UK tour dates in June and new single in July
Widely regarded as one of the most important vocalists of her generation, legendary award winning Irish musician Mary Black returns for her first UK tour in 6 years. Beginning at London’s Union Chapel on June 6th Mary’s vocals will be filling venues in Birmingham and Gateshead before the final show at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. “It’s been far too long since I’ve toured the UK and I am delighted that we’re getting the opportunity to tour there again. I’m really looking forward to it.”
June 6th: Union Chapel, London
June 7th: Birmingham Town Hall
June 8th: Gateshead Sage
June 9th: Manchester RNCM Theatre
‘The Night Is On Our Side’
New Single Released 2nd July 2012
On Blix Street Records
Mary Black’s new single ‘The Night Is on Our Side’, written by her son Danny O’Reilly oozes upbeat melodious grace. The song is taken from her acclaimed album ‘Stories From The Steeples and is due for release on 2nd July 2012.
“It’s all about the songs – each hand-picked and worthy and Black’s interpretive touch.” – Mojo ****
In addition to working with great songwriters from all across the world, Mary Black has been championing burgeoning Irish talent throughout her career. Her new album ‘Stories From The Steeples’ – her first in 6 years – is no exception. The album features three songs from up and coming young songwriter Danny O’Reilly, ‘Marguerite and the Gambler’ by Ricky Lynch, as well as interpretations of songs by Eric Bogle (the anti-war ‘All The Fine Young Men’) and Ry Cavanaugh’s ‘Lighthouse Light’.
“There are some superb folk songs here.” – Sunday Express
Having previously performed with Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Van Morrison, Mary’s new album also includes three collaborations with new artists. In addition to duetting with Imelda May on ‘Mountains To The Sea’, Mary sings with Janis Ian on ‘Lighthouse Light’ while her collaboration with Finbar Furey on ‘Walking With My Love’ is “a song that always makes me smile” and was donated to a special EP for the Alzheimer Café Initiative.
‘’Each of the 11 tracks on her 16th album has a distinct narrative, Black’s rich voice is the real star of this intricate, largely acoustic collection of mandolins and banjos." – Belfast Telegraph
“The Irish Folk singer returns with a tasteful collection of songs and guests including
Imelda May and Janis Ian.”- Live Magazine