Mary Coughlan is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. “Her lifestory gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The Guardian
Mary said, “I Iove love love Australia. I honestly think about it most days! I’m so looking forward to being back down under and this whole tour. It’ll be great to be back and these shows are very special to me.”
Her seminal first album Tired and Emotional rocketed her to overnight fame in 1985, and fifteen albums later, her ability to deeply connect with both the song & her audience remains undiminished, a testament to her inner strength and to the power of transformation & redemption. Mary live is in a league of her own, her glorious husky voice pulling every ounce of emotion from the music. This is the real thing, sung from the depths of a woman’s heart and soul, a survivor who (to paraphrase Leonard Cohen’s famous words) “was born with the gift of a golden voice.” This is why she is so loved. As The Observer rightly said, “Mary Coughlan’s talent is awesome.”
Resonant with the grief of Billie Holiday, the soul of Van Morrison and the defiance of Edith Piaf, to hear Mary sing is to be at the core of the human heart.
She’ll be with us soon, here in Oz. Aren’t we lucky?
“A song is not complete unless it has been sung by Mary Coughlan.” — Melody Maker
Witness Mary Coughlan live at:
Paddington RSL Club, 8PM, Saturday12 May, 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington NSW
16 MAY WEDNESDAY – Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub, 7.30PM,135 George Street, Bathurst, NSW
19 MAY SATURDAY – Petersham Bowling Club, 8PM, 77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW 2049
20 MAY, SUNDAY – Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St, Weston ACT 2611
29 MAY, TUESDAY – The JazzLab, 8PM, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick, Melbourne Victoria
7 JUNE, THURSDAY – Perth Fly By Night , 7.30PM, Victoria Hall Building, 179 High Street, Freemantle WA
8 JUNE, FRIDAY – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, 7:30PM, The Boardwalk, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah WA