Mary Coughlan and her band are bringing her new show to Irish venues nationwide this autumn. It is a celebration of Mary’s 30 plus years in the music business.
Mary’s music career has been a roller coaster, one hell of a ride, and this concert will reflect that. It will feature all the songs that are close to Mary’s heart and life.
She has often been described as the greatest female vocalist and interpreter of songs that Ireland has ever produced. She proudly stands alongside the iconic giants of jazz on both sides of the Atlantic – Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf and is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her unique voice.
She is unique in blending the whisky-blurred, smoke-seared, husky notes and laconic wit of Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee and the line of deep, down and dirty blues singers back to Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith with the sardonic, bitter-sweet defiance and despair of the Piaf And delivers it all in a delicious and unapologetic Irish drawl, sceptical, rueful, mournful and melting, ardent for love, all in one voice which wraps itself around Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, Elvis Presley and Joy Division.
Over twenty-five years, and ten albums, she’s made the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew. She sings in the voice of the wrong and wronged woman and she makes us think what it is men make of women and what women have to do to make do.
Mary plays Black Box, Belfast, on Friday 1st December.