Foxy Music

SOLE UK REPRESENTATION
FOR MARY COUGHLAN

4 Thornfield Terrace
Selkirk
Scottish Borders
TD7 4DU
Tel:+44 01750-720538
Mobile:+44 07791-765956
allie@foxy-music.co.uk

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PRESS QUOTES


"A song is not complete unless it has been sung by Mary Coughlan."

MELODY MAKER

"The emotional purity in Mary's songs is so fragile that it is possible to become inconsolable when listening to her in a darkened room."

Q MAGAZINE

"Mary's performances must be seen to be believed."

NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS

"The greatest sexiest redhead since Rita Hayworth. During one point in her set Mary kept the audience transfixed as she sang 'Strange Fruit' without musical accompaniment. If you were to drop a pin, you would have been beaten up for it."

THE LONDON TIMES

"Dubbed as Ireland's Billie Holiday, Mary is a jazz & blues singer whose life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives."

THE GUARDIAN

"Ireland has never produced a singer quite like Mary Coughlan. She emerged seemingly from nowhere and without any preliminaries already with a stagecraft and vocal sophistication of a veteran, singing new songs and blues songs with a voice that tingles the mind with instant recognition of something very special."

THE IRISH TIMES

"Mary Coughlan is Ireland's answer to Peggy Lee, though her husky gin-soaked voice has been compared more often to Billie Holiday... at times she is more like an incredibly relaxed k. d. lang or Edith Piaf."

THE LONDON TIMES

"While the comparisons have run the gamut from Holiday to Mathilde Santing to Janis Joplin. One thing is certain that Mary's voice is her own."

THE OBSERVER

"The Galway-born artist doesn't just take her to church with her music, she practically baptises them with her own passion and pain."

THE IRISH NEWS

"Every song was special and life-affirming. Mary Coughlan held us enthralled."

LIVE at ST DAVID'S HALL, CARDIFF

"One of the most striking things about Coughlan - beyond the deep, knowing voice and her complete mastery of cover versions such as Love Will Tear Us Apart and I'd Rather Go Blind - is her ability to inhabit each number."

LIVE at POCKLINGTON ARTS CENTRE

"There's no denying the seductive passion that's become her hallmark, or her total commitment to the songs. And her vocal versatility enables her to move efficiently and convincingly between a smoky bluesy drawl and visceral rage, supreme tenderness and castigatory wit."

FATEA

"This woman is a poet. A poet with a sharp sardonic wit and a turn of phrase to catch you right off guard. This was Mary Coughlan stroking every heartstring going. Give me this any day. Every day."

BROADWAY BABY * * * * *

"The night-time devils of her childhood have finally been exorcised, so that when she sings 'I made it through the hard times / Now I sing the blues,' she really means it."

SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

"Mary's version of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' has become legendary. She invokes that deep, dark sound only she can do with an intensity of emotion that can knot stomachs and shred hearts."

LIVE at THE BLACK BOX, BELFAST

"The House of Ill Repute is 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."

WORD MAGAZINE

"Coughlan writes few of her own songs, but her choices and the way she inhabits them turn them alchemically into autobiography. No one should wish her heartbreak, but everyone should envy her power to transform it."

FINANCIAL TIMES

"Mary Coughlan’s talent is awesome."

THE OBSERVER

"Bitter, seductive, raunchy, contemptuous. Startling songs of lust and disillusion."

MOJO

"Tom Waits has met his Irish match."

THE GUARDIAN