Incredibly catchy, absolutely gorgeous" Janice Long – BBC Radio 2
"Beautiful emotive music with captivating melodies" Edith Bowman, BBC Radio 1
"Brilliant…get's better each time you hear it" John Kennedy, XFM
"Beautiful" Jo Whiley - BBC Radio 2
"Gorgeous Album" Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1
Irish singer-songwriter Maria Byrne grew up in Cobh and began listening to country, rock and folk music as a teenager- including Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch and John Prine. She moved from Cobh to London in 2008 and in 2010 she wrote and released her first EP ‘All you need’ followed in 2012 by her debut LP ‘Little Basement’. This collection of uniquely phrased lyrics and infectious country melodies was first noticed by Tom Robinson who played one of her songs on his BBC Introducing show. This led to further radio play including live sessions with Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and John Kennedy (XFM) as well as radio play from Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 2) Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank (BBC Radio 1) and Alison Curtis (Today FM, Ireland). Maria has played a variety of live shows including a sold out St Patricks Day hootenanny gig in The Roundhouse in Camden in 2012. She also won a battle of the bands competition to play a slot on the main stage at Honeyfest alongside Rae Morris, Dry The River and Damon Albarn. Her song 'All You Need' featured on the film 'The Hot Potato' (feat. Ray Winstone & Colm Meaney) in 2012.
With lots of new gigs in the pipeline including a slot at a pop up stage at Country 2 Country at the O2, Maria is poised to release her next EP 'Back To You' in March - featuring Benjamin Folke Thomas and recorded and produced by Karl Odlum (The Frames, Fionn Regan, Gemma Hayes)