maria karteris

about maria...

Maria is a versatile singer and guitarist who performs acoustic ballads as well as her own songs in a unique storytelling style, with mellow vocals reminding of Joan Baez's smooth timbre and Norah Jones' calming tone.

Drawing from folk, pop and rock, Maria's original songs often reflect social ideas as well as her feelings about youth and relationships.

Since 2017, when Maria won her school's annual singing competition, she has performed at various open mics and events in the music scene of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In 2019 Maria had her first gig abroad in Rhodes, Greece (performance list below).

Maria is currently studying A level music and recently completed her ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory. She is also working towards her London College of Music Grade 8 popular vocals exam.


Maria is largely inspired by artists and bands of the Golden Oldies, such as Carole King and Fleetwood Mac. In addition, Joni Mitchell's intricate and clever song writing has been hugely significant to Maria developing her own style.

Maria's song writing has been influenced by Laura Marling's poetic approach, as well as the use of open tunings.

She has recently began to study guitarists such as Martin Carthy, Nick Drake and John Martyn.



The Harcourt Arms, Oxford- February

Music in the Park, Thame- May

Beacon Festival- June


The Thame Players Theatre- 25th January

The First Thursday Music Club- 4th April

Music in the Park, Thame- 5th May

Beacon Festival- 22nd June

Summer Fest, Waddesdon Manor- 6th July

Thame Town Music Festival- 13th July

Music in the Garden, Towersey- 27th July

Rhodes Old Town, Greece- 18th August

Chilli Fest, Waddesdon Manor- 31st August, 1st September

The Harcourt Arms, Oxford- 29th September

The First Thursday Music Club- 7th November

Thame Institute of Music Christmas Concert- 18th December


The First Thursday Music Club- February

Music in the Park, Thame- May

Beacon Festival- June

The First Thursday Music Club- October


Friday at the Fish open mic- January,February

The Birdcage- February

Music in the Park, Thame- May

Charity Music Event, The Three Horseshoes (Towersey)- May

The Birdcage- October

Switching on the Christmas lights (Thame)- December