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
Here’s another preview of the upcoming album ‘This Willowed Light’ which will be available in June. The song’s called ‘The Mississippi Woman’ and is produced by Jim Moray. Hope you like it. Those lovely people at Folk Radio wrote a piece about it, which you can read here I’m almost at [...]
So I finished my new album ‘This Willowed Light’ at the end of 2013, and now I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to ask for friends and fans to help me get it manufactured and out into the world. The way Kickstarter works is that people pledge some money towards the project (as little as [...]
My BBC Performing Arts Fund fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society came to an end last week, and to celebrate I got all the brilliant musicians I’ve been collaborating with over the past year to come play a gig at Cecil Sharp House. I was joined by Rowan Rheingans, Elly Lucas, [...]