Maz O'Connor is a singer of traditional and original folk songs. She first started singing at Folkworks summer schools as a teenager and then as guest singer with Last Orders, winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. After several summers of festivals with Last Orders and three years out to study for an English degree, Maz released her debut album, 'Upon a Stranger Shore', on Demon Barber Sounds in July 2012. The album was described as 'an enchanting debut' by Froots magazine and led to a tour supporting the sell-out show 'The Lock In' in Spring 2013. In 2013 Maz and the English Folk Dance and Song Society were awarded one years funding by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and Maz spent the year working with the EFDSS as a creative fellow. She was one of 19 U.K. based artists supported by the scheme for 2013. Also in 2013 she performed with the RSC as the singer for the Stratford-Upon-Avon production of 'As You Like It' with music written by Laura Marling.