Maz O'Connor is a gifted singer of traditional and self-penned songs. She accompanies her uniquely pure voice with guitar, shruti box, piano and harmonium.
Described by Froots magazine as 'an enchanting debut album', her 'Upon a Stranger Shore' was released in the summer of 2012, just after Maz left university.
2013 brought a creative fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and a summer spent as the singer for the RSC's production of 'As You Like It' with music written by Laura Marling.
After a busy year of gigging and gathering new material, Maz 's new album will be released in the Spring of 2014 and will be produced by multi-folk-award- winning Jim Moray.
‘a vocal performance that stops you dead in your tracks’ (Neil King for Fatea)
‘Maz has given us an enchanting debut album, whose occasionally diffident demeanour, while promising much for the future, in itself proves very attractive.’ (David Kidman for Froots)
‘a very impressive debut’ (Pete Fyfe for Maverick)
‘The atmospheric closing track is Caw the Yowes (Robert Burns/traditional). Maz really pulled out all the stops for this moody one with thoughtful harmonies floating atop shruti box drones. Delightful.’ (Rebecca Sian Robson for Taplas)
'O'Connor's purity of tone and disarming stage presence gained her more than a few new fans.' (Arts Desk review)
Maz uses an M1 shruti box: http://www.shrutibox.co.uk
I’ve been working on a new album with producer Jim Moray and one of the tracks, ‘Derby Day’, is now out in the world- have a listen here: And the track was featured as Folk Radio’s Song of the Day on Friday, which was lovely. The album will be called ‘This Willowed [...]
The Maz O’Connor Trio (with Matthew Jones on guitar and Laura Carrivick on fiddle and vocals) will be going on the road in January and February as one half of a double header tour with Jamie Smith’s Mabon. We’re going all over the country, from Cambridge to Colchester, Barnstaple to Banbury, Newcastle to New [...]
A quick update on new songs… Earlier in the summer I started recording a new album with Jim Moray producing. The album is going to be a mixture of adaptations of traditional material and original songs and will feature lots of exciting guest musicians. I can’t wait for it to be finished and out [...]