Mary Coughlan - Life Stories
Mary Coughlan is arguably the greatest female singer to have emerged from Ireland in recent times. Whether you’re into folk, blues or jazz, you can’t fail to be moved by the emotional depth, expression and power in her voice, forged from an extraordinary life. To hear Mary sing is truly to be at the core of the human heart. Throughout 30 years of her quite extraordinary life and recording career, Mary has drawn heavily from her legendary heroes: the grievous, teary outpourings of Billie Holiday (to whom she devoted a double album of her songs), the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison’s soulful wails and the defiant chanteusery of Edith Piaf. In June 2020, in recognition of Mary’s achievements and immense impact on the culture and arts community in Galway City, the Mayor, Mike Cubbard presented her with a 2020 lifetime achievement award. Her new album ‘Life Stories’ (released Sept 2020) was mostly written and recorded by Pete Glenister and Mary Coughlan at No Name Studio.
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"The emotional purity in Mary Coughlan’s songs is so fragile that it is possible to become inconsolable when listening to her in a darkened room." Q Magazine
"A song is not complete unless it has been sung by Mary Coughlan." Melody Maker
"Dubbed as Ireland’s Billie Holiday, Mary is a jazz & blues singer whose life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives." The Guardian