Maria's Band

Jon Barber

Matthew Delaney

Pete Morton

Gary Mulcahy

Hywel Roberts

Production - Nigel Pease

From a very early age Maria has been writing songs. The earliest she has on tape is a little song she wrote to sing in Sunday school at the age of six. She was sent for electronic organ lessons at the age of eleven and remembers spending most of the time staring at the piano that was kept in the corner of the room and wanting to play the songs she had been writing during the week instead of practicing.

She continued to be a prolific writer throughout her teens and decided that she ought to teach herself to play the guitar after listening to the likes of Tracy Chapman and Tanita Tikaram. This brought on a whole new style of songwriting, simpler in many ways.

At the age of eleven Maria joined a band with her cousins and played gigs in local churches. Some of the photographs are truly embarrassing.

She pursued a musical education at Barnsley College and then went on to do a degree in jazz, contemporary and popular music at The Leeds College of Music. Maria chose voice to be her principle instrument and sang with many bands at the college including The Duke Ellington Orchestra who headlined at a jazz festival in Limerick in 1995.

It was in this year that she formed 'Kiss PrudAnce' a band dedicated to playing Maria's songs. They disbanded in 1997 and she formed a cover band called 'The Love Cats' in 1998 and gigged in most cities in the UK. It was at one of these gigs that she met an ex- tutor from Barnsley College called Nigel Pease - a sound engineer who was rather impressed with what he saw. He expressed an interest in doing some recording but it was some time later when they actually got together.

Maria qualified as a secondary school music teacher in 1998 and now teaches at The Kingstone School in Barnsley. The Love Cats stopped gigging in 2000 and just did the occasional wedding or party while Maria had a rest. This gave her time to catch up on what she loved - music. Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow and James Taylor. An inspirational hall of fame.

Maria contacted Nigel in December 2000 and they set to work on a solo album in January 2001. A demo was quickly recorded and the album was born.

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