Maija Sofia’s secluded rural upbringing in the west of Ireland instilled an early devotion to music. Retreating into her inner world, songwriting became an essential outlet to untangle and make sense of the other worlds around her. Simultaneously a form of escapement and embodiment, her work conjures companionship as her enveloping arrangements are often inhabited by the ghosts of figures and stories across history.

Released in 2019, Maija Sofia’s debut album Bath Time announced her as an accomplished songwriter. One whose unwavering eloquence and conviction, musically and lyrically, sets her apart from her peers. This striking introduction garnered widespread critical acclaim and a coveted Album of the Year nomination at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize. A recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s prestigious Next Generation Award, Maija has since been commissioned to write new compositions by several revered cultural institutions, including the National Concert Hall, Sirius Arts Centre and Cork Midsummer Festival. She has also featured on Other Voices’ Courage Series. Now performing with a full band, Maija’s sound is continuously evolving and expanding in its breadth.

You can find Maija on
Dublin Digital Radio
Interview in the Irish Independent

management: marjie@islandermusic.net

Praise for Bath Time:

“There is a timeless quality to Sofia’s songwriting style that becomes more crucial with each listen.” 5 stars - The Irish Times

“The music of Maija Sofia is steeped in melancholia and history, drawing on the folk idiom and punk’s DIY ethic.” - Irish Examiner

“Luminous, twisted brilliance ....Evokes an intimate world that hangs on the tendrils of a voice that yearns to speak” - Gold Flake Paint

“A beautiful opus of atmospheric folk” 9/10 - The Line of Best Fit

“Compelling, emotive, breathtaking folk magic” - Earmilk

"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.."
- Andrea Cleary, The Irish Times