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 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
A few weeks ago the Maz O’Connor Trio stopped off at the famous musical shed of Somerset to play some songs from my upcoming album ‘This Willowed Light’ live and, um, in a shed. We had a great time and it was a privilege joining the ranks of all the amazing musicians and singers who’ve [...]
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 [...]