Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since the release of "By The Time It Gets Dark" in 1987. There’s been a lot of water of water under the bridge since then and how time flies when you’re busy and having a good time! As it’s always been one of my favourite albums I felt that it deserved to be revisited to celebrate it's 30th anniversary. With that in mind we sent the old 24 track tapes to be baked (a process to preserve them) allowing us to do a complete remix and remaster the album.
We enlisted the services of my great friend and sound engineer Billy Robinson to do the job and I’m delighted with the outcome - it sounds great, even if I say so myself! We added a few bits where needed and I’m happy to see it being released on vinyl again.
It’s been a nice journey revisiting that time and remembering the sights and sounds of life back then.
As we listened closely to some of the tracks, the beautiful voice of Mandy Murphy came through and I felt so sad that she passed away, so young, last year. I wish to dedicate this release to her memory.
The 30th anniversary edition CD and digital release will also contain a couple of bonus tracks:
- A remixed version of "Moon River".
- A remixed version of "Copper Kettle", which was previously only available as a b-side on the vinyl "Once In A Very Blue Moon" single.
- "Wounded Heart", a newly recorded song for this release.
The 30th anniversary edition of By The Time It Gets Dark will be released on 17 March.
To celebrate this release, we have created a playlist with videos of tracks of that album for you to enjoy.
"As some of you may now we’ve had to reschedule a concert that was planned for Holland later this year. I am happy to say that this concert will now take place at the beautiful Vredenburg Theatre in Utrecht.
I did my Last Call Tour in Europe in 2015 and I planned that as my final tour. However, I had an idea to go to The Netherlands for a weekend and do one special concert. I noticed on my last tour of Ireland that people were coming from many places around Europe to my gigs - a trip to The Netherlands might be an easier option for some people travelling.
The date will be Saturday February 24th 2018 and we are planning to have a meet and greet after the show - I look forward to seeing many of my friends at this special concert, Mary"
As the number of available free tickets for the meet and greet will be limited, you must be able to send proof of purchase of a ticket for the Utrecht concert. Registration for the meet and greet will start at a later date. We’ll let you know when including all the details for the meet and greet soon - Mark Van Setten
Mary is very happy to announce the second leg of her Last Call tour in the USA.
As there were so many towns and cities Mary didn’t get to say farewell in the first time around she has decided to return in July/August 2017.
Of course, this means she will not be playing the places she visited on the first leg of her Last Call tour.
Please watch the website for updates as concerts are confirmed.
"I was feeling guilty about leaving out so many great places on the Last Call Tour in the US and so I’m delighted to be able to rectify this by going back for the second leg - really looking forward to this Summer tour." - Mary
I’m delighted to announce my 2017 Irish Tour.
This tour is all the more special since I’ve completed my “Last Call” abroad with the final leg in Australia in 2016.
I’ve chosen some of my favourite venues and I’m bring my amazing band of musicians: Bill Shanley, Pat Crowley, Nick Scott and Richie Buckley.
Looking forward to catching up with many of my old friends along the road in Ireland.
Full list of dates can be found on the Concerts page
You can now listen to the full podcast "Róisín Meets... Mary Black" in which Irish Times journalist Róisín Ingle talks with Mary about one of Mary's passions: promoting home-grown Irish music on the radio. She tells Róisín about her upcoming Last Call tour in Australia, her last tour abroad. And they talk about her musical family - daughter Roisin O and son Danny O’Reilly, lead singer of rock band The Coronas.
Mike Wilson, a long time Mary Black fan, has started a series of blog posts in which he will discuss each of Mary’s albums in turn. Though Mike has a broad range of musical interests, he'll tell you himself that for him all music begins with Mary Black. Join us as we follow Mike on his journey through Mary’s extensive discography.
We are happy to announce the release of the Mary Black Videos app for the new Apple TV. This app gives you direct access to all videos released on Mary’s YouTube channel and website and allows you to view them directly on your TV. You can browse the available videos in alphabetical and chronological order, see the latest added videos and create your own list of favourite videos. The app will be immediately available in the App Store for free when Apple releases the new Apple TV on Friday 30 October 2015.
To celebrate this release, we have also added two new videos: the official videoclip to “No Frontiers” from 1989 and the whole “Still Believing” documentary from 2003. The “Still Believing” documentary is only temporarily available online and will be removed at the end of the year. More videos will be added in the coming months.
'In 2010 Transworld Publishers asked me if I would be interested in writing my autobiography. The prospect of writing a book had never occurred to me and I declined. I wondered would there be much interest in it. As well as that I was in the midst of touring and had plans to go into the studio to record Stories From The Steeples. So I passed on the offer but I think it planted a seed in my mind.
Transworld approached me again in late 2013. This time I gave it more thought. I was a little apprehensive at the prospect and so sought some advice. I had also decided at that time that after 30 years I was ready to hang up my touring boots and it seemed that this book could be a nice way to mark that end. I knew I would need someone to help me get the stories down on paper, but I wanted that person to be someone I knew and who knew me. I asked my daughter Róisín if she would type up a couple of stories for me and in October 2013 the two of us got stuck into writing. The memories and stories started to flow and Roisin began to question me about different aspects and details of the events. She had been an avid reader from a young age and seemed to have a natural understanding of the process. It was a precious time spent with Róisín. I would sit with her and tell her the stories while she listened and typed. Oftentimes when I was finished she’d rub her hands together and say, ‘Ok Mam, now let’s set the scene.’ She always managed to ask the right questions and really gave shape to the chapters in an intuitive way.
I hope this book gives a flavour of what my life was about and who I am'
3ú Records are proud to announce the latest album release from Mary Black. To coincide with the release of her autobiography 'Down the Crooked Road' Mary has selected 18 songs from her repertoire spanning almost 30 years. These songs form a backdrop to her narrative, a kind of Soundtrack to her life story.
More details on this album in the Discography section
Mary Black's autobiography Down the Crooked Road - My Autobiography goes on sale in the shop of this site on 9 October.
The Down the Crooked Road - The Soundtrack will go on sale in the shop of this site on 17 October.
We have just released an app for Mary Black in the Apple app store. This app for Mary Black gives you access to an extensive archive of information about Mary Black right on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (requires iOS 4.1 or higher).
The app not only contains almost all the information you can find on the website such as news, concert dates, the discography, all songs and lyrics, the library and all official videos, but it also presents it to you in an enhanced manner. For example, it keeps track of which news items and library articles you have already read. It shows you where venues are on a map and it can link the list of songs to the songs in the music library of your device so you have access to all songs from within the app. And those songs that you don't own will have access to a sound clip or iTunes if the song is for sale there.
But the app also contains two Mary Black related games: In "Recognize the Lyrics" you are presented with a sentence of eight words from a randomly chosen song and you have to guess from which song that sentence is. In "Pitch Perfect" a fragment of a Mary Black song is being played but at the incorrect pitch. It is up to you to set the pitch as it ought to be.
The app also contains a Song of the Day feature: each day features one Mary Black song. Everyone around the world using this app will be listening to that same song. A great way to become part of the world-wide Mary Black community and to experience the extensive library of Mary's repertoire throughout the year.
A lot of information found in the app can be shared with your friends via e-mail, sms and/or Twitter (Twitter on iOS 5 and higher only).
If you have a iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS 4.1 of higher (if not, use iTunes to see if you can upgrade your device to iOS 4.1), you can download the app in the Apple App Store. Please also be so kind to rate the app in the App Store after you have used it for a while.