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Maria Kelly


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    Dark Places
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    Small Talk
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    Torn Into Two
Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a delicate blend of atmospheric-alt-folk.
First taking influence from the story-telling elements of Irish-trad, as well as artists like Regina Spektor and Lisa Hannigan, her music aims to share deeply personal, humanising and heartbreaking experiences.
In 2016, Maria released ‘Stitches’, praised by the 405 and quickly named one of ‘The 50 Best Tracks of 2016’ in The Irish Times.
The following year, Maria was named one of ’50 People to Watch’ in the same publication, followed by the release of her debut EP, ‘The Things I Should’. The four track EP, produced by Matt Harris (Veta Records, HAWK) has received praise from various online publications including Wonderland, Mahogany and The Line of Best Fit.
Maria has played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, KT Tunstall and Paul Noonan, as well as playing at last year’s Great Escape Festival, Electric Picnic, Ireland’s acclaimed Other Voices Festival and most recently the Imagining Ireland shows in the National Concert Hall and the Barbican.
This year, Maria tackles mental health head on with the release of her AA-side single Dark Places / Small Talk. Both singles are drawn from Maria’s own experiences of social anxiety and depression, as well as multiple conversations with others who had similar stories to tell.
Dark Places / Small Talk is out on 27th April 2018 via Veta Records.


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