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2016

Dear Friends,

It is with great regret that I must inform you that we’ve had to cancel the concert in Melkweg, Amsterdam, on October 14th, next.
We were given to believe that it was a 600 seated venue but when tickets went on sale we discovered that it was a partially standing concert and I felt that this wasn't good enough for my audience or for me.
I will endeavour to find another venue that is suitable as soon as possible and try to make it on the same date.
Sincere apologies for the inconvenience - anyone who has bought tickets online via Ticketmaster should get an e-mail from them explaining how to get refund.

Best wishes,
Mary

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If you haven't received an e-mail from Ticketmaster about how to get a refund, you should go to this page and fill in the form. If the form is in Dutch and you don't understand it, here is what the various field names mean:

  • Email adres = Email address
  • Herhaling = Repeat
  • Volledige naam = Full name
  • Selecteer een onderwerp = Select a topic (select Afgelast of verschoven/Cancelled or rescheduled)
  • Telefoonnummer = Phone number
  • Klant- of ordernummer = Customer or order number (which can be found on the mail in which you received the tickets
  • Evenement = Event (enter Mary Black)
  • Datum evenement = Date event (enter 14/10/2017, best use the calendar help)
  • Locatie = Location (enter De Melkweg, Amsterdam)
  • Vraag = Question (enter I want a refund as this concert has been cancelled)
  • Verstuur = Submit

Mark

Posted on Thursday 17 November 2016 07:04 and updated on Monday 20 February 2017 12:59

Legendary Australian singer-songwriter Shane Howard has been announced as a special guest for Mary's only Sydney show at Enmore Theatre on 10 March.

The pair have a long history of performing together in Australia & abroad - Shane's 1993 song Flesh and Blood went on to be recorded by Mary who had a top 5 Irish single with her version of the song, and they have toured Ireland, Australia, The Netherlands and the US together. She has since recorded many of Shane’s songs.

Shane has recently been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the performing arts and will join Mary on stage for a few songs in Sydney only. This will undoubtedly be a very special evening.

www.troubadour-music.com for tickets.

Posted on Monday 7 March 2016 09:21 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:54

I would like to disassociate myself from a badly worded advertisement which appeared in the Irish Daily Mail on Saturday. This campaign used my name and my manager Joe O’Reilly’s name without our consent. We never authorised this advert which attacks Irish Radio for ‘shafting’ Irish Music.
I signed up for a change in government legislation to increase the amount of Irish music played on radio in Ireland.
I firmly believe that Irish musicians need to stand together on this issue, however targeting Irish radio directly is not the answer - the solution lies in a change of government legislation. This change would better represent Irish artists as in the French or Canadian models where a much greater percentage of airplay is given to local/national artists.

Posted on Monday 8 February 2016 03:30 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:55
Mary's show at The Forum, Melbourne is now sold out. For all other dates on 'The Last Call' Australia tour, please see the concerts page.
Posted on Monday 25 January 2016 03:44 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:55
2015

We have added two additional concerts to Mary's Irish Tour. 16 April 2016 at Vicar Street in Dublin and 23 April 2016 at the Millennium Forum in Derry. More details on the concert page.

Posted on Friday 11 December 2015 12:39 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:55

Due to the demand for tickets for Mary's concert at the Belfast Opera House on Jan. 23rd, a second date has been added on Jan 22nd at the same venue. Tickets on sale from Nov. 12th.

Full list of concerts can be found in the concerts section.

Posted on Friday 13 November 2015 07:00 and updated on Friday 12 February 2016 08:07
We have added an additional concert to Mary's "The Last Call Tour" in Australia on 16 March 2016 at the Capri Theatre in Adelaide. More details here.
Posted on Tuesday 3 November 2015 08:17 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:55

Mary will be saying goodbye to her fans in Australia with "The Last Call" Australian tour. The tour of her latest album ‘Down the Crooked Road’ will begin at Astor Theatre in Perth on 8 March 2016 and she’ll be performing at Enmore Theatre in Sydney on 10 March, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival on 12 & 13 March, QPAC in Brisbaneon 15 March, Capri Theatre in Adelaide on 16 March, The Forum in Melbourne on 17 March and The Blue Mountains Folk Festival on 19 & 20 March.

Full details can be found on the concerts page.

Posted on Wednesday 28 October 2015 09:04 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:56

Following on from her sell-out tour earlier this year, Mary has announced she’s going on the road again in Ireland from January 8, 2016 with a nation-wide tour which includes some great venues she missed out on in 2015.

Following the launch of her autobiography “Down the Crooked Road” and the “Soundtrack” CD and due to popular demand, Mary has finalised the dates and venues for another tour which extends to the four corners of the country and sees her doing what she loves most – performing to a live audience.

“The tour at the start of this year was great fun and the reaction was simply incredible,” Mary explained. “I can’t wait to get back out on the road with the band, and get on stage singing the songs that people love and want to sing with me. That sort of reaction is great and makes you want to perform more and meet great people afterwards and that is exactly why we are doing this Irish Tour”.

Starting on January 8th in the Black Box Theatre in Galway and with the same great band of Bill Shanley, Pat Crowley, Nick Scott and Richie Buckley, the Mary Black 2016 Tour goes nationwide to include concerts in Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Sligo, Armagh, Cork, Cavan, Clonmel, Tullamore, Tralee, Limerick, Wicklow and Kilkenny.

All dates can be found on the Concerts page.

Posted on Friday 23 October 2015 12:07 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:56

Mary is delighted to contribute her version of "Brand New Star" to the charity CD "Don't Be Afraid of the Light that Shines Within You" in aid of Samaritans featuring some excellent Irish artists. The CD is available from Easons and all good online stores from Oct. 9th.

Please help create attention and awareness for this great cause. Visit dontbeafraidcd.com for more details.

Posted on Wednesday 7 October 2015 11:41 and updated on Saturday 17 September 2016 02:57
At last Mary is delighted to announce a concert on January 23rd 2016 at the Belfast Opera House - ‘We’ve missed Belfast on the last couple of tours so it’s great to be getting back there to this beautiful venue and I’m looking forward to it already". More details can be found here.
Posted on Wednesday 23 September 2015 07:58 and updated on Friday 12 February 2016 08:07

Mary will be playing at Whelan's in Dublin on Sunday 20 September as part of the MSF Benefit in support of the Refugee Crisis. Mary will be joined by Roisin O and more special guests.

For tickets and more information, see Whelan's Live.

Posted on Thursday 10 September 2015 10:21 and updated on Tuesday 29 September 2015 02:46

Due to Mary's chest infection, tonight's concert in Kilkenny has also been postponed. Here is Mary's message about it:

"I'm sorry to report that there's no improvement today so sadly we have to postpone my concert in Kilkenny tonight... It has been rescheduled for march 17th. Sincere apologies to all who have to change plans,
Mary

Posted on Sunday 8 February 2015 01:20 and updated on Sunday 29 March 2015 02:00

Mary has to postpone her concert in Galway tonight. Here's her message about it: "I am really upset to have to postpone my concert in Seapoint, Galway tonight. It is the first time I've ever had to cancel a show in Ireland and I'm gutted. I have a chest infection and I'm hoping the voice will return quickly. Tonight's concert will be rescheduled for a later date.. I'm so sorry, Mary"

The concert has already been rescheduled for Saturday 28 March at the same venue.

Posted on Saturday 7 February 2015 12:40 and updated on Sunday 29 March 2015 02:00
2014

To coincide with the launch of her autobiography “Down the Crooked Road” and the “Soundtrack” CD, Mary is delighted to announce an Irish Tour in the New Year.

Starting in mid January, this is Mary’s first Irish tour in four years and she is looking forward to getting back to her Irish audiences. Mary will be joined on stage by her best band - Bill Shanley, Pat Crowley, Nick Scott and Richie Buckley.

The nationwide tour of 15 dates will include Dublin’s Vicar St, Cork’s Opera House, The Millennium in Derry and many of Mary’s favourite venues. For the full list, please visit the concert page.

Posted on Friday 17 October 2014 05:16 and updated on Sunday 29 March 2015 02:01
Mary will be signing copies of her book at Dubray Books on Grafton St., Dublin on Saturday 18th at 12 noon
Posted on Tuesday 14 October 2014 04:23 and updated on Sunday 29 March 2015 02:00

Mary will be visiting the USA with her 'Last Call Tour' in October/November 2014. The first nine confirmed dates have been added to the concerts page.

More concerts are being scheduled and will be added when they have been fully confirmed.

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:33 and updated on Wednesday 12 November 2014 06:16

Mary announces a ‘Last Call Tour’ in Holland/Belgium for February/March 2015. Cities include Utrecht, Apeldoorn, Brugge, Aalst, Gouda, Haarlem, Hoogeveen, Bergen op Zoom, Amsterdam and Tilburg.

For the exact dates, please see the concert page.

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:33 and updated on Thursday 11 June 2015 01:43

Mary will be visiting the UK with her 'Last Call Tour' in May 2015. The 15 dates have been added to the concerts page.

Pre-sale for this tour starts on 11 September at 9am via this link.

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:32 and updated on Thursday 11 June 2015 01:43

To celebrate the upcoming release of Mary Black's autobiography "Down The Crooked Road" and the "Down The Crooked Road - The Soundtrack" CD, we had a contest. The prizes of this contest were:

  1. A signed copy of the "Down The Crooked Road" autobiography and a signed copy of the "Down The Crooked Road - The Soundtrack" CD.
  2. A signed copy of the "Down The Crooked Road" autobiography.
  3. A signed copy of the "Down The Crooked Road - The Soundtrack" CD.
In order to participate, you had to answer the following three questions:
  1. Which band member has been with Mary the longest? The correct answer is: Pat Crowley
  2. Who helped Mary write her autobiography? The correct answer is: Róisin O'Reilly, Mary's daughter
  3. Which of Mary’s albums spent more than a year in the Irish Top 30? The correct answer is: No Frontiers
The winners of this contest are:
  1. Marjie Little won the first prize, a signed copy of both the book and CD
  2. Yvonne Kenny won the second prize, a signed copy of the book
  3. Therasa Mulhall won the third prize, a signed copy of the CD
Congratulations to the winners.

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:32 and updated on Wednesday 12 November 2014 06:17

Mary will be performing at several festivals this summer:
6 July - The Skagen Festival in Skagen, Denmark
7 August - Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France
9 August - The Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny, Ireland
12 September - The Newcastle West Festival in Newcastle West, Ireland

More details on the concerts page.

Posted on Wednesday 30 April 2014 11:57 and updated on Monday 6 October 2014 04:27
2013

Update: You can listen to this broadcast via this link

On 30 December, Mary will take us through her Joni Mitchell collection as the Canadian legend celebrates her 70th birthday this year. Mary has worked with Joni's producer in the past, and knows her music intimately. With classics from her album Blue, as well as some lesser know gems, Mary delves into arguably one of the world's best singer songwriters.

Black on Blue

RTE Radio 1, 30 December 2013, 2pm

Posted on Wednesday 4 December 2013 08:03 and updated on Tuesday 29 September 2015 02:46

On Saturday 7 December 2013, the Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol Concert will be held at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. This will be hosted by Mr. Pat Kenny with guest speaker Fr. Peter McVerry SJ. The concert will feature Mary Black, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and Ossia Youth Choir. For tickets please contact:

Peter McVerry Trust on 01 823 0776 or fundraising@pmvtrust.ie

Posted on Thursday 21 November 2013 04:21 and updated on Sunday 6 April 2014 11:14
The Black Family (Shay, Michael, Mary, Martin, and Frances) are receiving an award from iBAM. iBAM is a gathering of the best Irish authors, artists and musicians from around the world, under one roof, for a weekend Irish cultural celebration. The iBAM! 2013 awardees, include actor Brendan Gleeson (Performing Arts), author Tim Pat Coogan (Literature), the Black Family (Music), artist Robert Ballagh (Visual Arts). The Awards Dinner will be held on Sat. October, 12th at the Erin Ballroom of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox in Chicago. The Black Family will be giving a concert the following night.
Posted on Thursday 25 July 2013 06:21 and updated on Thursday 11 September 2014 07:14

March 2014 will see two of Ireland’s musical icons share the stage in a special tour that will be sure to delight fans of both artists. Performing both separate sets and together in 15 dates across the UK, this unique concert is one not to be missed.

The lists of all tour dates can be found on the Concerts page.

Tickets will go on sale Friday 21 June, but for loyal Mary Black and Clannad fans pre-sales start Wednesday 19 June at 9am. Click here to go to the ticket site.

Posted on Tuesday 18 June 2013 11:11 and updated on Monday 7 April 2014 06:58

Woodsongs is crossing the pond and coming to Dublin on Thursday July 18. Tickets are only 10 euro (one ticket, two shows, one night available now at TicketMaster.ie) to celebrate world class Irish artists like Mary Black, Paul Brady plus a second show spotlighting bluegrass/traditional Irish folk music with We Banjo 3, Naill Toner (and more to be announced soon) in Ireland. We will be in the 1500 seat National Convention Center right on the river in Dublin.

The broadcast is heard on several stations across Ireland including Dublin City FM, Wednesdays at 11PM.

Posted on Thursday 13 June 2013 06:37 and updated on Sunday 6 April 2014 11:14

In a New Years message on her website in January Mary said: “Music has been so good to me, I've loved touring the world for the last 30 years….I have made so many friends and have countless fond memories from different corners of the globe. So to my fans everywhere I'd like to thank you and let you know that I hope to get back again to all my favourite places in 2014 for one last tour - 'The Last Call' "

We are now happy to announce the first part of The Last Call tour, starting in January 2014 in Germany. Visit the concerts page for a list of all the dates.

Posted on Monday 10 June 2013 09:07 and updated on Tuesday 29 September 2015 02:46

Hello All,

Firstly I'd like to wish all my friends a very happy and healthy 2013. 2012 was a very good year for me, touring Ireland, England, Europe and the US and promoting my new album 'Stories from the Steeples'. I'm very happy with the way the album turned out and delighted it was so well received.

The 24th of October saw the birth of our first grandchild, Bonnie O'Reilly. Needless to say the whole family are delighted with her! We rang in the New Year in Dingle as usual and it was lovely to have all the family there.

I've had quite a few emails from people wondering when and where I'll be performing next and I wanted to let everyone know that I've decided to take a break this year from touring but will however do the odd festival (keep an eye on the website for updates). Thanks to all the people who came out to my concerts or who bought the album this last year - it means a lot.

Music has been so good to me, I've loved touring the world for the last 30 years….I have made so many friends and have countless fond memories from different corners of the globe. So to my fans everywhere I'd like to thank you and let you know that I hope to get back again to all my favourite places in 2014, including Australia and Canada, for one last big tour - 'The Last Call'

Le gach dea-ghuí (with every good wish/prayer),

Mary

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2013 07:22 and updated on Sunday 6 April 2014 11:15
2012

Mary Black participates in the Song for Lily-Mae initiative. Four year old Lily-Mae Morrison from Claregalway is suffering from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system. She is the daughter of professional ballet dancers, Judith Sibley and Leighton Morrison. When she grows up, she wants to be a ballet dancer like her Mummy and Daddy but Neuroblastoma is not playing nicely, it wants to kill her.

We want to create as much noise as possible for Lily-Mae by getting Tiny Dancer to the Christmas Number One spot, thereby raising awareness of the disease and funds to help with Lily-Mae's care and with Neuroblastoma research. To help do this, we have come together as one voice, over 300 of us, drawn, in the most part, from AIMS musical societies from all over the island of Ireland, to sing with a galaxy of Irish stars including...

Paddy Casey, Declan O'Rourke, Gari Deegan, Mary Black, The Reverse, Rob Vickers, Shane O'Reilly (Bipolar Empire), Mal Touhy (The Riptide Movement), Mundy, Matthew Devereux & Shane Wearan (The Pale), John Spillane, Brian Hogan (Kila & Preacher's Son), Mickey Joe Harte, Naymedici, Tom Dunne (Something Happens), Paddy McKenna & Lindsey Hogan (Storyfold), Conor Quinn, Gavin James, Arrow in the Sky, Aoife Scott, Laura Sheeran (Nanu Nanu), Camille O'Sullivan, Richie Hayes, Adela Meally & Ros O'Meara (Adela and the Meanits), Sandra Dolan (Strange Frootz), Monica & Anne Brennan, Lucia Evans, Louise Colohan, Emily Macken, Ashley Tubridy, Alan Greaney, Stephen Macken, Cian McSweeney, Monica Fitzgerald, Brian Flanagan, Frank Naughton, Robb Murphy, Declan & Noel O'Farrell, Schira & Mimi Lane, Megan Walsh, and a very special guest singer, Lily-Mae's father, Leighton Morrison.

We really need your help and support to make this a success; we need you to be Lily-Mae's champion; to help us make all this noise; to make Neuroblastoma a cancer that people don't have to google; to make it so that people know that they need to target their giving to support research into a disease that is incredibly effective at killing those with the most life to lose, our children.

Watch the video of Tiny Dancer by the Song for Lily-Mae initiative on YouTube.

Buy the song on iTunes to support this cause

To find out more, please go to www.facebook.com/asongforlilymae or contact the producer of the project, Stephen Macken, at asongforlilymae@gmail.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.

Posted on Thursday 6 December 2012 07:59 and updated on Monday 7 April 2014 06:56

Mary will be a guest on Dutch Radio in the program Schiffers FM (Radio 2) around 10:30 this coming Sunday 7 October.

Posted on Saturday 6 October 2012 12:02 and updated on Sunday 10 February 2013 12:11

Mary will be a guest in the TV show Vrije Geluiden which will be broadcast on Sunday 14 October starting at 10:30 on Dutch Television Nederland 1.

Posted on Friday 5 October 2012 01:42 and updated on Thursday 25 October 2012 05:59
We are happy to announce an additional US concert on Friday 16 November 2012 at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, Sebastopol (CA). Tickets will become available via their website at www.seb.org.
Posted on Thursday 27 September 2012 01:08 and updated on Sunday 10 February 2013 12:11
Mary is one of the special guests in a concert in Vicar Street celebrating the music and poetry of Steve Cooney on 30 September 2012. Tickets can be bought via this link.
Posted on Saturday 18 August 2012 03:50 and updated on Sunday 10 February 2013 12:11

We are happy to announce Mary Black's US November 2012 Tour.

Here are the dates that have been confirmed:

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - New York (NY) - City Winery
  • Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Brownfield (ME) - Stone Mountain Art Centre
  • Friday, November 9, 2012 - Rockland (ME) - Strand Theatre
  • Saturday, November 10, 2012 - Boston (MA) - Berklee Performance Center
  • Sunday, November 11, 2012 - Saint Paul (MN) - Fitzgerald Theater
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - Ann Arbor (MI) - The Ark
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Middletown (OH) - Middletown Campus of Miami University
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Chicago (IL) - Chicago City Winery
  • Friday, November 16, 2012 - Sebastopol (CA) - Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
  • Sunday, November 18, 2012 - Berkeley (CA) - Freight and Salvage
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - Tucson (AZ) - Fox Theatre

When ticket information becomes available, we'll add links to the concerts page on this site. There, you'll also find upcoming Mary Black concerts in other countries.

Posted on Saturday 19 May 2012 06:38 and updated on Sunday 10 February 2013 12:12

An update of the free Mary Black App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) is now available in the App Store. If you already have the app installed, simply go tot he App Store on your device and select the Update tab.

The main enhancement in this update is that the app now contains a free full song. We intent to periodically change the freely available song. This song can be listened to only from within the app. Previews of almost all Mary Black's songs are of course still available in the app, just as the possibility to link the songs in the app to the music library on your iOS device.

Posted on Tuesday 10 April 2012 04:22 and updated on Thursday 12 July 2012 08:37
Mary Black will be giving four concerts in the UK in June: London, Birmingham, Gateshead and Manchester.
Posted on Friday 16 March 2012 08:14 and updated on Thursday 12 July 2012 08:36
Mary will be on Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 18 March 2012 from 11:00 (UK time).
Posted on Friday 16 March 2012 07:54 and updated on Tuesday 10 April 2012 04:17
Mary Black will be returning to the Netherlands in October 2012 for three concerts in Breda, Utrecht and Groningen. Details can be found on the concerts page.
Posted on Sunday 19 February 2012 12:03 and updated on Sunday 28 October 2012 10:49

The winners of our Valentine's Day contest are:

  • Prize package 1: Annette McKenna
  • Prize package 2: Dawn Norris
  • Prize package 3: Jodi Hammerstrom
  • Prize package 4: Chris Strutt and Christine Verstraete
  • Prize package 5: Nancy Brown, Kimberly Denby and Lisa Doyle
The signed Special Edition of Stories from the Steeples has been won by Chris Strutt.

Posted on Tuesday 14 February 2012 10:31 and updated on Tuesday 10 April 2012 04:17

As Valentine's Day is coming up soon, we have a special Mary Black Valentine's Day contest. In this contest, you can win one of several packages of prizes not for yourself but for your Valentine. To participate, you select one of the prize packages you would like to win for your Valentine (of some package we give away more so chances of winning those are higher) and send an e-mail to contests@mary-black.net no later than 13 February 2012. In this e-mail you must include:

  1. Your name
  2. The name of the person you'd like to win the prize(s) for
  3. The e-mail address of the person you'd like to win the prize(s) for (so we can send them and you an e-mail if you win on Valentine's Day)
  4. The prize package you'd like to win for you Valentine
We will draw the winners on Valentine's Day. Note, if you win, we will let you and your Valentine know that you won. To ensure that your Valentine will give us a postal address to send the prize package to, we may have to give him/her your name.

RULE: You can only enter once in this contest. Anyone who enters more than once will be excluded from this contest.

The prize packages you can choose from are:

From all the winners, we also make additional draw. That winner will also get a signed Special Edition of Stories from the Steeples.

All entries and e-mail addresses gathered in the contest will be deleted after the contest and will not be used for anything else then this contest.

Posted on Friday 3 February 2012 10:33 and updated on Tuesday 14 February 2012 10:10
2011

The Whisper of Sweet Things - Warwick McFadyen -The Melbourne Age - The Saturday Age - Album Review - 10 December 2011

Gentleness can be an orphan to these times; its soft voice lost in the gales of modern life. But there’s gales and there’s Gaels.

To the latter, here we have two of the finest in their art. They are two voices of the British Isles, one from Ireland, the other from Scotland; one the long-reigning star in the Irish folk firmament, the other a rising light in the northern sky. One is Mary Black, the other Emily Smith.

In the case of Stories from the Steeples, Black has assembled a strong supporting cast from Down Under for her material. She covers The Night Was Dark and Deep (Paul Kelly, titled in his collection as They Thought I Was Asleep), Mountains to the Sea (Shane Howard and Neil Murray), All the Fine Young Men (Eric Bogle, John Munro) and One True Place (Neil Murray).

As much as Black is such a fine singer able to cross genres, she is also an insightful interpreter. The Night Was Dark and Deep — Kelly’s gem of a vignette of a young boy overhearing a strained conversation between his parents on a long car journey — is coloured with a sensitive empathy. It’s actually a trait of Black’s throughout her long career across traditional, pop, even jazz-inflected tunes: she is able to live the song. Some would call it soul.

To illustrate this masterful blending, Black duets with three wildly different singers: Imelda May, Finbar Furey and Janis Ian. And she brings in the family, recording songs by her son Danny O’Reilly.

Stories from the Steeples finds Black back in the best form of her career. Her voice is as strong and sensitive as ever, neither twee nor diddley-i. It’s a cathedral of sound, subdued and strong.

Stories from the Steeples
Mary Black
(3u Records/Planet)
****

Folking.com - by Mike Wilson

This is the first studio recording from Mary Black in six years, and it’s a collection that demonstrates an artist in full command of her bewitching vocal prowess. Throughout an impressive career, Mary has consistently demonstrated impeccable taste in her choice of material, and the evidence presented here suggests that her ear for seeking out songs of utmost grace and beauty is as keen as ever. With a voice that has only gained in depth and resonance over the years, Mary brings her trademark warmth and sincerity, casting light and shade amongst the lyrics to create her own personal space amongst the words of carefully chosen songwriters. Never one to rest on her laurels, we’re gifted songs from familiar friends such as Shane Howard, Eric Bogle and Julie Matthews, alongside burgeoning writing talents, including Danny O’Reilly and Ricky Lynch.

Sharing the stage with a number of guests, Stories From The Steeples contains three duets: the beguiling “Lighthouse Light” features Janis Ian in a perfectly balanced performance that whets the appetite for further exploration of this winsome partnership; the robust, soulful voice of Imelda May joins Mary on an affirmative song of place and belonging, “Mountains To The Sea”; and the playful “Walking With My Love” finds Mary exchanging lines with the legendary Finbar Furey. All three performances are notable for their palpable sense of modesty and mutual admiration.

Two stand-out tracks come from particularly close to home, being written by Mary’s son, Danny O’Reilly. “Faith In Fate” paints a stark contrast between the sheer despair of a broken relationship with a determined hopefulness to move on and patch things up. Managing to be simultaneously bleak and uplifting with its heady infusion of hurt and devoted affection, it’s a song that plays to all the strengths of Mary’s typically emotion-wrought interpretation. Offering a similar cocktail of emotions, “Wizard of Oz” is a mournful reflection on the search for strength and happiness, underpinned by a dreamy string arrangement over which Mary lays her heartwarming vocals.

Fulfilling the role of storyteller, Mary excels in bringing lifelike colour to the characters of “Marguerite And The Gambler,” a Ricky Lynch song that recounts the familiar tale of many a traditional folk ballad, with its gamblers, true love, misguided familial intervention, heartbreak and devastation. Those purchasing the extended version of the album are handsomely rewarded with an exquisite reading of Chris Woods’ “One In A Million,” a story of true love that takes the mundanities of life and turns it in to utter magic, and proving beyond any doubt that Mary remains a song’s best friend.

Paul Kelly’s “They Thought I Was Asleep” benefits from a tender reading, cloaked in Mary’s trademark warmth, depicting the torment of a child inadvertently witnessing from the back seat of a car, the emotional breakdown of his parents’ relationship. Equally devastating, though of more epic proportions, Eric Bogle’s “All the Fine Young Men” is made all the more disarming, thanks to the sheer reverence with which Mary furnishes this stark, anti-war anthem.

With a little less polish than some of her earlier releases, Stories From The Steeples steps forward as an intimate, unpretentious collection, bathed in a soft but radiant glow of effortlessness and wholehearted integrity. Time will tell, but Stories From The Steeples may well prove to be Mary’s best yet.

Hot Press, vol. 35, issue 22 - by Jackie Hayden: Assured Return By Irish Legend

With here first full studio outing in six years, Mary Black is back with an album on which she uncompromisingly showcases some of the most undeservedly unsung songwriters. The Coronas’ Danny O’Reilly, (coincidentally her son), leads the pack, supplying three classy tracks. ‘The Night Is On Our Side’ is very good while, buoyed by Black’s expressive vocal talents, ‘Faith In Fate’ is a true gem.

With the opener, the Dylanesque narrative ‘Marguerite And The Gambler’, Black introduces us to the songsmithing skills of Ricky Lynch: Finbar Furey joins her on the jaunty ‘Walkin’ With My Love’, creating a timeless duet that suggests they should do it again soon. Imelda May joins the fray on the upbeat ‘Mountains To The Sea’, a colourful evocation of the outdoors from Australians Shane Howard and Neil Murray. The indomitable Richie Buckley lays his trademark sax on ‘Faith In Fate’. Black and Janis Ian duet deliciously on the heart-stealing ‘Lighthouse Light’. And the album ends on a wistful note with Black’s Frenchified version of The Hollies’ ‘Fifi The Flea’.

Mary Black instinctively makes a song her own, and her voice here is more expressively fragile than before. The musicianship is impeccable, especially Bill Shanley’s guitar and Pat Crowley’s keyboards, making Stories From The Steeples a very worthy addition to an already impressive catalogue. Mary: back in the Black…

The Irish Times, The Ticket - by Siobhán Long

Stories define Mary Black’s latest collection, and quite a few have Antipodean roots: spare, sometimes parched, and shot through with an intimacy that lures the listener into the beating heart of the song. Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas contributes three of the best tracks, with The Wizard of Oz a standout: a story of heartbreak and tentative renewal celebrating the best of Black’s interpretive skills against a spartan backdrop of piano, cello, violin and double bass. Guest vocalists include Janis Ian, Imelda May and Finbar Furey; their disparate styles at one with Black’s. Paul Kelly’s The Night Was Dark and Deep is neatly reinvented, and Black’s three offspring get a peep-in on O’Reilly’s radio-friendly The Night Is on Our Side. Shades of Mary Chapin Carpenter colour this collection, whose main surprises are found lurking in the songwriting.

MOJO magazine four star review in their March 2012 issue

The award-winning Irish singer's first album of new material in six years. It's all about the songs - each handpicked and worthy of Black's interpretative touch. Material like All The Fine Young Men, an anti-war anthem by the great Eric Bogle, and Marguerite And The Gambler, a song by Cork's Ricky Lynch that takes its inspiration from The Falconer, a painting displayed in a Cork Art gallery. Then there's the totally melodic Wizard Of Oz, one of three compositions donated by young songwriter Danny O'Reilly, that could easily become a standard. Add such guest-assisted goodies as Walking With My Love, which boasts the talents of Finbar Furey, along with Mountains To The Sea (with Imelda May) and Lighthouse Light (with Janis Ian), wrap the whole in a production that appeals both to a commercial audience and one that favours a more traditional approach, and Black has achieved the perfect meld.

Fred Dallar, MOJO Magazine, March 2012

Several more reviews of Stories from the Steeples are appearing.

Here are links to some of those reviews:

Posted on Wednesday 30 November 2011 10:00 and updated on Monday 6 October 2014 04:27
For the first time, Mary will play Dublin's new Grand Canal Theatre on May 13th 2012. Tickets are now available via ticketmaster.ie.
Posted on Saturday 22 October 2011 03:00 and updated on Thursday 12 July 2012 08:37
Mary is very happy to announce that she will have a special guest at her concert in Carré in Amsterdam on 6 November: Lenette van Dongen will be joining her for a duet. Lenette van Dongen is a well-known Dutch cabaretiere who is a fan of Mary's music and has sung a couple of Mary's songs in her shows.
Posted on Saturday 22 October 2011 02:56 and updated on Monday 7 November 2011 08:07
The winners of the "Stories from the Steeples" contest are:
  • The first prize winner is Astrid Weiffen. She will receive the Special Edition of the Stories from the Steeples album.
  • The three second prize winners are Hester van Duinen, Jan Dirk Kooiman and Pauline Dring. They will each receive the Stories from the Steeples album.
  • The third prize winners are Heather Buret who receives the Marguerite and the Gambler CD Single and Paul Facey-Hunter who receives the No Frontiers CD Single.
Congratulations to the winners.
Posted on Thursday 20 October 2011 03:16 and updated on Monday 7 November 2011 08:07

Mary's new album Stories from the Steeples will be released in the following countries on the following dates:

  • The Netherlands - 31 October on Music and Words
  • Australia and New Zealand - 4 November on The Planet Company
  • UK - 14 November on Blix Street Records
We'll add other dates when they become available. The album can of course also be ordered via the webshop on this site or via iTunes.

Posted on Wednesday 19 October 2011 07:27 and updated on Saturday 31 December 2011 10:57

On the 21st of October 2011, Mary will be releasing her new album "Stories from the Steeples" on the 3ú Records label in Ireland.

"Stories from the Steeples" will be released in two editions: a regular edition and a special edition.

The regular edition contains eleven new tracks and one bonus track. Three of the songs are duets. "Mountains to the Sea" with Imelda May, "Walking with my Love" with Finbar Furey and "Lighthouse Light" with Janis Ian. The full track list can be found on Mary's website.

The special edition of Stories from the Steeples comes in the form of a book. The CD in the book contains all twelve tracks from the regular edition, but it also contains an additional two bonus tracks: "On A Winter's Afternoon" and "One In A Million".

Both editions contain the lyrics and musicians credits, Mary's notes about the songs and illustrations from Irish artist Deirdre Keohane.

"Stories from the Steeples" will be available in shops in Ireland from the 21st of October and via Mary's website and iTunes. Releases outside of Ireland will follow shortly.

Posted on Friday 14 October 2011 04:56 and updated on Monday 6 October 2014 04:28

To celebrate the upcoming release of Mary's new album, we are organizing this contest. In this contest you can win the new album and other prizes.

What can you win:

  1. One first prize winner receives the Special Edition of "Stories from the Steeples".
  2. Three second place winners receive the regular edition of "Stories from the Steeples".
  3. Two third prize winners receive a CD single. One receives the "Marguerite and the Gambler" single, the other the "No Frontiers" single.

What do you have to do to enter? Just answer the following question:

On "Stories from the Steeples", Mary sings three duets: one with Imelda May, one with Janis Ian and one with Finbar Furey. In the past, Mary has recorded duets with other artists. Name at least three other artists with whom Mary recorded a duet and give the title of those duets. The duet must have been released on an album or single of Mary.

Send in your answer no later then 19 October 2011 to contest@mary-black.net

Posted on Saturday 8 October 2011 11:46 and updated on Thursday 20 October 2011 03:11
From 3ú Records: "We finished the album recording last week with Imelda May doing a duet on one of the tracks - she did a great job. There's just the mastering to be done next week and then it remains to us to decide which tracks to leave out. We have fourteen songs and that's too many for this album. Apart from the Imelda and Finbar Furey duets there's a lovely duet with Janis Ian. Still aiming for a 21st October release"
Posted on Sunday 2 October 2011 09:47 and updated on Wednesday 12 October 2011 04:51
The two winners of the Walking with My Love contest are:
  • Colleen Harte
  • Craig Werner
Congratulations to you both. You will each receive the Walking with my Love EP.
Posted on Sunday 2 October 2011 04:56 and updated on Wednesday 12 October 2011 04:52

I have two Walking with my Love EP's to give away in a contest. All you have to do is tell me which organization do Mary Black and Finbar Furey support with this EP?

E-mail your answer no later than 30 September 2011 to contest@mary-black.net

Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2011 02:49 and updated on Sunday 2 October 2011 04:56

RTE 1 will broadcast the episode of For One Night Only with Mary Black this coming Friday, 12 August 2011 at 9:30pm (Irish time). The broadcast will be available on the Internet as well for a couple of weeks.

For One Night Only is a six part entertainment series hosted by the irrepressible legend Gaybo, featuring music and chat from some of the stalwarts of the Irish music industry; Christy Moore, Daniel O'Donnell, Mary Black, Imelda May, Paul Brady and Bob Geldof.

For one Night Only gives an intimate and emotional look at the featured artist's life story. Filmed in front of a studio audience of no more than 200 fans who have the exclusive opportunity to get 'up close and personal' with their idols.

Click here for the website of the show.

Posted on Tuesday 9 August 2011 05:28 and updated on Thursday 25 August 2011 03:50

For One Night Only: A six part entertainment series hosted by the irrepressible legend Gaybo, featuring music and chat from some of the stalwarts of the Irish Music Industry: Mary Black, Daniel O’Donnell, Christy Moore, Imelda May and Bob Geldof.

If you would like to be part of our studio audience for this intimate show with Mary, which will take place in RTE studios in Dublin on Tuesday Evening the 7th of June, you can apply for an application form by sending an e-mail to onenightonly@rte.ie and please put Mary Black in the subject box. Closing date for Applications will be Tuesday 31st of May

Unfortunately we only have a limited amount of tickets available so everyone that applies may not be guaranteed a ticket. So, only apply if you are able to make it to the RTE studios in Dublin on Tuesday Evening the 7th of June.

If you have any problem emailing you can contact Avril on 012083906

Posted on Monday 23 May 2011 11:39 and updated on Thursday 9 June 2011 06:29

We recently ran a contest in which you could win a promo CD of 'Marguerite and the Gambler'. The question in the contest was Why was the day that Mary's first TV performance of 'Anachie Gordon' was broadcasted so special to Mary (besides the broadcast itself)?. The correct answer is because it was her wedding day.

The four winners of this contest are:

  • Ross McGowan
  • Gill Jones
  • David Goodwin
  • Linda Stock

Posted on Saturday 21 May 2011 12:19 and updated on Wednesday 12 October 2011 04:51
Mary is Bruce Macgregor's guest this week, in a special edition of Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland. This program is broadcasted on Thursday 12 May 2011 from 20:05 till 22:00 (BST) on BBC Radio Scotland. For more details, visit the website of Travelling Folk.
Posted on Wednesday 11 May 2011 01:40 and updated on Friday 13 May 2011 09:30
Text your local radio station. Click here to find out how to spread the word about the new single.
Posted on Thursday 5 May 2011 03:04 and updated on Sunday 4 September 2011 11:15
On May 6th, Mary released her first new recording in 6 years. 'Marguerite and the Gambler' written by Ricky Lynch tells the age old story Mary told in her first solo recording 'Anachie Gordon'. This time the story is set in the Wild West. It's the first recording from a new Mary album to be released later this year - working title 'Marguerite and the Gambler and other stories'.
The song is available in iTunes, at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Play.com. You can listen to a preview on the website or look at the accompanying video on YouTube. Lyrics can be found here.
Posted on Monday 18 April 2011 09:06 and updated on Tuesday 18 October 2011 07:43
Mary Black will be featured in "My Life In Five Songs" which is due to be transmitted on BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday 31st March 2011 at 14.05 (UK time). It will also be available on the i-player for the following seven days. You can listen online at www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland.
Posted on Monday 21 March 2011 11:17 and updated on Monday 18 April 2011 09:07
2010

From now till the end of the year, we will be giving away several prizes via Mary Black’s Facebook and Twitter account. Prizes include items such as CD’s, CD singles, posters, t-shirts, a songbook and signed photographs. We will be giving away these prizes in small batches, each a small contest running for a couple of days.

Each time we give away two main prizes and a signed photograph as a consolation prize. Beforehand, we decide which of the two prizes will be given away on Facebook and which will be given away on Twitter. But we will not tell you, so you will have to guess. Only if you guess correctly, will you be taken into the draw for that prize. You have of course two chances: you can reply to both the Facebook entry and the Twitter entry (but only once to each). But how you spread you chances is up to you… Even if you guess wrong, we will draw a winner from all participants who will receive a signed photograph.

Keep and eye on Mary’s Facebook page and Twitter account to learn about the start of each contest.

Posted on Tuesday 7 December 2010 07:14 and updated on Monday 31 January 2011 10:41
Mary Black will be coming back to Australia in March 2011. She will be at the Port Fairy Folk Festival March 11th -14th, in Melbourne on March 16th and in Sydney on March 17th. The venue and ticket information will be available shortly and there should be further dates added shortly as well.
Posted on Wednesday 1 December 2010 12:11 and updated on Monday 21 March 2011 11:18
Mary Black will be back at the Olympia in Dublin on 16, 17 and 18 June 2011. Tickets can now be bought via Ticket Master Ireland.
Posted on Wednesday 3 November 2010 09:35 and updated on Thursday 8 September 2011 11:46
Mary will be part of a Console Fundraising concert on 24 October in Vicar Street in aid of Console who provide professional counseling, support and helpline services to those affected or bereaved through suicide (www.console.ie). The artists performing with Mary are Brian Kennedy, Niamh Kavanahh, Declan O'Rourke, Fiach and Acabella.
Posted on Monday 18 October 2010 06:04 and updated on Saturday 27 November 2010 12:26
Listen to the online feed of the "Rathlin's Black History", a radio program by BBC Radio Ulster about the history of the Black Family on Rathlin Island including Mary Black (online feed available until 5 September).
Posted on Tuesday 31 August 2010 01:46 and updated on Monday 13 September 2010 06:41
Mary Black will be touring the US from 6 until 20 November. The exact dates will be announced soon.
Posted on Wednesday 2 June 2010 07:05 and updated on Saturday 27 November 2010 12:26
Mary returns to The Olympia Theatre in Dublin for 3 concerts on June 17th,18th and 19th. It's the first time Mary has performed there since 2006. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 11th March. Click here to purchase tickets.
Posted on Thursday 11 March 2010 07:02 and updated on Thursday 24 June 2010 05:57

After several successful meet and greets in Dingle in the past, we are now organizing a special meet and greet in Dublin on Sunday 20 June 2010. This year’s meeting is held in conjunction with three concerts on the preceding nights at the Olympia in Dublin. The meeting with Mary takes place on the MV Cill Airne, Dublin’s floating restaurant and bar on the Liffey.

Registration for this event has been closed. Tickets for the Olympia concerts can be bought at ticketmaster.ie

Hope to see you at the meet and greet in June.

Posted on Tuesday 9 March 2010 10:08 and updated on Thursday 24 June 2010 05:57
2009
We have just released another ten video's from the Twenty-five Years - Twenty-five Songs DVD. You can find them in the video section of the site. Every month another set of ten video's will be publically available.
Posted on Thursday 10 December 2009 09:07 and updated on Wednesday 12 October 2011 04:50
We have drawn the winners of the new site give-away:
  • The six signed Mary Black DVD's go to: Patrick Bonner (Scotland), Martin Sapsed (UK), Kevin McCorkle (USA), Thomas Pressel (USA), Corry Vogels (The Netherlands) and David den Engelsman (The Netherlands).
  • The Black Family - Our Time Together album signed by all members of the Black Family goes to: Paul Dolan (Ireland)
  • The Twenty-five Years - Twenty-five Songs Songbook goes to: Channa van Kuijen (The Netherlands)
  • The Katie (2008 Remix) Promo CD Single goes to: Stephen Francis (USA)
  • The three full tide posters go to: Simone Bassi (Italy), Linda Stock (France) and Jane Boon (The Netherlands)
Congratulations to all the winners. Your prize will be send to you as soon as possible.
Posted on Saturday 5 December 2009 10:24 and updated on Saturday 27 November 2010 12:27
We are happy to bring to you the new Mary Black Homepage. The website has undergone some major changes. Besides a new look, the main changes that have been made are:
  • The discography section now contains links to Mary's albums and songs on iTunes.
  • The YouTube video section contains ten videos taken from the Twenty-five Years - Twenty-five Songs DVD which you can watch using the videoplayer on this site. Each month another selection of ten videos from that DVD will be made available.
  • The sidebar on the right side of each page gives you an quick overview of the upcoming concerts and latest news. It also highlights an item available in the webshop and gives you direct access to one of the available videos.
  • You can now choose for yourself what visual theme to use when visiting this site. There are currently three themes available ("25 Years"," Full Tide" and "Babes in the Wood"), but more will follow soon. You can pick a theme using the selection box in the sidebar.
  • The music player - which can be activated from the sidebar - now contains two additional tracks: "The Real You" and a live recording of "Bless the Road".
  • Mary’s biography has been updated.
  • The photo galleries now not only allow you to browse through the available photos, but also gives you the option to watch a slideshow of those photos.
  • It is now easier to contact us via this site. In the contact section, you can choose what type of message you want to send, then enter in your message and it will automatically be send to the right person(s). You can also send Mary a message via the contact section.
  • The use of soundclips has been extended. You can now listen to a soundclip of all Mary’s songs throughout this site: from the track listings in the discography section and from the songs and lyrics section.

Notice that we are still working on transferring all data from the previous site. Not all items in the discography section and not all galleries have been transferred yet. This will be completed in the coming weeks. Also be aware that it may take some time before Google has updated their indexes, so the search function in the sidebar may not work in the first few weeks.

As this is a new site on a new host, it is possible that you will encounter some mistakes or problems. We apologize for any inconveniences that may cause you and hope that you will contact us about this so we can correct them.

We hope you will enjoy this new site. If you have any feedback (whether it being positive or negative), please contact us about it so we can use your feedback to improve the site further.

Posted on Wednesday 28 October 2009 09:46 and updated on Sunday 14 August 2011 02:46

I have just received information regarding a series of documentaries called “The Music Makers” on BBC1 Northern Ireland (thanks Dominique). Tomorrow night, October 7th 2009 will feature Mary Black. The broadcast starts at 22:45 GMT (British time) on BBC1 Northern Ireland.

More information about this program: Mike Edgar, Head of Entertainment and Events, BBC Northern Ireland and Executive Producer of The Music Makers says: “The Music Makers is a celebration of four of the very finest artists ever to come from this island. We have a very rich musical heritage and this series gives us the opportunity to share and explore the talents of four wonderful people.

This first series looks at the careers to date of Paul Brady, Mary Black, Neil Hannon, and Mary O’Hara, all of whom have achieved major success not only at home but also on the international stage. “Music and story telling is part of our DNA, a fact that we should be rightly proud of and our four guests will be telling us about their musical journey in their own words and, who knows, maybe some improvised performance. However, we will also be digging deep into BBC Northern Ireland’s archive to share some amazing footage compiled over four decades including some not-to-be-missed forgotten gems. I have to say I felt so privileged recently to sit with the producer of the series wading through tape after tape of live performances, many of which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

“On a lighter note, the haircuts and fashions may also put a smile on the faces of many of our viewers who lived through some of the moments that will feature in the series. For many of us music forms the soundtrack of our lives and if you love good music and people who can tell a great story The Music Makers is an ‘appointment to view’ television.”

For more information please visit the Music Makers Website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n5rc1

Posted on Tuesday 6 October 2009 06:16 and updated on Thursday 10 December 2009 09:08

Mary has recorded a song for Steve Martin's album "The Crow". Steve is a longtime fan of Mary's and he asked her to sing on a track he wrote "Calico Train". The album was produced by John McEuen. He wrote about the process on his MySpace blog: http://blogs.myspace.com/johnmceuen

Joe (Mary's manager) also wrote the following about this experience:

John sent the backing track to me along with Steve's lyrics and asked if Mary would be interested in recording a vocal - Mary liked the track and said she'd try it and see if it worked for her - it took a bit of work because it sounded more like a banjo instrumental than a song.

John brought the master to Dublin and we booked a session at The Cauldron Studios in Dublin just before Christmas. A few days before the recording Steve Martin called me and said he wanted to fly in for the recording and hook up with Mary - a bit of a shock to the system to get a call like that on my phone!

What a lovely guy Steve turned out to be and a genuine fan of Mary's from old - they hit it off really well. They had good fun in the studio and we all went for dinner after.

Finally Steve and John McEuen and a few friends said they'd like to go and hear some Irish music so we took them to The Cobblestone where there was a good session in progress and they joined in and played a few tunes on their banjos much to the surprise of the locals.

After about an hour and a half they had to leave to get their awaiting plane home - a memorable day!

Posted on Tuesday 3 February 2009 06:20 and updated on Monday 29 November 2010 10:37
2008

A new song book called Mary Black - Twenty-five Years - Twenty-five Songs - The Songbook has been released. This song book replaces the previous song book which is no longer available. The song book can also be bought via the web shop on this site.

Posted on Wednesday 3 December 2008 06:24 and updated on Wednesday 12 October 2011 04:50

Mary's new DVD with videos and performances from all over her twenty-five year career, entitled Twenty-five years - Twenty-five songs has been released on 31 October 2008. The title of the album is in line with the recently released compilation album. The full track list and cover of the album can be found here.

Posted on Monday 3 November 2008 06:26 and updated on Wednesday 12 October 2011 04:50