Cross Cultural Music, Song & Dance on the banks of the Bann.

Mary Black

Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad, for close to 40 years. She has shared stages, television shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience.

At a time when less adventurous performers preferred to stick exclusively to the well-worn ballads from Ireland’s rich music heritage and the more obvious hits from contemporary writers, Mary explored the best work available from new composers and mined the rich seams they offered. That commitment to fresh material, combined with her unique interpretations of the songs she chooses, saw her release numerous albums that achieved platinum sales status and spawned countless hits. In addition to the acclaim and awards that Mary has attained over the years she has also won the esteem of her fellow artists.  Indeed, many of them have recorded and performed live with her, including Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez and Van Morrison, not to mention a host of Irish musicians and singers.

Mary recently released her Autobiography entitled ‘Down the Crooked Road’ and a compilation album as ‘Soundtrack’ to the book.

Mary’s first visit to the festival will be a show not to be missed!!!

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