Mary Coughlan is live and kicking and coming to Australia for dates in February and March 2019 and bringing her most recent album ‘Live And Kicking’ with her!
Mary 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 life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The Guardian
This year has been a big one for with plenty of gigs and a brand new sold out theatre show in Dublin. Even the President of Ireland attended to see her life story played out by an ensemble of actors and of course, Mary herself, on stage in ‘Woman Undone’.
Mary is excited to return, saying, “I Iove love love Australia. I honestly think about it most days! I’m so looking forward to being back down under and the whole Live and Kicking tour.”
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.
Here’s a dropbox link to Mary’s most recent number one single in Ireland: https://www.dropbox.com/s/13vq3g0sk2bp765
Here’s a great youtube video of her performance of ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’: https://youtu.be/8B_1JpK7OHw
“A song is not complete unless it has been sung by Mary Coughlan.”
– Melody Maker
WED 20 — Irish Club, ACT
FRI 22 & SAT 23 — Foundry 616, Sydney
SUN 24 — Spiegeltent, Adelaide
THURS 28 — Fyrefly, St Kilda, Melbourne
FRI 1 — Caravan Music Club, Melbourne
FRI 8, SAT 9, SUN 10 — Port Fairy Folk Fest, Vic
For Interviews/photos/sounds please email
Karen@karenconradpublicity.com or ring 0400 527 365.
This is a RoadSong/Laing Entertainment Tour.