Releases Genesis Cover “Follow you Follow Me” (As heard on the Bank Of Ireland TV Advert)
“Absolutely beautiful version of a Genesis classic” – John Creedon, RTE Radio 1.
“Beautiful music”- Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1
“Brilliant… gets better each time you hear it”-John Kennedy, XFM
“Incredibly catchy, absolutely gorgeous music”- Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“Lovely songs… Greg James and I stand shoulder to shoulder in the Maria Byrne fan club”- Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Beautiful emotive music with captivating melodies” – Edith Bowman, BBC Radio
Cork born Singer Songwriter Maria Byrne returns with a Genesis Classic. Having up sticks and returned home to her native Cobh County Cork Maria Byrne has kicked off the latest phase in her career by having a baby and releasing a classic cover version of a classic Genesis song. (and it’s not ‘Mama’)
Maria has recorded ‘Follow you follow me’ recorded with friend and music producer Richard Coulson in his home studio in London, never expecting anyone to hear it. Now the song has been used by the Bank Of Ireland ad, the charm and buzz from ‘Follow You Follow Me’ is everywhere.
‘I wanted to record a cover of this song that was far from the original but tells the story of the song and expose the vulnerability and charm of it. I love the song, it has beautiful melodies and a heartbreaking sensitive lyric. I love how a hugely popular song can have a new story when told from a different perspective which is what I hoped when I recorded this cover.” The song has picked up some great reviews and airplay from some of the top radio talent in Ireland and the UK.
Maria began her musical journey when she moved to London in 2006. In 2009, she released her debut EP ‘All You Need’. This was followed in 2012 with LP ‘Little Basement’ and a mini album ‘Back To You’ in 2014. She recorded all her music in Dublin with renowned Irish producer Karl Odlum (Mic Christopher, Fionn Regan, David Kitt).
Maria’s songs have since made their way to national UK radio coverage thanks to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank on BBC Radio 1 and in Ireland Alison Curtis on Today FM and John Creedon on RTE Radio 1.
Maria cites inspiration from Irish musical heroes such as Bell X1, Mark Geary and Gemma Hayes as well as Americana/Folk heroes Gillian Welch and John Prine.