20 Feb 2020 (20:00) at Róisín Dubh
€12.50 (€10 members)
Maija Sofia is a songwriter from rural Co. Galway. Nominated for the RTE Choice Prize Irish Album of the year for her debut album ‘Bath Time’, she weaves styles of folk, post-punk and the more experimental across her fierce and fragile songs. Sofia wrote the album in the landscape of a changing Ireland and the result is a unique and striking collection of songs that draw on themes of art, literature and folklore to traverse the complexity of the Irish female experience. Released to unanimous praise at home and abroad, it was described in the Sunday Times as "quietly breathtaking [...] the arrival of a unique new voice." Sofia has graced festival stages across the country from Electric Picnic to Other Voices to the Galway Arts Festival and has opened for acts as diverse as Julien Baker, Joan as Policewoman, Mick Flannery, Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Adrian Crowley.
" There is a timeless quality to Sofia’s songwriting style that becomes more crucial with each listen." 5/5 Louise Bruton, The Irish Times
"awe-inspiring depth [...] a triumph" 10/10 The Last Mixed Tape
"a natural storyteller [...] people will be listening to Maija Sofia’s work for many, many years to come."
Zara Hedderman, Totally Dublin
"Brutally beautiful. The messages of Bath Time are vitally important. " 9/10
Craig Howieson, The Line of Best Fit
"A real timeless quality is rare in so much of modern music, but the delicate timbre of Maija Sofia's music is impossible to ascribe to particular moment. She doesn't occupy an easily identifiable space - there are few genres which could accurately pinpoint her sound - and the ease with which she weaves grand tales of mythos into short and delicate folk tunes suggests a true finesse. Her subject matter is seldom trivial - abuse, mythological stories, feminism and loss are considered with a confident serenity. The pinnacle of her work so far came at the beginning of the year in the form of the dreamy Phil Spector-esque 'Flower', easily one of the best new releases of 2018 either at home or abroad. Now embracing a fuller sound, Sofia's work has strengthened with time and experimentation while never losing the ethereal quality which makes it so effective. Fans of Sofia wait with bated breath for the release of her first full-length LP in 2019."
- Andrea Cleary, The Irish Times '50 People to Watch in 2019'