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Mary Coughlan is an Irish jazz, blues and folk singer. She has received great acclaim for her emotional and heartfelt renditions.
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. The vocal marrying of sardonic wit, visceral rage, orgiastic between the sheets passion, the tenderest of sorrowful regrets; this is Mary’s talent. Regardless of the elements she chooses to manipulate with flawless ease, Mary’s voice has always been an unforeseen, sudden seduction. This is why she is so loved.
Throughout over 25 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, the defiant chanteusery of 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 “The Double Cross” or “Magdalen Laundry” or “The Ice Cream Man” with such dedication and effortless zeal?
The casual listener may know something of “Ancient Rain”, “Invisible to You” or maybe “Man Of The World”. These may well be among the greatest of Mary’s many great hits, however there is so much more to the story. How about an entire double album dedicated to her love of Billie Holiday. Billie died at 44, the age at which Mary performed songs from the album to sold-out venues and enraptured audiences at her “Lady Sings the Blues” shows staged in Dublin and London in 2001. How about “Live In Galway”, Mary’s triumphant, if anxious, return from the brink to the stage in 1995. At the time she pleaded the venue to host the gig, having to repent for previously letting them down a little too frequently. She had become the “no-show”. Mary sold out 8 gigs in a row. How about “Live At The Basement”. Recorded in Sydney among an intimate audience in 2003, this is the ultimate in down and dirty jazz club renditions. It’s hard to imagine a more succinct demonstration of both the raw and refined nature of Mary’s talents.
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Ben Jordan can best be classified as a 21st century bard, or a modern troubadour. For years Ben has traveled, listening, learning & playing. His voyage has taken him to several musical hot beds (including New York City, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco, Boulder, CO, London, Dublin & Prague) where he had the privilege of befriending some rising stars, and established vets, including Derek Trucks, Soulive, Adam MacDougall (The Black Crowes & Chris Robinson Brotherhood) The Slip, Warren Haynes, Kelly Joe Phelps, Adam Levy (Norah Jones), JJ Grey, Brad Rice (Ryan Adams, Son Volt & Keith Urban), Don DiLego, Johnny Pisano (Jesse Malin & Ryan Adams) Gregory Alan Isakov, Eric Ness, Sam Green & the Midnight Heist, Willie and the Bandits and Rob Fleming of Crowd Company.
2010 saw the release of his critically acclaimed “Ghosts Breathing through Our Strings” and a year long tour of the U.S.. The end of this tour brought an exciting change as Ben journeyed across the Atlantic for the first time to tour. Little did he know his life would be changed forever by this decision. Arriving in his ancestral homeland of Ireland, Ben immediately fell into the Wicklow music scene. This lead to an invitation to play Americana Weekend two years running, where Ben has flourished, entertaining the crowd with his original road songs.
At this point, the story veers into the realm of the improbable and seasoned by the highly unlikely, but nonetheless true!
Due to a series of mis-communications, Ben found himself stranded in the UK, with no gigs, no money and nowhere to live. This time period also saw the loss of his musical mentor and dear friend Travis Charbeneau. Retreating to Cornwall, he rebuilt his life, note-by-note, song-by-song, gig-by-gig. Currently settled in the Southwest of England, Ben has been electrifying audiences throughout, Ireland, the UK and Europe with a newfound optimism, born from hardship and hard won wisdom. He has taken this new outlook from the streets of England’s West Country to the stages of the Isle of Wight Festival and Hop Farm festival and all manner of venues in between.
Some include a residency at London’s Proud Camden, tenure with the Lantern Society ,Quay Arts Acoustic Originals, getting radio play on the BBC and being requested by the Alabama 3 themselves to provide support for them.
Recently Ben has signed with IRL Records, home to Damien Dempsey, the Wonder Stuff and many other great artists. His first release with them is slated for the beginning of 2015.
Thankful for and humbled by the friends he’s made and the folks he’s met, he continues to bring his passion and songs to the people, building a loyal following, town-by-town, show-by-show. While he will always be learning and honing his craft, on guitar, as a songwriter and as a vocalist. The time has come for Ben to step into a larger arena and share his considerable gifts.
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