From Dublin , Meet – Maria Kelly


I enjoy folk when I hear a voice that compels me to tune in and listen. Maria Kelly has a voice that will leave you wanting more, simply beautiful. Like a wave rushing in on a warm and windy summer day bringing presents to the shore for all the tourists…

Meet – Maria Kelly

for those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history

I started playing music when I was quite young and began songwriting at the age of 10. I grew up in Mayo, a county in the West of Ireland, so my local music scene was very small – mainly just pub gigs, competitions and some random events, so it was quite restricted in that sense. I was involved in quite a few bands in my teenage years before I made the move to Dublin to start studying music full-time at BIMM. Since then, I’ve been gigging more and more around the city, working with different people and getting a live band together. I’ve also been back and forth between here and the London music scene as my label is based there, which is such a cool thing to be able to do!

who would you list as your musical influence?

Regina Spektor, Kina Grannis and Lucy Rose. There are more, but it always comes back to these 3 artists for me! Their approach to lyric writing just really resonates with me.

whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?

I would have to say getting the chance to play at Other Voices 2015 – the line up was amazing and it was held in Dingle, which is basically the cutest corner of the Earth! So to be apart of that was such a brilliant experience!

what are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years.

I’ve just got a live band together so I can’t wait to get out into the live scene again – I’d love to do some tours, both in and outside of Ireland (maybe America, that would be unbelievable!) Apart from that, I hope to just keep writing and writing & to expand my sound.

what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Lucy Rose – Red Face is one of my all time favourite albums. I recently came across Alice Phoebe Lou and her album Orbit is quickly making it’s way up the list too!

Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

I definitely see a use, it’s one of the most effective ways to keep in contact with your fans and to get feedback on what you’re doing. I do understand how it could be a pain in the ass though – constantly hoping for shares and likes can be quite stressful! But I think as long as you’re sharing content that you enjoy and are proud of, people will connect with that.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.

Definitely! I love reading what other people have to say, especially comments from the public. I’ve been very lucky that the majority of feedback has been positive and supportive. It’s a great feeling to put something that you’ve created out into the world and see a reaction. It gives you hope that you’re not just throwing songs into a black hole!

If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.

America! Just because I’ve never been and it would be so cool to be able to travel there because of music.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.

Definitely not just a backbeat! I think it’s one of the only things that every person in one way or another can relate and connect to. For me anyway, writing songs and listening to music in general is incredibly therapeutic, it definitely plays a significant role in my life.

Any last thoughts for your fans?

I guess just to say – hello! and thank you so much for listening to what I’ve made so far, you’ve all been incredibly kind! (also, psst, listen to Alice Phoebe Lou, she’s amazing)

Maria Kelly


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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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