Mary Black

Photo by Gavin Leane/Courtesy of W3 Public Relations


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3400 Main
Houston, Texas  77002
What we think of as traditional Irish music dates has been passed down orally for at least a couple of millennia, has only existed in written form since about the 1760s, and in the modern era is personified in the voice and songs of Mary Black. Born into one of Ireland’s most prominent musical families, she emerged in the 1980s with an acclaimed eponymous solo album and two more with arguably the country’s leading contemporary folk ensemble, the still-active De Danann. Her first album to go multiplatinum, 1987’s By the Time It Gets Dark, set the stage for even further success; released two years later, No Frontiers spent more than a year in the Irish Top 30 and became her first album released in the U.S. Coinciding with the 30th-anniversary reissue of Dark, yet another leg of Black’s “Last Call” tour — which originally began in 2014 — brings her to Houston’s MATCH, whose bare-bones intimacy is a natural fit for the sort of hushed reverence Black’s gooseflesh-raising voice demands.
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