Somerville creates experimental music influenced by the rugged and barren landscapes of her native Connemara on Ireland’s west coast. From the small Gaeltacht village of Corr na Móna, Maria Somerville’s music contains folk roots and electronic textures.
Fusing disparate influences from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Jon Hopkins with a distinctly Irish voice. Influences are also from old civil rights anthems, soul and R&B. Her study of jazz guitar influenced her writing further as these traditions began to synthesize into her current and evolving musical output.
One of the State’s faces of 2014, she played a beautiful set at Drop Everything this May and her name has been carried on the western wind ever since.