Newfoundland Songstress Mary Barry in Concert at LSPU Hall
Thursday, April 17 at 8PM
Tickets on sale now!
St. John’s, NL — Multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, Mary Barry, announces a special live performance at the LSPU Hall on April 17th in celebration of her latest album, “Legendary”. Tickets are available at Fred’s Records and the LSPU Hall box office.
The intimate evening will feature Barry’s lush vocals on traditional and contemporary Newfoundland songs, accompanied by a stellar line-up of musicians including Bill Brennan, Charlie Barfoot, Kathie Rose, Jack Daw, Rob Lee and Ward Pike.
“…Hearing Mary sing her contemporary pieces such as ‘Southside Hills of Home’, one might easily mistake them for songs that have been part of Newfoundland’s traditional repertory for generations.” – Le Gaboteur
The St. John’s native is best known for her smooth and sultry jazz stylings, but her latest recording takes on a more rootsy feel. Arranged and produced by Ward Pike, “Legendary” is an intriguing collection of traditional and contemporary Newfoundland music. The album includes the classic “Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s”, and a touching rendition of Ron Hynes’ “Cape Spear”, as well as a number of original co-writes. Keeping with her French influences, the chanteuse also recorded an elegant and romantic version of the popular French folk song, “Vive la Rose”.
“For some time now I’ve wanted to record an album that would blend traditional and contemporary Newfoundland songs,” says Barry. “My father was a balladeer from Red Island and though he died when I was quite young, I still have crystal clear memories of his tenor voice soaring while walking the shores of Placentia Bay.”
Mary Barry is no stranger to the stage, performing at major Canadian jazz festivals such as Vancouver, Montreal, and Halifax – and internationally at the Magnolia Springs Alabama Jazz Festival and Le Festival International de Musique de Femmes in Paris. Barry has also won several songwriting awards and placed in the semi-finals in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, the highest ranking Canadian in the Jazz category. Mary’s second CD, “These Days”, won her MIANL Female Artist of the Year and an ECMA nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year in 2005. Her third album “Red Eye Tonight” garnered the 2007 Music NL Female Artist of the Year and Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year awards. She is a three-time ECMA nominee, most recently for the 2011 Francophone Album of the Year, “Chansons Irisées”.