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Mary Black

Mary Black is a performer equally at home singing traditional Irish folk tunes and contemporary music including blues, rock, jazz, country, and soul. She was born into a musical family as the daughter of a fiddler and a singer. She started out professionally with her brother and sister in Dublin nightclubs and then performed with General Humbert, a folk group, until 1982 when she released her eponymous solo debut. The album made it to the Top Five on the Irish album charts and won the Irish Independent Arts Award for Music. At the invitation of Alec Finn, Black joined the band De Danann. A week later, she took part with them in the recording of Song for Ireland. She remained with De Danann for three years. In 1984, Black helped produce and sang backup on Black's Family Favourites. She was still performing with De Danann when she launched her solo career with the Declan Sinnott-produced, largely pop album Without the Fanfare. Many of the tracks went gold, and for both 1987 and 1988, she was named Best Female Artist in the Irish Rock Music Awards Poll. Black's music crossed the Atlantic in 1990 when her 1989 album No Frontiers debuted in the U.S. and climbed to the Top 20 of the New Adult Contemporary chart. It was also a top-seller in Ireland. That year Black began a successful concert tour of Japan. Though her music is firmly based in Irish tradition, Black was interested in performing all kinds of music, with influences that included Sandy Denny and the Fairport Convention as well as Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Bonnie Raitt. Throughout the '90s she continued to release a steady stream of albums, including 1991's Babes in the Wood, 1993's The Holy Ground, and her first American record, 1997's Shine, which found Black singing more-polished pop songs (though its follow-up, Speaking with the Angel, saw her return to folk). In 2005 Full Tide, which included a cover of Bob Dylan's "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" along with new tracks, came out in the U.K., and hit American soil the following year. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Stories From The Steeples

1. Marguerite And The Gambler

2. The Night Was Dark And Deep

3. Mountains To The Sea

4. Faith In Fate

5. Steady Breathing

6. Walking With My Love

7. All The Fine Young Men

8. The Night Is On Our Side

9. Lighthouse Light

10. Wizard Of Oz

11. One True Place

12. Fifi And The Flea

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Track List: Full Tide

1. The Land Of Love

2. Lay Down Your Weary Tune

3. Your Love

4. Don't Let Me Come Home A Stranger

5. The Real You

6. Stand Up

7. Full Moon

8. Straight As A Die

9. Siul A Run

10. St Kilda Again

11. To Make You Feel My Love

12. Data Track

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Track List: Speaking With The Angel

1. Turning Away

2. Cut By Wire

3. Don't Say Okay

4. Bless The Road

5. Broken Wings

6. Fall At Your Feet

7. Message Of Love

8. Moments

9. Speaking With The Angel

10. Big Trip To Portland

11. I Live Not Where I Love

12. Fields Of Gold

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Track List: Song For Ireland

1. Loving Hannah

2. Lea Boy's Lassie

3. School Days Over

4. Men Of Worth

5. Both Sides The Tweed

6. Coleannon (The Black Family)

7. The Shadow

8. My Donald

9. Ellis Island

10. The Holy Ground

11. Song For Ireland

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Track List: Shine

1. Shine

2. One And Only

3. Almost Gone

4. Nobody Lives Without Love

5. I Misunderstood

6. Trespass Shoes

7. I Will Be There

8. What Does It Matter

9. Beautiful

10. Late Night Radio

11. By The Hour

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Track List: Circus

1. The Circus

2. In A Dream

3. The Moon And St. Christopher

4. Wonder Child

5. All That Hammering

6. Donegal Breeze

7. A Stone's Throw From The Soul

8. Free As Stone

9. Roisin

10. Into The Blue

11. Gabriel

12. Raven In The Storm

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Track List: Looking Back

1. Soul Sister

2. No Frontiers

3. Summer Sent You

4. Columbus

5. Adam At The Window

6. Bright Blue Rose

7. Looking Forward

8. Only A Woman's Heart

9. Vanities

10. The Loving Time

11. Carolina Rua

12. Ellis Island

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Track List: The Holy Ground

1. Summer Sent You

2. One Way Donkey Ride

3. The Loving Time

4. Golden Thread

5. The Holy Ground (Trad.)

6. Treasure Island

7. The Holy Ground

8. Flesh And Blood

9. Dockland

10. Lay Down Your Burden

11. Paper Friends

12. Poison Words

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Track List: Babes In The Wood

1. Still Believing

2. Bright Blue Rose

3. Golden Mile

4. Babes In The Wood

5. The Thorn Upon The Rose

6. Brand New Star

7. Prayer For Love

8. Adam At The Window

9. The Dimming Of The Day

10. Might As Well Be A Slave

11. Just Around The Corner

12. The Urge For Going

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Track List: No Frontiers

1. No Frontiers

2. Past The Point Of Rescue

3. The Shadow

4. Carolina Rua

5. Shuffle Of The Buckled

6. Columbus

7. Another Day

8. Fat Valley Of Pain

9. I Say A Little Prayer

10. Vanities

11. The Fog In Monterey

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Track List: Collected

1. Song For Ireland

2. Mo Ghile Mear

3. Men Of Worth

4. Fare Thee Well My Own True Love

5. She Moves Through The Fair

6. Both Sides The Tweed

7. Hard Times

8. I Live Not Where I Love

9. Isle Of St. Helena

10. My Youngest Son Came Home Today

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Track List: By The Time It Gets Dark

1. By The Time It Gets Dark

2. School Days Over

3. Once In A Very Blue Moon

4. Farewell, Farewell

5. Sparks Might Fly

6. Katie

7. Leaving The Land

8. There Is A Time

9. Jamie

10. Leaboys Lassie

11. Trying To Get The Balance Right

12. Moon River

13. Don't Explain

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Track List: Without The Fanfare

1. There's A Train That Leaves Tonight

2. State Of Heart

3. Nightime

4. The Crow On The Cradle

5. Greatest Dream

6. The Water Is Wide

7. Ellis Island

8. Strange Thing

9. Without The Fanfare

10. As I Leave Behind Neidin

11. Diamond Days

12. Going Gone

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Track List: Mary Black

1. Rose Of Allendale

2. Lovin' You

3. Loving Hannah

4. My Donald

5. Crusader

6. Anachie Gordon

7. Home

8. God Bless The Child

9. Rare's Hill

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eidson54
I truly enjoy this music
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Incidentally , Bob Dylan did not write this. My mom used to sing it to me when I was 5.
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The title of the song is COLcannon. It is an Irish delicacy, if you want to call it that.
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saef
Beautiful singing and haunting harmony ! ;)
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My wife and I saw her perform in Chicago a month ago. A wonderful life memory.
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We like Mary Black!
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joyfull403
You know Bob Dylan wrote this? Really great singer.
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What''s the use being Irish if you don't know the world will break your heart.
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boogiespeed
one of the finest clearest prettiest voices in the history of all mankind... (Okaaaay,... Wo-man-kind ;- )

Love ya Mary, G'bless you and yourn
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GREAT VOICE!

MARK
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Adele sung this before
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truely a fine artist..I am moved...
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Grew up listening to her music - when I was 6, I claimed my family's copy of Speaking With The Angels as mine and refused to listen to anything else for months. She is such a star and remains as one of my favorite musical artists.
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myerspeter
This music makes me feel jiggly inside
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She has a beautiful voice and when I hear it, I collapse!!!
Sean Cunningham
Sligo
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rroyoxcart6
Her music and songs, put you into a completely different time space, I
love every thing she sings.
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I always feel good after listening to her voice.
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amyriderone
wish she would do a PBS special
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dianadyermsr d
Wow - for that first minute hearing Mary Black sing The Holy Ground, I thought I was listening to Joan Baez. I could listen to both of those women forever and never tire of their voices.
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A few years ago, she was in the US and played a concert with the Black Family (coincidence brought their other groups, at the same time). She sang her songs, along with trad. Irish songs, sweet memories. One of my favorites, forever and ever... that's all :)
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I must have some Irish in me....I just keep coming back to hear Mary. Some of the music can bring tears to my eyes!
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My first exposure to Mary Black's music was with the album Babes in the Wood, and I fell in love with her music. I was not able to locate any other ablums after that. Now, I have rediscovered her and look forward to going through her discography - it will be a wonderful treat!
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boogiespeed
one of the clearest melodious voices I have ever had the pleasure of listening to...

Makes me PROUD to be 'part Irish'!

Thank you Mary... God Bless you and Keep you.
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I can't understand a single beautiful word of it. And I can't turn it off.
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jegan757
You know, I lost track of my Mary Black CDs but I couldn't get her music out of my head. I'm so glad to have found her again. She is remarkable.
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vegasedmc
Mary's a moving, inspirationa l singer that rings true to me.
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karimoran
Mary Black's voice is as stong and true as her countenance. . . a stirring singer from
the Emerald Isle of my ancestors :)
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A Mary Black concert in a very small venue in SF was a birthday present from some special friends way back when....she brings back special memories, a beautiful trip to Ireland chasing "trad music" in 1995, and thoughts of friends many miles away. What a beautiful voice!!
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sbreef24
:)
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As much as I like Mary Black, James M Douglas is right on. What a beautiful song. After 20 years of listening to Mary Black, nothing gets old or tiresome. Wonderful... a n d would love to hear live. (I am almost a "groupie" without ever seeing a concert, but owning lots of CD's...all worth it, excepting maybe Circus).
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corvette61
Just discovered this great voice and sound. Sends me into a private universe.
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"Fields Of Gold" by Mary Black is very good but she is not as good as Eva Cassidy who owns that song..worth hearing more from Mary Black..Thank s Pandora
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gaelgurl
If you have a chance to see Mary Black in concert, do it! She's an awesome singer and artist. Unlike American artists, the performers of Irish/Scotti s h music are more than happy to meet and greet fans at their concerts! LOVE this station and the music presented here!
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info3118
I love the classic folk - is there a way to create a radio station of just her traditional songs? Thanks!
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Very good voice, a little glimpse of her beauty.
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I am a professional singer with a variety of different genres of music that I sing. I have over a 4 octave voice and have almost perfect pitch.

It's wonderful to find another singer that is so excellent and professional , gentle, moving and modern-day.

all I can say is wow!
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Song for Ireland, Speaking with the Angel, as well as others can take you to places you always wanted to visit but didn't even know. A special thank you to an artist who has made life better for many by her beautiful music (most of which I have purchased and enjoyed for years). Tell others!
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asal.yazdi
i love this music!
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I always wondered what would Fairies do in human form....and then I heard Mary Black....
MoonShadow9
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pbossert9
I have often taken comfort in the lyrics of "Speaking With the Angel." The content describes my beautiful autistic daughter, Rebecca. Thank you Mary! (For sure, I now have all your albums :-) l.Paula
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jsalamone328
Her "Song for Ireland" will move you.
It will take you to a wonderful place in your mind.

J.Salamone
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I had the pleasure of seeing (and hearing) Mary Black in concert once. I sat spellbound by that voice the entire evening. I agree, Meara....she is AMAZING!!!!!
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smokeyoke
Please play more of this lady on my Pandors...Sm o k e y o k e '
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mearafayak
She is AMAZING!!!!! ! ! her voice and the meaning of the words WOW

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