Maz O’Connor

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75 Minutes
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  • Described by The Observer as ‘a highly individual singer-songwriter’, Maz O’Connor is a truly unique artist.

    Known for her haunting, emotive vocals and her poetic lyricism, her songs are most often short stories inspired by her love of literature, folklore and mythology. Her Irish roots, she suspects, inform her love of darker tales—those of heartbreak, longing and loss.

    Winning a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in 2014, (once won by Adele) brought Maz to wider attention, and later that year she was nominated for a BBC Folk Award for her first album, ‘This Willowed Light’.

    Maz has since released 3 further albums, toured the U.K., Europe and Eastern Canada, played live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and appeared at major U.K. festivals, including Glastonbury. Her latest album, ‘What I Wanted’, was co-written and co-produced with composer Will Gardner and released in May 2022. It’s an ambitious song-cycle set in the city at night and explores themes of anxiety, capitalism, sexuality, spirituality, and the search for connection in an age of consumerism. ‘What I Wanted’ has been widely praised, and called ‘an excellent thing’ by Mark Radcliffe of BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2.

    Maz is currently developing her first piece of musical theatre, ‘The Wife of Michael Cleary’, inspired by the true and remarkable story of Bridget Cleary.


    “BBC Performing Arts Fellowship graduate Maz O’Connor is a real find, fusing influences from the past (Joni Mitchell) with those of the present (Bon Iver) to concoct a dazzling array of part electric, part-acoustically crafted folk that occasionally borders on the experimental.” – Drowned in Sound

    “Maz O’Connor’s ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice” – ****’ Q

    “Shadows and light…and a touch of Joni Mitchell” – ****’ The Guardian

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