Originally from Cumbria and now based in London, Maz O’Connor has been described by The Observer as ‘a highly individual singer-songwriter’ with ‘hints of Joni Mitchell’. Known for her haunting, emotive vocals and poetic lyricism, her songs are most often short stories inspired by her love of literature, folklore and mythology. Winning a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in 2014 (once won by Adele) kickstarted O’Connor’s music career, and later that year she was nominated for a BBC Folk Award for her first album, ‘This Willowed Light’. Maz has since released 3 further albums, toured extensively, played live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and appeared at major U.K. festivals, including Glastonbury and WOMAD. In 2021, she won the Drake YolanDa Award, supported by YolanDa Brown.