MARY COUGHLAN | Mermaid Arts, Bray

06
/ Oct
Friday
2017

MARY COUGHLAN | Mermaid Arts, Bray

Location
Bray
Venue
Mermaid Arts Centre
Time
8pm
Price
€22.50
Status
ON SALE

The grief of Billie Holiday, the soul of Van Morrison and the defiance of Edith Piaf..
MARY COUGHLAN AND HER MUSICIANS

Friday 6 October
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
www.mermaidartscentre.ie | (01) 272 4030

“Ireland has never produced a singer quite like Mary Coughlan” The Irish Times
“Her talent is awesome” The London Observer
“A song is not complete unless it is sung by Mary Coughlan” Melody Maker
“Mary’s live performances must be seen to be believed” New Music Express

Mary Coughlan and her band are bringing her new show to Irish venues nationwide this autumn. It is a celebration of Mary’s 30 plus years in the music business. Mary Coughlan’s music career has been a roller coaster, one hell of a ride, and this concert will reflect that. It will feature all the songs that are close to Mary’s heart and life.

Mary Coughlan has often been described as the greatest female vocalist and interpreter of songs that Ireland has ever produced. She proudly stands alongside the iconic giants of jazz on both sides of the Atlantic – Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary Coughlan is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her unique voice. She is unique in blending the whisky-blurred, smoke-seared, husky notes and laconic wit of Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee and the line of deep, down and dirty blues singers back to Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith with the sardonic, bitter-sweet defiance and despair of the Piaf And Mary Coughlan delivers it all in a delicious and unapologetic Irish drawl, sceptical, rueful, mournful and melting, ardent for love, all in one voice which wraps itself around Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, Elvis Presley and Joy Division.

Over twenty-five years, and ten albums, she’s made the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew. She sings in the voice of the wrong and wronged woman and she makes us think what it is men make of women and what women have to do to make do. She has just one other forebear in the pretty pallid parade of female pop artists, just one other woman whose bruised, haunted voice could find and enjoy the inconsolable longing and loss in a three minute pop song: Dusty Springfield.

NATIONWIDE TOUR:

Fri 8 September
Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom
www.macroom.ie | 026 41174 or 087 1663395

Sat 9 September
Mill Theatre, Dundrum
www.milltheatre.ie | (01) 296 9340

Thurs 14 September
Draíocht, Blanchardstown
www.draiocht.ie | (01) 885 2622

Fri 15 September
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
www.paviliontheatre.ie | (01) 231 2929

Sat 16 September
Visual Arts Centre, Carlow
www.visualcarlow.ie | (059) 917 2400

Fri 22 September
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
www.tht.ie | (091) 569 777

Sat 23 September
An Grianán, Letterkenny
www.angrianan.com | (074) 912 0777

Sun 24 September
Civic Theatre, Tallaght
www.civictheatre.ie | (01) 462 7477

Fri 29 September
Backstage Theatre, Longford
www.backstage.ie | (043) 334 7888

Fri 6 October
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
www.mermaidartscentre.ie | (01) 272 4030

Sat 7 October
Iontas, Castleblayney
www.iontascastleblayney.ie | (042) 975 3400

Sun 8 October
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
www.birrtheatre.com | (057) 912 2911

Sat 14 October
Town Hall, Westport
www.westporttheatre.com | (098) 28459

Fri 20 October
St Michael’s Theatre, New Ross
www.stmichaelsnewross.com | (051) 421 255

Sat 21 October
Venue Theatre, Ratoath
www.venuetheatre.ie | (01) 689 5600

Thurs 26 October
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
www.dunamaise.ie | (057) 866 3355

Fri 27 October
Roscommon Arts Centre
www.roscommonartscentre.ie | 090 662 5824

Fri 3 November
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
www.siamsatire.com | (066) 712 3055