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Mary Coughlan at Caedmon Hall, Gateshead
December 9, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm£14
Mary Coughlan is one of our greatest female singers. At over ten albums she’s made the most mature, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish songwriting, shaken them and offered them up new, like jewels dripping from the deep, strewn on black velvet.
Throughout Mary’s quite extraordinary recording career she has drawn from her legendary heroes: Billie Holiday’s grievous, teary outpourings, the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison’s soulful wails, the defiant chanteusery of Edith Piaf.
The stage is where Mary survives – in front of a handful or a thousands people, she emotes, purges, atones, reminisces, eulogises and laments, and you can’t hear the very best until you’ve heard her story recited in every note.
Support from Kari Macleod.