Teg Mjr Eire in association with MPI artists presents An Evening with Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary
Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan are set to unite once again for a unique show bringing together their collective talents.
Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan will each perform a set with their own musicians featuring many of their greatest hits. All three ladies will then join together on stage to finish the night with a truly magical finale.
The three performers are some of the most successful female artists Ireland has to offer and are no stranger to performing together having been involved in the successful Woman’s Heart albums and tours. Womans Heart is celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2022. The 3 performers appeared together on the Late Late show May 2020 where viewers donated 1.6 million euros for Pieta House.
Sharon Shannon said “I really love doing the shows with Mary and Frances. The three of us have a strong bond of deep friendship and music and craic for over 30 years. I’m hugely honoured to share the stage with these two iconic legends of Irish music.”
Frances Black said, ”I can’t believe its 30 years since the ‘Woman’s Heart’ album was released, it only feels like yesterday. It was a great honour for me to be part of that album and it definitely played a huge role on my life’s journey and I am very grateful for that.”
Mary Coughlan said “It has been my pleasure to share share the stage over the years with Frances Black and Sharon Shannon and some wonderful musicians! I think our sense of craic and camaraderie is evident to everyone, especially when we perform some of our best known songs together at the end!”
In June 1989 Sharon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys.
In the 30 years that has elapsed since then, Sharon has recorded 10 studio albums; 5 Live albums , 4 Best of compilations and 3 live Concert DVDs. She has received many awards including being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009. She has collaborated, recorded and toured with everyone from Willy Nelson,Bono,Johnny Depp, Shane Mc Gowan and John Prine to Nigel Kennedy and the RTE Concert Orchestra and had many hit records including The Galway Girl with Steve Earle, Its Christmastime Again with Wallis Bird and Go Tell the Devil with Imelda May.
Fáilte Ireland and TG4 have joined forces with Sharon on a new travel and music programme ‘Heartlands’ August September 2021
The four-week series, which commenced Wednesday 11th August at 8.30pm, featured Sharon and her niece Caoilinn Ní Dhonnabháin showcasing the Shannon River region across Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
Sharon and her niece Caoilinn Ní Dhonnabháin cruised the River Shannon discovering Ireland’s hidden gems while catching up with a host of musical friends, such as Liam O’Maonlaoi (Hothouse Flowers), Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Eleanor Shanley, Nathan Carter, The Henshaws, Seamus Begley, Mundy, Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor and Susan O’Neill.
Professional Singer, founder of The RISE Foundation and Independent Senator in Seanad Eireann.
Frances Black is an award-winning Irish singer. A pure vocal tone and an energetic stage presence has made Frances one of Ireland’s most popular singers. Frances first solo album Talk to me became an instant hit when released in 1994, it spent eight weeks at number one in her native Ireland.
Since then she has released many award winning albums and continues to tour and perform around the world. In 2009 Frances founded a charitable organisation that is very close to her heart called The Rise Foundation. The RISE Foundation is an organisation set up to support family members who have a loved one with an alcohol, drug, or gambling problem.
Frances divides her time between touring and running the charity. In January 2016 Frances was nominated by Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) in the industrial and commercial panel as a candidate for the Seanad elections. She campaigned for three months and almost topped the poll. Frances was honoured to be elected to the 25th Seanad Éireann and was the first female Independent to be elected in the panel system to Seanad Éireann in the history of the State.
Senator Frances Black is now working in Leinster House on issues that are close to her heart. The Senator is passionate about being a voice for the vulnerable by collaborating with organisations within the voluntary and charity sector.
Mary Coughlan is our greatest female singer because over twenty-five years and ten albums she’s made the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew, like jewels dripping from the deep, strewn on black velvet. She sings in the voice of the wrong and wronged woman and she makes us think what it is men make of women and what women have to do to make do. She has just one other forebear in the pretty pallid parade of British female pop artists, just one other woman whose bruised, haunted voice could find and enjoy the inconsolable longing and loss in a three minute pop song: Dusty Springfield. Or Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, to give her her real name. Born to an Irish Catholic family. Small world.