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New Solo Release from Mary’s Guitarist - Bill Shanley

New Solo Release from Mary’s Guitarist - Bill Shanley

My gifted long time guitar player and friend Bill Shanley has just released a new solo album "Midnight Mission".
His talents go beyond guitar playing as a writer, arranger and producer.
This is evident in this wonderful piece of work which I highly recommend.
Give it a listen.

Mary

Links to all the digital releases of the album can be found at https://BillShanley.lnk.to/iLp52.

You can order vinyl and CD at https://cauldronmusic.bigcartel.com/…/midnight-mission-vinyl

New 5 part RTÉ TV series to choose Ireland’s favourite folk song, presented by Mary, and launched on The Late Late Show

New 5 part RTÉ TV series to choose Ireland’s favourite folk song, presented by Mary, and launched on The Late Late Show

Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song, launched on the Late Late Show on Jan. 18th, is a brand new RTÉ series and national campaign to identify and celebrate the songs that define us as a people.

“Folk music is in my blood. Many of these songs have shaped and defined my life. So I’m excited to be part of a conversation that celebrates our rich folk-song heritage” Mary Black

Throughout the centuries, folk music has immortalised the real, live experiences of the citizens who have lived on, or passed through this island. Ireland has a vast archive of beautiful folk songs, both in English and in Irish, which its citizens draw on in times of joy and sorrow, to entertain, or to capture big personal or historic moments. Many of these songs have been passed down through families for generations. Some of these songs were written by Irish people, some brought in from other cultures, but what sets folk music apart is that it captures the eternal stories, hopes and struggles of ordinary people.

And every one of us has a favourite: a song we sing at family events and get-togethers, or a song that is dear to us. And now RTÉ is asking the people of Ireland to tell us what their favourite songs are, and why.

Between now and 8th February, we’re asking you to log onto www.rte.ie/culture, click on the Nominate section and tell us what your favourite folk song is – and why you love it. It can be a love song, a political song, a song about nature, life, loss, emigration, whatever. It can be in Irish or in English. It can be an Irish song or an international folk song that we have taken to our hearts as a people. As long as it’s a folk song, and you love it, then it’s eligible for consideration.

Once we’ve gathered your nominations, an independent jury of music lovers and experts – see list below - will review the list and put together a shortlist of ten folk songs they feel best capture the public’s favourites, but also the spirit and story of Ireland. On 19th April, RTÉ will announce the 10 shortlisted folk songs to the nation in a special edition of The Ronan Collins Show on RTÉ Radio 1. Over the following five weeks, people will be invited to discuss the songs and tell us which one is their favourite of the 10.

To help people to make an informed choice, a brand new 5-part series, Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song, presented by internationally acclaimed Irish singer and folk legend Mary Black, begins on RTÉ One on 21st April. Each episode will tell the story behind two of the shortlisted songs. Audiences will be also able to discover more about each song across RTÉ Radio 1 and on rte.ie/culture.

The song chosen by you as the nation’s best-loved folk song will be announced live on The Late Late Show in May 2019.

We hope the public will embrace the spirit of this campaign, which is to celebrate one of the things we do best - and inspire the nation to sing, perform and love folk music.

For further information on the project and the selection process, please go to www.rte.ie/culture.

Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol Concert 2018

Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol Concert 2018

Mary will perform at the 10th annual Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol concert which is taking place on Saturday December 8th in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 7:30 pm. Mary will be joined by The Speak Up Sing Out Youth Choir and The Dublin Male Voice Choir. The Peter McVerry Trust is a charity set up by Fr Peter McVerry to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. Tickets can be bought at https://www.pmvtrust.ie/product/carol-concert-tickets/.

Mary returns to Utrecht (NL) in June 2019

Mary returns to Utrecht (NL) in June 2019

Mary is happy to announce a return to Tivoli Vredenburg on June 1st 2019 - “We had such a great night in Tivoli in Utrecht earlier this year and so many people said ‘you’ve got to make it a yearly event’. With that in mind, we decided we should come back again next year - looking forward to this weekend already!"

London Concert May 2019

London Concert May 2019

Due to increasing demands from fans in the UK Mary is happy to announce a concert in London’s O2 Empire on May 31st 2019. Tickets to go on sale shortly for one night only.

Vicar Street Concerts Rescheduled

Vicar Street Concerts Rescheduled

I’m so sorry to say that Mary is not well enough to perform this weekend in Vicar St.(20th and 21st April). She is very upset at having to reschedule these concerts but has no alternative as she is extremely weak after her spell in hospital. She has been strongly advised by her doctors to rest and be well enough to complete the rest of the tour. The dates have been postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 24th and 25th.

Again, sincere apologies to all who have been inconvenienced by this.

Joe O’Reilly (management)

Killarney and Waterford concerts rescheduled

Killarney and Waterford concerts rescheduled

"I am so sorry to have to postpone two gigs this weekend - at the INEC, Killarney and the Woodlands Hotel in Waterford. I was sick last weekend but I managed to get through two concerts on Friday and Saturday night. However my health has gotten progressively worse and this week the doctor told me I have shingles as well as a throat and ear infection! I’m very disappointed to let people down this weekend but there’s no way I can sing and I’m confined to bed for the next while. To all the people who bought tickets I’m happy to say that we have just rescheduled for July 20th and 21st and I hope this is not too much of an inconvenience.” Mary

Thom Moore

Thom Moore

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Thom Moore last weekend (March 17th).

Thom was a truly gifted songwriter with a beautiful golden voice. I remember back in 1989 when we were on the last day of recording the album ‘No Frontiers’ and Thom walked into the studio saying he had some songs. He took out his guitar and sang ‘Carolina Rua’ and ‘ The Fog in Monterey’. We were mesmerised and realised instantly that the album wasn’t finished - both songs were recorded by us later that day!

I will be forever grateful for those songs and the many more songs of his I recorded since then. His lyrics had such wisdom and truth alongside clever melodic tunes that stay with you long after the song is finished. He is another great loss to Irish music and musicians.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Mary

Derry O'Connor

Derry O'Connor

Collage of cover's designed by Derry O'Connor

"It was with great sadness that I received the news last week of the sudden death of a dear friend and colleague, Derry (Dermot) O’Connor (The Brand Idea). He was responsible for the design of most of my album covers over the last 20 years. He was a talented graphic designer but also had a passion for music and always put his heart and soul into every project. My heart and sympathies go out to his wife Pat and two daughters, Julie and Lisa and to all his family. We will miss Derry greatly both professionally and as a friend.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam - RIP”

Mary

"Mary Black Sings Jimmy MacCarthy" album release

"Mary Black Sings Jimmy MacCarthy" album release

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.