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Maria Byrne & The Broken String ‘Little Basement’

“Incredibly catchy, absolutely gorgeous” Janice Long – BBC Radio 2

“Brilliant…get’s better each time you hear it” John Kennedy, XFM.

“Quite Beautiful” Jo Whiley – BBC Radio 2

“Gorgeous Album” Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1

Maria Byrne is an Irish singer-songwriter, originally from Cobh who now divides her time between there and London. Maria first came to people’s attention last year when she recorded live sessions with both John Kennedy at XFM and Janice Long at BBC Radio 2. Radio play from Alison Curtis (Today FM, Ireland) Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 2) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) followed.

Maria Byrne and The Broken String release their single ‘Home’ on October 10th followed by their debut Album – Little Basement on Oct 24th 2011. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in various locations in the UK & Ireland (including a little basement) utilising the talents of Sam Beer (Treetop Flyers) and Karl Odlum (Gemma Hayes, Fionn Regan, The Frames).

Little Basement is a Folk influenced collection of intimate yet infectious songs, showcasing Maria’s beautiful voice along with some rousing harmonies and a touch of country fiddle. The album moves from whispering heartfelt ballads like ‘Winter’ to energetic catchy foot-tappers like ‘All You Need’ and ‘Home’ revealing a vocal talent that not only pleases the ear but also charms the heart.

Maria will celebrate the release of the album on 27th Oct upstairs in whelans, and support on the night will be provided by fellow Cobhite, the wonderful comedian Maeve Higgins! Maeve will be doing a short set to open the show and promises not to try and sing.

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