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Mary Coughlan: Ronnie Scotts gigs!

September 20, 2010 by  

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Mary Coughlan: Ronnie Scotts gigs!

Mary Coughlan TWO NIGHTS AT RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON 13 & 14 October 2010

Ticket Prices:
£20.00 – £37.50
Box office: is 0207 439 0747 www.ronniescotts.co.uk

‘Your Angel’ – single release on 1st November
Autobiography – ‘Bloody Mary’ – book release on 4th November
‘The House Of Ill Repute’ – bonus edition album reissue on 8th November

Mary Coughlan, one of the most fascinating and acclaimed singers to come out of Ireland, is returning to London for two nights at Soho’s Ronnie Scott’s. The Galway-born torch singer is renowned for her ability to inhabit each song, with the voice of lived experience, to create a powerful and absorbing performance. At times bitter and contemptuous at others seductive and raunchy, Mary’s performance lays bare her extraordinary life with a voice that effortlessly straddles jazz, blues, chanson and pop in equal, sublime measure.

Over the course of ten studio albums, two live albums and countless concert performances in the past three decades, Mary Coughlan has established herself as one of her native land’s most enduring and remarkable vocal talents. From her breakthrough success on 1985’s ‘Tired And Emotional’ to her internationally acclaimed ‘After The Fall’ (1997); and onwards to her faithful and poetic rendering of the songs of Billie Holiday in 2000 and 2009’s ‘The House Of Ill Repute’, she has cast her meditative eye over songs of joy, sadness, mischief and melancholy.

The Ronnie Scott’s dates will precede the release of Mary’s autobiography ‘Bloody Mary’ and the release of a bonus edition of ‘The House Of Ill Repute’, a collection of “starling songs of lust and disillusion” (Mojo Magazine) recorded after the break up of her marriage. The album runs the gamut of emotions with anger, bitterness, betrayal and regret – Mary’s interpretation of Kirsty MacColl’s wry discourse on misadventure ‘Bad’ is uncannily autobiographical “I’ve been an awful woman all my life / A dreadful daughter and a hopeless wife”

On its original release ‘The House Of Ill Repute’ attracted great acclaim. Sunday Times Culture wrote “the night-time devils of her childhood have finally been exorcised so when she sings “I made it through the hard times / Now I sing the blues” she really means it” and The Word Magazine “one of those rare long players that goes all the way, Coughlan deserves the respect that far too many other people get far too readily.” The Financial Times acknowledged that “no one should wish her heartbreak, but everyone should envy her power to transform it” and The Guardian declared that “Tom Waits has met his Irish match”.

Her autobiography ‘Bloody Mary’ is a funny, moving and typically outspoken memoir. Mary pulls no punches as she recalls sexual abuse as a child, the oblivion of alcohol addiction, emotional abandonment of her children, the suicide attempts and the repeated admission to psychiatric hospitals. Mary’s battles with addiction, the problems in her personal life and career have been well documented. But until now she has never spoken of the traumatic events in her childhood that led to a life of rebellion, running away, and reliance on drugs and alcohol

Detailing her battles with the bottle, her suicide attempts and her confinement in psychiatric hospitals, Mary tells of how, after hitting rock-bottom, she pulled herself out of the dregs of a vodka bottle to confront the foundations of her problems head-on. As she tells her story with a ribald, running commentary on the highs and lows of celebrity culture — we get to experience an alternative evolution of Ireland in the ’70s and ’80s, populated with hippies, rock stars and movie moguls, and one wild Irish girl determined to live a life less ordinary.



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