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Dublin, Ireland (1975 – present)

Mary Black (born 23 May 1955 in Dublin) is an Irish singer. She is well known as an interpreter of both folk and contemporary material which has made her a major recording artist in her native Ireland and in many other parts of the world. She was named “Best Female Artist” in the IRMA poll in 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

Black was born into a musical family. Her father had been a fiddler, her mother a singer, and her brothers have their own group. She sang in her family’s group in her youth.

In 1975 Black joined a small folk band called General Humbert, with whom she toured Europe and released two albums, in 1975 and 1978. In 1982 she developed a professional relationship with musician/producer Declan Sinnott and recorded her first solo album, Mary Black.

She went on to play in other groups including the traditional Irish band De Dannan from 1984-1986. After 1986 she had a successful solo career where she went on to try contemporary styles ranging from jazz to country. She was named “Best Female Artist” in the IRMA poll in 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

She is married to Joe O’Reilly of Dara Records and they have three children. Her son Danny is a member of the Irish rock band The Coronas, while her daughter Róisín is performing under the name Róisín O.

For a number of years, “What Hi-Fi?” magazine considered Black’s voice to be so pure that it was used as an audiophile benchmark for comparing the sound quality of different high fidelity systems.


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  • headey


    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • bitterale

    Maryy Black

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Druid66

    A great Celtic songbird indeed.

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Crowriver

    An all-time favourite of mine. In fact, for me, only two really special things happened in the 1980s....The birth of my son and my discovery of Mary Black.

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • therasherfm

    Mary Black is magical, sometimes mourning and sometimes haunting. Epitome of the Irish female voice.

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MyMusicMyDivas

    shine <3

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • strider712

    Going to see her on the 17 Oct at Birmingham Town Hall

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • a_jeda

    jepp so isses banba!!

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • SchwabeHannover

    tolle Stimme

    26 Apr 2009 Reply
  • clickhound

    Calms my febrile brain with glorious celtic resonance. A pure diamond of a voice.

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • AKDoc

    Best female voice .... Ever.

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Mikepopstar

    Great voice

    9 Mar 2008 Reply
  • miss_tremond

    columbus is great. I thought that a similar song didn't exist

    8 Feb 2008 Reply
  • renemeulman1

    Song for Ireland.... Best song ever!!

    17 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Cankerio

    Nice Voice. I liked her earlier work with the Black family.

    17 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Angelastic

    I agree… I heard it during a fireworks show, recorded a clip of it with my digital camera, did my best to work out the words from the recording, googled to find out the title (not easy since my first guess at the lyrics was 'Hopeless is a world without tea, where corruption and rivalry bind'... it was a bad recording!) then, not finding anywhere to buy the mp3, eventually bought the CD in London

    3 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Humlepung

    Mary Blacks Both Sides the Tweed is one great song!

    28 Nov 2006 Reply

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