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As Mary’s concert on 16 February 2018 at the Opera House in Cork has sold out, an additional concert at the Opera House has been added for the 15th of February.
Posted on Wednesday 13 December 2017 03:14

Mary's brand new album Mary Black Sings Jimmy MacCarthy is available NOW for pre-order on iTunes!


You can also pre-order a physical copy (signed if you want) here on the site.

Posted on Friday 3 November 2017 05:58 and updated on Saturday 4 November 2017 06:19

You could win a signed copy of Mary's new upcoming album "Mary Black Sings Jimmy MacCarthy" by answering the following question:

"What is the first album on which Mary recorded a song by Jimmy MacCarthy?"

The winner of this contest is Dave Blair. He will receive a signed copy of the new album.

The correct answer to the question "What was the first album on which Mary recorded a song by Jimmy MacCarthy?" is "Without The Fanfare" from 1985. That album actually contains several of Jimmy's songs: "State of Heart", "Strange Thing", "As I Leave Behind Neidin" and "Diamond Days".

Posted on Monday 30 October 2017 06:21 and updated on Thursday 9 November 2017 01:12

Mary is happy to announce the release of her new album “Mary Black Sings Jimmy MacCarthy” on November the 10th. 

The album contains eleven songs written by Jimmy, 6 previously recorded by Mary, 4 brand new recordings by Mary and a TV recording of a Mary and Jimmy duet.

  1. No Frontiers
  2. Adam At The Window
  3. There Is No Night
  4. Love’s Last Chance
  5. Bright Blue Rose
  6. What We Came Here For
  7. Wonderchild
  8. Katie
  9. Mystic Lipstick
  10. Another Day
  11. As I Leave Behind Néidín (with Jimmy MacCarthy)

The album will be available on 10 November in shops in Ireland, on Mary’s website and on digital platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. 


“A while ago I got a call from Jimmy. He asked me how I would feel about this project 'Mary Black Sings Jimmy Mac'. Without hesitation, I said yes and loved the idea, but it was only when I got to his place in Kilkenny and heard him sing his new songs that I got really excited. What a joy after all these years to have such great lyrics and new songs to sing from Jimmy Mac.”  - Mary

More details about the album can be found in the Discography section.

Posted on Thursday 26 October 2017 01:22 and updated on Thursday 26 October 2017 01:23

Mary is happy to announce her annual Irish tour in the first months of 2018 - “Mary Black Sings Jimmy Mac”. These concerts will highlight material from Mary’s forthcoming album of Jimmy MacCarthy songs - and lots more besides.

  • 15 February 2018 - Cork - Opera House
  • 16 February 2018 - Cork - Opera House
  • 17 February 2018 - Kilkenny - Watergate Theatre
  • 23 February 2018 - Dún Laoghaire - Pavilion
  • (24 February 2018 - Utrecht (The Netherlands) - Vredenburg)
  • 30 March 2018 - Belfast - Opera House
  • 31 March 2018 - Belfast - Opera House
  • 6 April 2018- Killygarry, Cavan - Kilmore Hotel
  • 7 April 2018 - Limerick - UCH
  • 13 April 2018 - Killarney - INEC
  • 14 April 2018 - Waterford - Woodlands Hotel
  • 20 April 2018 - Dublin - Vicar Street
  • 21 April 2018 - Dublin - Vicar Street
  • 27 April 2018- Carrick-on-Shannon - Landmark Hotel
  • 28 April 2018 - Cookstown - Burnavon Theatre
  • 4 May 2018 - Derry - Millenium Theatre
  • 5 May 2018 - Galway - Town Hall Theatre

For more details and ticket information visit the Concerts Page.

Posted on Saturday 21 October 2017 01:56 and updated on Monday 6 November 2017 02:39
There will be an extended feature on Mary on The Late Late Show this Friday night, 19 May, where she will be joined by her family and friends - not to be missed. Friday night, 9:30pm (GMT+1) RTÉ One.
Posted on Thursday 18 May 2017 09:46 and updated on Tuesday 13 June 2017 10:46

I am desperately sad to hear of the death of my dear friend Vonny Grabowsky over the weekend. She had such a passion for music and life and lived for her family especially her two daughters Silke and Merje and her beloved grandson Etienne. She will be missed by so many especially the Mary Black band and crew who loved to see Vonny's smiling face. May she rest peacefully.




Posted on Monday 1 May 2017 08:47 and updated on Monday 4 September 2017 01:03

For the first time in three decades The Black Family - Shay, Michael, Mary, Martin and Frances are returning for a very special reunion in Ireland. Their unique vocal sound was first heard by the nation on the Late, Late Show back in 1986 and is still remembered as something very special to this day. These rare performances from this legendary Irish family are not to be missed.

For dates and tickets see the concerts page.

Posted on Friday 7 April 2017 04:18 and updated on Tuesday 13 June 2017 10:45

Hi Folks,

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 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.


Posted on Sunday 2 April 2017 09:37 and updated on Sunday 2 April 2017 01:45

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.

  1. Introduction
  2. Mary Black, 1983
  3. Collected, 1984
  4. Without The Fanfare, 1985
  5. By The Time It Gets Dark, 1987
  6. ... more will be added over time
Posted on Friday 12 February 2016 08:05 and updated on Tuesday 15 November 2016 09:12
Martin Flanagan wrote a piece about Mary for her upcoming Australian "The Last Call" tour for The Sydney Morning Herald titled "Mary Black: The Irish singer who took her music to the world". You can read it on the newspaper's website or in the library on this site.
Posted on Saturday 30 January 2016 07:17 and updated on Tuesday 15 November 2016 09:12

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.

You don’t need to use the Mary Black Videos app for Apple TV to view these videos, you can also find them in Mary’s YouTube channel and in the Video section on her website.

Posted on Thursday 29 October 2015 09:18 and updated on Thursday 29 October 2015 09:19

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.

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:32 and updated on Tuesday 15 November 2016 09:13
Watch a documentary about The Black Family at TG4's website
Posted on Wednesday 10 October 2012 10:28 and updated on Monday 5 August 2013 02:54

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.

Posted on Wednesday 12 October 2011 09:00 and updated on Thursday 11 September 2014 07:13
We have just released an anthology video on YouTube that shows the story of Mary Black's music. It takes you on a journey through her more than 30 years spanning music career. Starting with her first TV performance of Anachie Gordon it takes you past landmarks such as Song for Ireland, Katie, Bright Blue Rose and Your Love using clips taken from live performances at the Royal Albert Hall and the Olympia, performances in TV programs and video clips. This anthology also provides you with a peek at Mary's upcoming album 'Stories from the Steeples' with her single Marguerite and the Gambler.
Posted on Monday 5 September 2011 01:40 and updated on Saturday 22 October 2011 03:01
We are happy to release the video to Mary's new song Marguerite and the Gambler. Click here to view the video on YouTube. If you have a good Internet connection, be sure to change the resolution of the video in YouTube to 720p. You can also access the video from our video page.
Posted on Wednesday 4 May 2011 10:14 and updated on Saturday 22 October 2011 03:01
Most of Mary’s albums are now available for download in iTunes. You can buy complete albums and/or individual tracks. To make it easier to find the available albums and tracks in iTunes, the Discography section of this site now contains direct links to the albums and tracks in iTunes. The remainder of the main albums will be released in iTunes soon.
Posted on Wednesday 28 October 2009 09:06 and updated on Monday 15 August 2011 06:49