First catching our eye thanks to a list of influences – Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Nina Simone, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, her native Connemara landscape – that marked her out from the crowd, Maria Somerville more than met our expectations when we saw her live last Autumn. Those disparate names make total sense, her music combining subtle beats with a hushed soul voice and giant red guitar. Breathtaking.
Maria photographed by Jason McCarthy
Maria Somerville plays the State Faces of 2014 launch gig at the Mercantile on Jan 18th.