Mary Black

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For the last quarter-century, Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad, releasing close to twenty best-selling albums and winning flocks of awards, including Best Female Artist from the Irish Recorded Music Awards four times, Best Female Folk Artist from Irish Music Magazine three times, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Post. She has... more

For the last quarter-century, Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad, releasing close to twenty best-selling albums and winning flocks of awards, including Best Female Artist from the Irish Recorded Music Awards four times, Best Female Folk Artist from Irish Music Magazine three times, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Post. She has recorded and performed with Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez, and Van Morrison, not to mention a host of Irish traditional musicians and singers, as well as with her siblings and her children. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as “one of the best interpretative singers around.”

Mary grew up in a musical family. Her father was a fiddler, her mother a singer, and her brothers had their own musical group called The Black Brothers. She had her first hit in the early 80s, made two acclaimed albums with the legendary Irish folk group De Danann, and achieved international success with her next solo album, By the Time It Gets Dark in 1987. Her new album, Stories from the Steeples, named for the Dublin studio where it was recorded, “demonstrates an artist in full command of her bewitching vocal prowess,” says Folking.com. “A welcome return for one of contemporary folk music’s finest voices and most original stylists,” says allmusic.com. The British magazine What Hi-Fi? considers Mary’s voice to be so pure that they use it for comparing the sound quality of different high fidelity systems.

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