Mary Coughlan is live at The Source on May 10th

Mary Coughlan will appear live at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, May 10th at 8pm.

Mary Coughlan will appear live at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, May 10th at 8pm.

A lot has been written and a lot has been said, whispered, recounted, alleged, supposed and presumed.

It’s all quite forgotten now and the songs remain the same, they remain a testament to Mary Coughlan’s seemingly timeless and endless talent.

Her smoky, bluesy, boozy drawl has always been a seduction, no matter what the subject.

Regardless of the elements she chooses to manipulate with flawless ease, Mary’s voice has remained an unforeseen, sudden seduction.

This is why Mary Coughlan is so loved.

Throughout the over twenty-five years of her quite extraordinary recording career Mary has drawn heavily from her legendary heroes; Billie Holiday’s grievous, teary outpourings, the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison’s soulful wails, and the defiant chanteuse Edith Piaf.

All are present and correct in her delivery.

Even so, Mary, with her naked honesty makes every song her own; they belong to her and nobody else.

Who else could possibly present ‘Double Cross’ or ‘Magdalene Laundry’ or ‘The Ice Cream Man’ with such dedication and effortless zeal?

The stage is where Mary survives.

From a small square footage of venue real estate in front of a handful or a thousand or ten thousand people, she emotes, purges, atones, reminisces, eulogises and laments.

That is why there is a full disc of live recordings included in this collection, because this is the very best of Mary Coughlan and you can’t hear the very best until you’ve heard her story recited in every note.

Mary Coughlan will appear live at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, May 10th at 8pm.

Tickets are priced at €18 (€16 concession).

Please call The Source box office on 0504 90204 or visit sourceartscentre.ie for more information.