Maria Mc Cormack ( born 19th May 1982) is an Irish singer/songwriter from Donegal.
Maria was born and raised in a village outside of Letterkenny called Churchill. The baby of seven children in a house that was filled with musical instruments and an ancestry of musicians. From the tender age of 14 months, Maria’s mother tells of how even before Maria could walk she played on the floor with an old beat up guitar that had only two strings. Maria went on to do music in secondry school and at 16 years started to travel to the folk festivals in west Scotland where she really fell in love with music.
It was only after sickness that Maria was left unable to work that she realised that she was blessed with a gift of singing and songwriting and could make a life for herself and her son Ultan through music. Maria had been writing songs from 16 but never really let anyone outside her family here them. Until through a friend was asked to write a song for Donegal and their role in the Wild Atlantic Way. The song went on to be featured on a Donegal’s tourism companies promotional video and later picked by TG4 where Maria performed it on The Roisin Show. Since then Maria has written songs for Letterkenny’s Cathedral quarter and a transplant survivor as a gift to his donor which are among her now catelogue of over 20 original songs. In 2014 Maria supported Donegals Henry Girls in Monroes Live Music Venue in Galway . Maria also was one of the winners of DNK Sound And Productions original song contest through the Regional Cultural Arts centre in Letterkenny. Maria is now working with a small animation company in Egypt as a singer/songwriter and a 1916 rising commemoration committee on a song to celebrate the anniversary of The Rising.