Mary a marvel in Mermaid concert

Published 19/02/2014|05:22

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Renowned singer Mary Coughlan returned to the Mermaid Arts Centre last Friday night to perform on home turf.

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Renowned singer Mary Coughlan returned to the Mermaid Arts Centre last Friday night to perform on home turf.

The Galway native is an adopted daughter of Bray, having lived in the area for the last number of decades.

Her darkly intense performance style is well suited to Mermaid's black-box theatre with Mary drawing on her cast of legendary heroes to deliver a passionate and emotive gig.

Over her 25-year career Mary has been influenced in equal measure by Billie Holiday's grievous, teary outpourings, the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison's soulful wails and the defiant chanteusery of Edith Piaf.

She also sings with a naked honesty which is most evident in the live and intimate setting. Each of the songs she chooses so carefully tells a story and expresses the pain, or joy, of its singer.

Her formidable repertoire of music spans the genres from jazz to folk and weaves effortlessly through the tapestry of human emotion, with songs ranging from 'I Can't Make You Love Me,' to 'Magdalene Laundry,' or 'Double Cross,' to 'I'd Rather Go Blind,' 'Ride On,' and more.

She'll be performing a series of gigs in London next month, but a crowd of locals took their seats in the Mermaid Theatre last Friday night to be entertained by a lady whom they have called 'neighbour' for many years.

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