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Mary Black

For over a quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. Mary has released 11 studio albums all of which achieved platinum sales status and spawned countless hits. She has shared stages, TV shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a front-line role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience.

This year sees Mary back at her best with her much anticipated first studio album in 6 years - Stories from the Steeples!

Having previously performed with Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Van Morrison, Mary’s new album also includes three new collaborations. In addition to duetting with Imelda May on ‘Mountains To The Sea’, Mary sings with Janis Ian on ‘Lighthouse Light’ and with Finbar Furey on ‘Walking With My Love’.

Mary Black has been championing burgeoning Irish talent throughout her career. Her new album ‘Stories From The Steeples’ is no exception – the album features three songs from up and coming young songwriter Danny O’Reilly, ‘Marguerite and the Gambler’ by Ricky Lynch, as well as interpretations of songs by Eric Bogle (the anti-war ‘All The Fine Young Men’) and Ry Cavanaugh’s ‘Lighthouse Light’.

In an industry noted for its fickleness and its almost insatiable need for fresh novelties Mary Black’s enduring successes have proven that her depth of talent and her love of singing transcend the generations, as well as national and musical boundaries too. She is indeed a real Irish treasure and her talent a gift from this small island to a grateful world.

Praise for ‘Stories from the Steeples’

“Black has achieved the perfect meld”

Mojo (4 stars)

 

“Whilst it’s as carefully produced as the finest confectionary, there are no soft centres to this album – Album of the Week”

The Independent

 

“Stories from the Steeples finds Black back in the best form of her career. Her voice is as strong and sensitive as ever…. It’s a cathedral of sound, subdued and strong”

Sydney Morning Herald/The Melbourne Age (4 Stars)

 

“Her first album of new material in 6 years … it’s been worth the wait”

Scottish Daily Express