Penned about the annual visit home for many Irish people living abroad, Maria manages to successfully set the scene to the nostalgic reconnection we make with old friends at this time of year. ‘For me, I spent 12 years living in London and returning home every Christmas so I wanted to capture that feeling of familiarity and the romance of Ireland at Christmas time, like travelling back in time almost. That nostalgia the diaspora of Irish all know too well ‘
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.
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.