5th April 2018
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
- Band Onstage 9pm
Mary Coughlan is our greatest female singer because over thirty-three years and sixteen 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.
But this is not why Mary Coughlan is the greatest female vocalist these islands have ever produced. It’s not even why she stands alongside, or even between, the bruised, battered but unbeaten giants of jazz chanson on both sides of the Atlantic, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary Coughlan is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her voice.
So greatly did Mary’s voice and interpretive style stand out on her album and at her live performances that the critics compared Mary to almost every major American and European singer when she released her first album ‘Tired and Emotional’. However as one critic said “…while the comparisons have run the gamut from Billie Holiday to Janis Joplin, it is certain that Mary’s voice is her own.”
– London Observer
Doors 8 pm.
Band Onstage 9 pm
Venue: Raheen House Hotel