The Sound Feed were delighted to welcome one of the foremost emerging solo talents in Ireland over the past 12 months to our studio. Following the release of her critically acclaimed debut EP, The Things I Should, and ahead of the second leg of her tour of the U.K. (which includes a support slot for renowned Edinburgh singer-songwriter KT Tunstall), Maria Kelly popped in for a chat about her new EP, her live tour so far this summer, and her previous music videos for singles ‘Stitches’ and ‘Black and Blue’.
Maria Kelly grew up in Mayo, Ireland and 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.
In 2015, Maria released ‘Before It Has Begun’ (Veta Records) which led her to be named ‘Artist of the Week’ by Nialler9 and featured on the Other Voices Music Trail. Following that, her song ‘Black & Blue’ premiered in Consequence of Sound last summer, who celebrated her ‘silky smooth vocals’ and the maturing richness of her sound. October 2016 saw the release of ‘Stitches’, praised by The 405 and named one of ‘The Best Tracks of 2016’ in The Irish Times. It has since been streamed more than 120,000 times on Spotify.
Live, Maria has toured extensively across the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Wyvern Lingo, and Orla Gartland. Most recently, she has finished up a co-headline Irish tour alongside Dublin musician Ailbhe Reddy, including a stop at this year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton.
Her debut EP The Things I Should was released on May 12th through Veta Records. The Things I Should is a collection of emotionally gripping tracks, 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”. ‘Far Below’, the first single from the EP, was praised by The Irish Times for its “emotion and poignancy”. The opening track, ‘Torn Into Two’ premiered on Wonderland, who called it an “immersive experience” with “a level of maturity way beyond her years”.
With The Things I Should Maria hopes to continue to rise as she introduces listeners to her most sincere release yet.
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