Maria has been making music for a lifetime and writing songs for over a decade
The Glasgow-based songwriter’s style draws from jazz, folk and classical music and from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and Nick Drake. Her lyrics are inspired by a love of poetry and her offbeat and quirky outlook on things.
As a child she spent her summer holidays at her grandmother’s house in a little fishing village on the coast of Galicia, where she absorbed both the Spanish and the Galician ways of life. In her late teens she moved from her hometown of Southport to study in Glasgow, which has been her home ever since. Her awareness has been shaped by the cultures of the places she has lived and the languages she has learned to speak and understand. These elements reveal themselves in her songs.
In 2021 she took part in the Bird On A Wire songwriting workshops run by Findlay Napier and Boo Hewerdine. Since then, she and her fellow participants have continued to meet regularly to collaborate and share their work. With a number of recording projects completed or underway, they are establishing themselves as a notable collective of emerging musicians – the Drunks In A Midnight Choir.
Her debut album, Closure, was recorded in 2022 with Angus Lyon and Boo Hewerdine and brings in a number of leading instrumentalists including Gustaf Ljunggren, Louis Abbott and Seonaid Aitken. It is due to be released on CD and streaming platforms in 2023.