Maria Kelly

County Dublin

Maria Kelly, recently named one of ’50 people to watch in 2017’ in The Irish Times, has been captivating audiences with her ‘bare-boned’ live performance since the age of fourteen. Her music, a subtle blend of atmospheric-folk, tells humanising and heart-breaking tales, with ‘pin-drop’ vocal precision that’s impossible to ignore.

Her debut EP The Things I Should is out now via Veta Records. The Things I Should is a stunning collection of emotionally gripping tracks performed with purity and grace. The EP is based around Maria’s struggle with self-expression and how, by always trying to please others, you can lose a part of yourself in the process. Maria explains, “these four songs are written about four different personal experiences, where a lack of honest expression at the outset had created a much bigger problem in the long run”. Opening track Torn Into Two immediately displays Maria’s signature fragile vocal tone as well as her incredibly earnest songwriting abilities akin to the likes of Lucy Rose and Billie Marten. Each track on the EP builds intricately alongside Kelly’s soaring vocal, with a captivating string arrangement throughout adding the final touch.

Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a stunning combination of delicate indie-folk. She has been writing music since the age of 10 and is currently studying at BIMM Dublin where she met her backing band. Maria also regularly works with Matt Harris (HAWK) who produced this EP as well as her critically acclaimed singles Before It Has Begun, Black & Blue and Stitches. Maria has already played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Orla Gartland. 2017 sees Maria back on the road again co-headlining alongside Ailbhe Reddy as well playing The Great Escape Festival on 18th May 2017.

Maria has previously received praise from various online publications including Consequence of Sound, The 405 and The Line of Best Fit to name a few, as well as Radio X. She was also featured in The Irish Times’ ‘Top 50 Songs of 2016’ and ‘Top 50 People To Watch in 2017’. With The Things I Should, Maria hopes to continue to rise as she introduces listeners to her most sincere release yet.

Maria is currently on a UK & Ireland tour, including a stop at The Great Escape Festival. She plays the Hope & Ruin, Thursday 18th at 13.45.

"From every angle Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it."
- Wonderland

" rubs of gentle sound and melancholic observations sung in a voice that is a silky, splendid thing."
- Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

"silky smooth vocals that spin widely relatable tales."
- Consequence Of Sound

Named 'New Artist of The Week' by Nialler9 in The Irish Times.

"Her performance is heartbreakingly unassuming, yet holds everyone spellbound with a voice that could knock you sideways and songwriting chops that bring to mind artists like Julia Stone and Lisa Hannigan. One to watch for sure..."
- Hot Press Magazine

"A brilliant blend of subtle production and bare-boned performance, Maria Kelly has quickly established herself as a songwriter who deserves closer attention."
- The Last Mixed Tape

"There’s a real talent here and an ability to spin a great tale interwoven with the kind of melody that seems to trip off the tongue.."
- Folk and Tumble

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