Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a delicate blend of atmospheric-alt-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.
In 2016, Maria released ‘Stitches’ (Veta Records), 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 an impressive 180,000 streams on Spotify.
Maria was named one of ’50 People to Watch in 2017’ 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) has received praise from various online publications including Wonderland, Mahogany and The Line of Best Fit.
Maria has played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, KT Tunstall, Billie Marten and Paul Noonan, as well as playing at last year’s Great Escape Festival, Electric Picnic, Ireland’s acclaimed Other Voices Festival and most recently the Imagining Ireland shows in the National Concert Hall and the Barbican.
This year, Maria tackles mental health head on with the release of her AA-side single Dark Places / Small Talk. Both singles are drawn from Maria’s own experiences of social anxiety and depression, as well as multiple conversations with others who had similar stories to tell.
Dark Places / Small Talk is out on 27th April 2018 via Veta Records.
"From every angle Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it."
“...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
"..rich rubs of gentle sound and melancholic observations sung in a voice that is a silky, splendid thing."
- The Irish Times
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