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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.

Mary

 

 

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

You can now order the By The Time It Gets Dark 30th Anniversary Edition in the webshop on this site.

At the moment, only the CD can be ordered. The vinyl version will be released at a later date.

Posted on Sunday 2 April 2017 01:47 and updated on Sunday 2 April 2017 10:11

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.

Mary

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.

Mark

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

We have arranged a deal with a hotel near the venue for those fans who need or want to stay overnight after the special concert in Utrecht. You don't need to take part in the meet and greet to make use of this deal. All details regarding this hotel deal can be found on the meet and greet page.

Posted on Friday 31 March 2017 05:48 and updated on Friday 31 March 2017 05:48

As you may know, Mary Black will be performing for a special one-off concert in Utrecht (The Netherlands) on Saturday 24 February 2018. Afterwards, there will be a special backstage meet and greet where you can talk to Mary, other fans and probably some band members. Registration for this meet and greet is now open. For all the details please visit the meet and greet page.

The response for the meet and greet has been immense and we reached the maximum number of participants in a day. If you are interested, you can still contact us and we will put you on a reserve list. If anyone cancels or we are able to increase the number of participants, we will use this reserve list.

Those who can attend this meet and greet will be asked to create a set list for what they would perceive as their perfect Mary Black concert. We will combine the set lists of all attendees which Mary has agreed to use as inspiration for that concert's actual set list. More details about this can also be found on the meet and greet page

Posted on Friday 31 March 2017 05:46 and updated on Sunday 9 April 2017 11:48

"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"

Tickets for the concert will go on sale starting 10:00 on Saturday 18 February 2017 at http://tiv.re/24feb-MaryBlack or via Ticketmaster (NL) and Ticketmaster (EN)

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

Posted on Friday 17 February 2017 10:27 and updated on Friday 17 February 2017 10:48

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.

Posted on Wednesday 17 February 2016 07:30 and updated on Wednesday 17 February 2016 07:37

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" is now available in hardcover and paperback. A note from Mary about how the book came about:

'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'

 

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:35 and updated on Wednesday 13 May 2015 07:09

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

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:34 and updated on Wednesday 12 November 2014 06:17

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