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Presented by The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival.
The grief of Billie Holiday, the soul of Van Morrison and the defiance of Edith Piaf…there is only one Mary Coughlan.
Dubbed “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” by The Guardian, Mary Coughlan is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers. Her powerful vocals, enigmatic stage presence and utterly spellbinding interpretations of classic jazz balladry, blues, rock, Irish songwriting and original compositions have enthralled audiences and garnered Mary an impressive fan-base around the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Mary Coughlan perform in Christchurch’s new The Piano venue in celebration of her more than twenty-five years in the music industry. She will perform the best from her many albums, including Ancient Rain, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Magdalene Laundry and God Bless the Child.
Jimmy Smyth -
Widely regarded as one of Ireland's greatest guitarists, Jimmy Smyth’s impressive credentials include serving as Musical Director for Van Morrison, being nominated for a Grammy Award alongside Toni Childs in the category of Best Rock Song, and recording and playing with Roger Daltry, Curtis Stigers, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison and Reba McIntyre. A highly in-demand recording and touring artist, Jimmy regularly tours with Gilbert O'Sullivan in Britain and Europe and will be accompanying Mary Coughlan for all of her Christchurch shows.
Mary Coughlan (vocals); Jimmy Smyth (guitar); Tom Rainey (piano); Mike Story (double bass).
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District
Sat 27 May 8:00pm
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