January 19, 2013
Mary Courtney grew up in a musical family in the parish of Castlegregory, near the sea in County Kerry, Ireland; a likely beginning for this remarkable singer and guitarist. Whether accompanying herself, or holding the rhythm line with her trad band, Morning Star, she is a consummate musician. Her music is an engaging collaboration of traditional Irish music, and a progressive social conscience born of a political education in the United States. Her bodhran (Irish hand-held drum) playing offers another dimension to her exceptional performance. Courtney has used her music to spread Irish culture and to educate her audience about the struggles of the Irish people. From rock ‘n’ roll, to the ethereal strains of some ancient Celtic bard, Mary can sing anything, and sing it unforgettably.
“Mary Courtney is so much more than the most striking interpreter of songs on the Irish-American music scene… she is also its conscience, a fearless beacon for feminism and progressive political causes. Whether working solo, with her band ‘Morning Star’, or guesting with Black 47 on such classics as ‘Livin’ in America’, she never leaves a room without both moving and galvanizing the audience.” –Larry Kirwan, Irish playwright, author, musician, & broadcaster
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