A Woman's Heart
Mary Black has one lingering regret about the success of "A Woman's Heart ". It meant that she lost Eleanor McEvoy from her backing band. "That was the only downside. She got a great record deal and left".
Mary Black has one lingering regret about the success of "A Woman's Heart". It was Mary who suggested that DARA records should record Eleanor McEvoy for the compilation and so introduce a new talent along with the other well established artists. However, this meant that she lost Eleanor from her band. "That was the only down side. She got a great record deal with Geffen and I'm happy for her". But that setback has hardly hindered the career of the singer who was already Irish music's leading lady of song. "No one dreamed the record would be so successful and it certainly didn't do me any harm. Having said that, the best part of it was just to be involved with so many god singers and songs".
Mary, who has seven solo albums to her name, spent many years immersed in the rich world of traditional based Irish folk music, three of them with De Dannan, but would not like to be described as simply a folk singer. While she has drawn a lot from her background in traditional music and singing she has also been strongly influenced by more contemporary American singers such as Billy Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt.