Maz O'Connor has been described by The Guardian as 'one of folk's brightest young talents' and has self-released 2 albums since 2014, gaining a reputation as a compelling singer and a loyal following the way.
Her new album is inspired by her discovery of the story of her two Irish grandmothers; one, a domestic servant working in England who found herself pregnant in the 1950s and gave her baby away to a Catholic mother and baby home; the other, a girl left in poverty after her father’s sudden death in 1920s Waterford.
'I became fascinated with these women; their stories, their suffering, and how much of them was in me. So I went back to Ireland, to my grandmother's sister's farm for the first time since I was a child, to visit my grandmother's grave, to reconnect with the place, and to hopefully write some songs, which I did, in the old farmhouse just a few miles from where my Gran grew up.
The songs tumbled out of me: the stories of these women, and how my own experiences might have been coloured by this inheritance.'
The result is a beautiful, moving collection of songs inspired by the untold stories of both of Maz’s Irish grandmothers, the inheritance of female endurance, and her own deeply-felt connection to Irish music.
'The perfect mix of youthfulness and gravitas ****'
'Maz O'Connor's ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice ****'
Festivals include: Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Kendal Calling, How The Light Gets In, Womad, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, London Folk & Roots Festival
Headline London shows include: Kings Place, Bush Hall, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, St Pancras Old Church.
Supports include: Thea Gilmore, David Gray, Eddie Reader, Roseanne Cash, John Smith and Thomas Dybdahl.
The Longing Kind (released 2016) Spotify streams: 139,000 Physical sales: 2000+
This Willowed Light (released 2014) Spotify streams: 122,000 Physical sales: 2,500+
Following a synch with Paramount/Amazon, Maz will be featured performing one of her own songs in a major TV series in 2019.