Maria Gillard Electronic Press Kit

Maria Gillard is a talented singer, songwriter, and educator from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. She performs solo and with her four-piece swing/jazz band.

Her most recent CD, Mending, was released in January 2013.


Booking Information

(585) 747-7960 • Online contact

Mending: Original compositions that beautifully illustrate Maria’s gentle swing and lyrical charm. It isn’t easy putting a guitar between you and the mirror then turning the reflection around for the world to see … unless you’re Maria Gillard.

— Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY

Maria Gillard sings from the soul, with a clear-eyed vision that cuts straight to your heart. Every time Maria sings, I learn something more about me.

— Julia Figueras, WXXI

One of Rochester’s premier singer-songwriters and torch carrier, Maria Gillard’s easy-going style is a trap, drawing the listener into lyrics that stare straight into the sun.

— Jeff Spevak, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Listen to Mending

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 29
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Maria with Perry Cleaveland. We’ll be doing originals by both Perry and myself. Nice atmosphere and great way to spend a summer evening!
Geneva Public Library, 244 Main Street, Geneva, NY Info: 315-789-5303,, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Saturday, September 9
Maria with Low Lily and Amy Collins
”Sing Me A Story” workshop on Main Stage at Turtle Hill Festival. The three of us will be in a round-robin setting singing story songs. Looking forward to this! Come join us!! Check link for ALL festival info:
Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Sunshine Camp, 809 5 Points Rd, Rush NY, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday, September 23
Songwriters in the Round Anniversary Show
Maria Gillard, Jeff Riales and Brian Coughlin share original songs at the home of Brian Coughlin. Reservation a MUST and can be made by emailing Doors open at 7:15.
Home of Brian Coughlin, Rochester, NY, 8:00 - 11:00pm

Friday, November 10
Joni Mitchell Tribute Night
From the brainchild of Lauren Faggiano comes a rare night of local artists singing a tribute to Joni Mitchell. Pianist and singer Lauren and her band will host the show. Other artists include Maria, Connie Deming, Sara Rogers and Scott Regan. Doors open at 7PM !
Lovin’ Cup Bistro, Park Point Drive, Rochester NY, 8:00 - 11:00pm

Saturday, November 11
Be the Light, Be the Change Benefit Concert
Benefit Concert to raise money for Tribal Women’s Project in Tanzania, Africa. Maria Gillard kicks off the concert! Also performing are the bands Almost Irish, Midlife Crisis and the Textured Whinos. Come support this wonderful event in a beautiful theatre!!
Bristol Valley Theatre, 151 Main St, Naples, NY, 4:30 - 9:30pm

For more information, check Maria’s full calendar.