanied by shows across Europe supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, KT Tunstall and Paul Noonan (Bell X1). Maria’s work continued to gain momentum, rallying support from Wonderland, Mahogany and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few.
This year launched Maria’s first vinyl release, ‘Dark Places/Small Talk’, a double A-side in which she opens up about her own mental health.
Maria is currently based in Berlin, creating new material and working on her live show.
H I G H L I G H T S
Winner of the IMRO Other Room Open Call, Other Voices 2017 - performance on RTÉ 2 in February 2018.
'Imagining Ireland' shows in the National Concert Hall, Dublin & the Barbican, London, alongside Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Lisa Hannigan, Saint Sister + more.
Support slots with KT Tunstall, James Vincent McMorrow, Paul Noonan, Marc Cohn, Billie Marten.
P R E S S
"From every angle Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it."
"...she is able to conjure a swell of overwhelming feeling with little more than just her voice and the resonant constant of an accompanying guitar."
- The Line Of Best Fit
"Honest fragility, poignant pen-work"
- The 405
"......silky smooth vocals that spin widely relatable tales."
- Consequence of Sound
"..rich rubs of gentle sound and melancholic observations sung in a voice that is a silky, splendid thing."
- The Irish Times
Full PR coverage: https://tinyurl.com/mariakellypr
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