Reviews, Interviews & Radio//
" This track from Brighton duo Scott & Maria drops bombs of truth and peace, wrapped up in a crystalline folk-rock indie melody. The song has a warm feel, like the best vibes of the sixties wrapped up in energetic 90s indie-pop. Their forthcoming EP ‘Never Lost’ follows on the heels of the duo’s first album released in early 2017. Since then they’ve been busy gigging across the south of England, including at a variety of festivals. They say they have enough new material to record a full album, so expect more from this duo soon. " - (JS), Brighton Source
"These guys stopped me in my tracks... It connected me with somebody else... an artist that we both love and like beyond the realms of the world... Wow that's a huge thumbs up!" - Kirk Owers (The Warp Factor Show - Channel Radio One - Kent )
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"Joyful songs, beautiful music, flawless harmonies... Scott and Maria greet you warmly and draw you in to their world like old friends, with love and a childlike fascination with life.... all bound together with a mischievous sense of fun!" - DJ Keiran Cooke
Crossing The Track radio show Mondays 8-10pm on
Geoffrey Dorsett & Adrian Collis hosts of The Soft Rock Show interview with Deborah Bonham, Scott & Maria, John & Sonya from 'The Chapel Sessions' and The Zoots on The Soft Rock Show , 93.7 Express FM:
We were honoured to return to The Pete Jones Show on Radio Reverb. Pete was the first radio dj to play songs from our first album Bright Star (2016). Loved by the Brighton music scene, it's a great honour to get to play on Pete's show for any up and coming artist. Thank you Pete for all your support.
"I feel like I've been on a wonderful & blessed journey with Scott & Maria, from their first album 'Bright Star' right to where we are today. No warmer ray of sunshine could ever enter the studio when they walk in & so much joy and love pours from every track they sing live. Great to hear Scott's vocals too playing more of a role - both exude talent, confidence and joy - rare gifts in this industry - oh and their songs are to die for too, naturally. Can not wait to see them getting the recognition they so deserve." - Pete Jones
"Such an incredibly dynamic and talented duo, the live studio sound that was produced by both Scott and Maria was super organic, professional and high energy!! They were so great to chat with and great at going with the flow. Look out for these awesome peeps and Burgess Hill Radio will always have our door open for plenty more future sessions !" - Maxine Bull - The Indie Show - BH Radio103.8FM
Listen to the live show/interview with Scott & Miara on Maxine's Indie Show here:
Review of Scott & Maria and the Never Lost EP
3.8 out of 5
By Jamie Funk
" The Brighton based duo Scott & Maria have been playing music together since around 2012. In 2017 they released Bright Star and more recently they released a five-song EP entitled Never Lost.
The duo make acoustic based music but often contains a lot of energy. There are some unique melodies and arrangements throughout the EP but the main attraction for me was the vocals which often soar.
They open with “Never Give Up” which begins with a slick acoustic guitar and bass. The vocal harmonies begin right away but throughout the whole song they change it up. I felt like they were both singing lead here. As the song builds layers of instrumentation create a powerful but lush arrangement. The song finally hits a crescendo and the last thirty seconds are haunting a cappella vocal harmonies.
Up next is “Love Bombs” which again starts with slick guitar picking pattern that brings a good amount of energy to the song. The percussive aspects create the momentum as they sing together “Let's drop a bomb.” It’s anthemic and the lyrics could be misinterpreted to be about politics and war but the song is called “Love Bombs.”
“Our Time” is a joyous, hopeful and single worthy song. It’s certainly bright and could get you motivated. The guitar here is strummed which adds to the urgency. The vocal harmonies between Scott and Maria are consistent more or less the whole time.
“Star Child” had more of a ’70s classical rock vibe than the other songs. Maria sings lead and the mood here contains some David Bowie as well as Led Zeppelin influence. They close with the most intimate song on the EP entitled “This Land.” This song is a slow burn and begins with guitar and vocals. There are some percussive elements that come in and add just the right amount of energy.
The duo not only sound great singing together but I thought the songs were well written and diverse. There is a lot to appreciate here. Have a listen."
"Brighton-based duo Scot & Maria's acoustic folk-rock is given another outing on latest five-track EP Never Lost. From the driving 'Love Bombs' to the celebratory 'This Land' via the Bowie-esque 'Star Child', it showcases both their excellent songwriting and their trademark vocal harmonies to great effect."
- RnR Magazine - www.rock-n-reel.co.uk
Review in Shindig Magazine
by Lenny Helsing
Big thanks to Lenny for checking out our Never Lost EP - You never know who you'll meet on a train up to Bonny Scotland. Scotland holds a very special place in our Celtic hearts, so it should have been no surprise that This Land stood out; inspired by time journeying through the North West of Scotland. - Scott & Maria
"In terms of independent released, folk-imbued material of the modern age, 'This Land' by Scott Ferguson and Maria Payne Vlahogiannis brings forth a progressively topical (at this juncture) message. It seeks and searches ahead, yet comes off smelling of ancient blood-red roses too. Their magical, swooning vocal and rhythmic blend is perfect to start off the new decade; just the tonic to blow away any winter blues. Unapologetic, beguiling and utterly beautiful." - Lenny Helsing ( Shindig Magazine )