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End of the Mary Black iOS App

End of the Mary Black iOS App

We have decided to stop working on the Mary Black iOS app as the new website works well on both iOS and Android devices and offers the same (and even more) functionality than the iOS app. It is also a lot of work and costs some money to keep both the website and the iOS app updated. The app will remain in the App Store until 15 July after which it will be removed.

ALTERNATIVE
If you want you can still have easy access to the Mary Black website from your home screen on iOS to the website as if it were an app. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to Safari on your iOS device and go to the homepage of the Mary Black website at https://www.mary-black.net
  2. Click on the share button (on iPhone it is the center icon on the bottom bar. On iPad you can find it as the first of the 3 icons at the right side of the top bar).
  3. Choose “Add to Homescreen” (or your language’s version of it).
  4. You can then rename it as you see fit (I suggest to just name it Mary Black and remove the default “- Frontpage” text).
  5. Then press “Add”.

You now have an icon on your home screen that will automatically take you to the Mary Black website.

This may also be possible on some Android devices but how that is done differs for each brand so I suggest to just try to find an option in your Android browser that adds it to the home screen.

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.