Mary Coughlan’s Australian tour is kicking off at the end of February through to March.
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 hersolf, 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.”
Australian Tour Dates:
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.
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 life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” – The Guardian
Mary is our greatest female singer because 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, like jewels dripping from the deep, strewn on black velvet.
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.
Here’s a great clip of her performance of ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’:
“A song is not complete unless it has been sung by Mary Coughlan.” Melody Maker
Tickets and event info:
Foundry Friday https://foundry616.com.au/product/22-feb-mary-coughlan/
Foundry Saturday https://foundry616.com.au/product/23-feb-mary-coughlan/
Gardens of Unearthly Delights https://www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au/what-s-on/mary-coughlan-ireland
Caravan Club Oakleigh https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=463142
Port Fairy Festival https://www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/tickets/