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Ireland's Premiere Female Vocalist Re-imagines Eleven of Her Classic Recordings With Newly Created Orchestrations

Mary Black, long considered Ireland’s premiere female vocalist, has been bringing contemporary Irish music to a global audience throughout her stellar 30-plus-year career. In an innovative undertaking, 11 of Black’s favorite songs selected from her sizeable catalogue of recordings have been reimagined as MARY BLACK—ORCHESTRATED with the backing of Ireland’s celebrated RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.  

MARY BLACK—ORCHESTRATED will be released in the U.S. on November 22, presented by independent Gifthorse Records. The album is orchestrated and produced by world renowned musician and composer Brian Byrne, who also conducts the orchestra in stunning reinterpretations of classic Mary Black recordings.
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“What a great honour to have some of my favourite recordings orchestrated by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Byrne at the National Concert Hall,” Black says. “I've picked songs that mean a lot to me, some well-known and other less known gems. I couldn't imagine how great they would turn out with Brian Byrne composing beautiful orchestral arrangements that have breathed new life into these songs. Hearing the RTE Orchestra perform them during recording in the NCH was truly moving for me. I'm really excited for the fans to hear this album."
 

The Black Family receive their iBAM! Awards 2013


For Mary Black, it has always started with a great song. Throughout her career, she has mined fresh material from a wealth of contemporary composers, both well-known and unknown, and then put her unique spin on the material she has chosen. On MARY BLACK—ORCHESTRATED, she revisits songs written by prominent Irish songwriters such as Jimmy McCarthy (“No Frontiers” and “Adam at the Window”), Noel Brazil (“Summer Sent You” and “The Loving Time”), Steve Cooney (“Bless the Road”), Paul Doran (“Poison Words”) and Thom Moore (“Carolina Rua”). Also included is “Poison Tree,” written by Australian songwriter Marcia Howard, who based the song on British poet William Blake’s poem and sings on the recording culled from Mary’s track from the A WOMAN’S HEART—A Decade On album. Joni Mitchell’s timeless “The Urge for Going” and Richard Thompson’s “The Dimming of the Day” as well as “Turning Away,” written by Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, round out the unique collection.  

Mary Black (center front) surrounded by members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra during recording sessions for MARY BLACK-- ORCHESTRATED at Dublin's National Concert Hall
For Mary Black, it has always started with a great song. Throughout her career, she has mined fresh material from a wealth of contemporary composers, both well-known and unknown, and then put her unique spin on the material she has chosen. On MARY BLACK—ORCHESTRATED, she revisits songs written by prominent Irish songwriters such as Jimmy McCarthy (“No Frontiers” and “Adam at the Window”), Noel Brazil (“Summer Sent You” and “The Loving Time”), Steve Cooney (“Bless the Road”), Paul Doran (“Poison Words”) and Thom Moore (“Carolina Rua”). Also included is “Poison Tree,” written by Australian songwriter Marcia Howard, who based the song on British poet William Blake’s poem and sings on the recording culled from Mary’s track from the A WOMAN’S HEART—A Decade On album. Joni Mitchell’s timeless “The Urge for Going” and Richard Thompson’s “The Dimming of the Day” as well as “Turning Away,” written by Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, round out the unique collection.  
 
Mary Black will perform “No Frontiers” with the RTÉ National Symphony on Ireland’s top late night talk show, “The Late, Late, Show” on Friday,
November 15.  
 
A dominant presence in Irish music, Mary Black has made 12 studio albums, all of which have achieved platinum sales status in Ireland, and has performed all over the world. While she has chosen to curtail her international touring, she maintains a busy live performance schedule in Ireland and, earlier this year, also hosted the popular weekly television series, “Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song.” Recently, she was the subject of a landmark documentary made by Ireland’s national RTE1 television network called Mary Black: No Frontiers. The program details her life from her childhood marked by an early love of singing with her talented siblings through the beginnings of her career in Ireland with groups such as General Humbert and De Danann to her international success as a solo artist who has brought Irish music to the world. It also includes behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for MARY BLACK—ORCHESTRATED at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Mary Black Orchestrated
featuring the RTE National Symphony Orchestra

Track List:

The Urge for Going
No Frontiers
Carolina Rua
Poison Tree (featuring Marcia Howard)
Summer Sent You
The Dimming of the Day
Turning Away
Bless The Road
The Loving Time
Adam at the Window
Poison Words