Singer-songwriter Maz O’Connor has announced plans to release a brand new single ‘Skin’ on Friday, 30th September, and play a run of UK tour dates throughout November 2016.
It sounds as if O’Connor is set to stretch her wings beyond the folk world as well, she says “I’m 25 and living in one of the world’s most diverse cities. I listen to everything. Why would I put limitations on my music? It’s taken me a while to figure out what kind of artist I am and want to be, but now I’m finally making music which feels like me, and I can’t wait to share it.”
O’Connor is keen to stress that she is not moving away from her roots “Folk songs will always be in my bones,” she said, “but so is Bowie, so is Joni, so is Nina Simone. I’m a musician, and for too long I’ve limited myself to being a folk musician.”
Her press release cites the death of David Bowie as being the catalyst for her new direction “Bowie’s death reminded us that artists should have the courage to be authentically themselves. His subversion of the status quo was much bigger than music; it’s about offering an alternative to the establishment.”
O’Connor has been writing and working with producer Nosaappollo (Vanessa White, Olly Murs) to develop a sound which fully represents her eclectic musical influences and ambitions. A new band has been formed featuring John Parker of Nizlopi on bass and Tom Moore of Moore Moss Rutter/False lights on strings and drums.
An expansion of her creative horizons hardly comes as a surprise to anyone watching this talented singer and songwriters career to date. ‘Skin’ has everything that has made her so popular, yet also casts its net into fresh waters.
Dates for Maz O’Connor’s The New Moon Tour:
23rd Oct: Musicport Festival, Whitby
2nd Nov: Liverpool, Philharmonic
3rd Nov: Gullivers, Manchester
4th Nov: The Arc, Stockton
8th Nov: The Stables, Milton Keynes
9th Nov: Bush Hall, London
11th Nov: The Pound, Corsham