*Nominated for the Horizon Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013*
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 touring and gathering new material, Maz 's new album will be released in July 2014 and is produced by multi-folk-award-winning Jim Moray.
'Melodic originals such as The Singing of the Ocean and Nightcap are among the standouts of a set that mixes youthful delight with gravitas, and Derby Day is O'Connor's touching tribute to suffragette martyr Emily Davison. Folk album of the year thus far. ****' (Review of 'This Willowed Light' in The Observer)
'Densely rich album of thoughtful, meticulously constructed songs. ****'(Review of 'This Willowed Light' in The Financial Times)
'Time and again through This Willowed Light, Maz O’Connor effortlessly demonstrates an astonishing ability to fuse traditional and contemporary folk to create a very fresh sound which respects both styles of music. This Willowed Light is well worth seeking out and deserves to be heard far and wide.' (Helen Gregory for Folk Radio)
'an album which really does make you sit up and take note. With Maz’s exquisite vocals, gliding gracefully and flawlessly along with gorgeous melodies and arrangements it really is a must-listen'(Bright Young Folk)
Maz uses an M1 shruti box: http://www.shrutibox.co.uk
Songlines give ‘This Willowed Light’ 4 stars in a review in their August issue. They said: ‘What is most significant about this album is not the excellent renderings of traditional songs and tunes, but the self-penned numbers…’Mississippi Woman’ and ‘Barcelona’ are two of the finest new folk songs on the scene. O’Connor has a telling [...]
I’m excited to share a new video for ‘Awake Awake’, the opening track from the upcoming ‘This Willowed Light’, animated by Marry Waterson. Folk Radio wrote an article about it, too, which you can read here And it was very lovely to have ‘London Lights’ played on the Folk Show on Radio 2 last night, [...]