"Maria Gillard comes in peace. The songs she carefully writes reach across boundaries and realms, holding the light up to dark truths and finding beauty in the stories we tell. How Gillard manger to capture life's pain and sorrow, yet stay so delightfully high-spirited is something to behold."
-Katie Preston, Rochester CITY NEWS
“Maria Gillard has graced our stage on many occasions, never failing to please audiences with her combination of fine-tailored original songs, impeccable musicianship, and relaxed, welcoming stage presence. In recent years. She has put together a crackerjack trio, featuring Mandolin God Perry Cleaveland on mando, fiddle and harmony vocals, and Doug Henrie, heir to family musical tradition, on bass fiddle.”
-Allen Hopkins, Tunes by the Tracks, Clifton Springs, NY
"Maria is tuned to introspective vibes. If a group of women, say a bridal party getting together before a wedding, relaxed in a Finger Lakes location and played Gillard’s music for hours, they’d find that she hits every note on love, separation, loss of parents, struggling to be the woman they want to be, family relationships, parenting, personal tragedy, hope and fulfillment. There is such gentle urge and understanding in her voice, such joy and empathy in the lyrics, it’s not hard for someone to think, ‘This is my sister singing about something we both feel.’”
-John Addyman, "Folk Music with a Flair", 55 PLUS Magazine, Rochester, NY