Maria Forde is one of Australia's finest voices, not only for her rich, beautiful vocal tones, but for the inspired and passionate songs she writes, stories of life, love and the land.
Backed by a band featuring renowned guitarist Phil Manning, her fifth album "Next" has Maria taking a strong new direction.
With elements of country rock alongside some outstanding ballads that carry her inherent celtic influences, this album finds Maria Forde at her best.
Maria performs as a soloist, duo - guitar & violin or a trio.
A regular favourite at venues and festivals, as well as numerous TV and radio appearances, Maria has also supported international artists
- The Fureys
- Foster & Allen
- Kieran Goss
- Christy Moore and Daniel O'Donnell.
- The Fureys recorded one of Maria's songs - 'Waltzing Matilda, My Darling'
- Ireland's Derek McCormack and Barleycorn recorded 'Will You Dance with Me').
- In 2001, Maria performed the Irish National Anthem to the stadium and an international television audience at the Australia versus Ireland 'International Rules' at Adelaide's Football Park.
Disc of the Week - Maria Forde
Presenter: Tim Cox, Tasmania ABC RADIO
Each week, Coxy features the best new music on CD. This week it's Maria Forde with the album "Next". This is what Tim had to say about this album: Fans of well-crafted, beautifully-sung songs will adore Maria Forde's "Next".
It's a little bit country, a little bit Celtic and, hell, a little bit rock and roll but it's an entirely gorgeous trip through the Australian landscape, with travelling companions like (Tasmania's own) Phil Manning providing able assistance.
In 1994 Maria's debut album "Will You Dance With Me?", immediately attained high rotation on Melbourne radio.
The title track, featured in the Channel 9 show 'Weddings', has become enormously popular as a wedding song all over Australia.
A decade later this album's popularity has endured. With four more recordings to her name, Maria has firmly established herself as a dynamic artist with longevity and substance.
Maria has been awarded nationally and internationally for her songwriting. Her strength lies in her ability to write timeless material that connects with people's lives.
- Songwriting Awards:
- "Faces In The Photograph"
Dun Laoghaire, Song Contest,1995-Best New Song (Ireland)
- Glinsk, Song Contest, 1995 - Runner Up. (Ireland)
- Keadue, Irish Songwriters Award, 1995-Best Song (Ireland)
- Tamworth, Songwriters Contest, 1995 (Australia)
"May God Bless You"
Australian Songwriters Association,1995 (Australia)
"Follow The Call"
Australian Songwriters Association,1996 (Australia)