MARY COUGHLAN | Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire

/ Sep

MARY COUGHLAN | Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire
Pavilion Theatre
08:00 pm

The grief of Billie Holiday, the soul of Van Morrison and the defiance of Edith Piaf..

Fri 15 September
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire | (01) 231 2929

“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.


Fri 8 September
Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom | 026 21174

Sat 9 September
Mill Theatre, Dundrum | (01) 296 9340

Thurs 14 September
Draíocht, Blanchardstown | (01) 885 2622

Fri 15 September
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire | (01) 231 2929

Sat 16 September
Visual Arts Centre, Carlow | (059) 917 2400

Fri 22 September
Town Hall Theatre, Galway | (091) 569 777

Sat 23 September
An Grianán, Letterkenny | (074) 912 0777

Sun 24 September
Civic Theatre, Tallaght | (01) 462 7477

Fri 29 September
Backstage Theatre, Longford | (043) 334 7888

Fri 6 October
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray | (01) 272 4030

Sat 7 October
Iontas, Castleblayney | (042) 975 3400

Sun 8 October
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre | (057) 912 2911

Sat 14 October
Town Hall, Westport | (098) 28459

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

Sat 21 October
Venue Theatre, Ratoath | (01) 689 5600

Thurs 26 October
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise | (057) 866 3355

Fri 27 October
Roscommon Arts Centre | 090 662 5824

Fri 3 November
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee | (066) 712 3055