'Maz O'Connor's ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice ****' (Q Magazine)
For 'The Longing Kind'
'Shadows, light and a touch of Joni Mitchell...Classy ****' (The Guardian)
'Painterly brushstrokes on a sophisticated canvas...There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here. She plays and sings beautifully *****' (Songlines)
'A milestone record, both in terms of encapsulating Maz O’Connor’s recent personal journey and offering tantalising views of potential new directions on her musical road ahead.' (Folk Radio)
'An enormously accessibly album whose depths become more apparent with each listen' (Bright Youhg Folk)
For 'This Willowed Light'
'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. ****' (The Observer)
'Densely rich album of thoughtful, meticulously constructed songs. ****'(The Financial Times)
'What did stand out were new names to Womad – including a superb Maz O'Connor, playing strong traditional British and self-penned songs' (The Independent)
'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
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be supporting Keston Cobblers Club on 9 dates of their Autumn tour. They’re one of my favourite bands so I’m excited to get out on the road with them. All the dates are here. See you somewhere? Maz x
It was great to go into BBC Radio 2 last week and record a session for the Folk Show all about Sweet Liberties. Was lovely to chat with Martyn Joseph about the project and play our songs. Here we are with Mark Radcliffe in the studio. You can listen again here Maz x