Based in the West of Ireland, Maria has been making music and collaborating for nearly 20 years. In the late 1990’s she established Irish and American roots/hip-hop group Guava in Galway, Ireland with Californian Ryan Lacey (now drummer with US roots band Gaelic Storm). They held a local residency at famed Irish live music venue Roisin Dubb for two years and went on to release and tour nationally sharing stages with Damien Rice and Glen Hansard of the Frames, Kila, the Walls and Paddy Casey. They received national airplay and recorded for the RTE 2FM Dave Fanning Sessions.
Raised on a wide variety of musical genres ranging from old country and bluegrass, Irish airs and later electronic music, an interest in the history and culture of music formed which led her to complete a Masters Degree in Music and New Media Technologies at Trinity College, Dublin in 2006. This enabled her to embark on various production projects.
In 2011 she set up her own label KYO Records in order to specifically promote musical collaboration globally, and has worked with musicians from China, Russia, Australia, Finland, Germany, UK and the US. She has had several releases under her electronic moniker MS44 and has had an EP produced by critically acclaimed Berlin-based DJ Eomac in 2010.
Her love of songwriting and performing in the US though go hand in hand and has played acoustic shows across the States since 2002 including CBGB’s NY, an EP release at the Starry Plough, Berkeley, CA and most recently Austin, Texas at the 2015 Dripping Springs Sonwriters Festival.