Mary Courtney grew up in a musical family in the parish of Castlegregory, near the sea in County Kerry, 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 bodhrán (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.
Reviews … what a singer she is! Her powerful vocals are direct, allowing the beauty of the melodies and the emotion of the lyrics to come through; however her voice is also distinctive, making her stand out both from a sincerity point of view as well as a technical one. Frankly, she has a voice that is difficult to ignore… I’d almost forgotten what a dynamic instrument banjo is. Ryan brings that special melodic drive I’ve not heard for quite a while, as he pushes the tunes along with gusto, enthusiasm, and a lot of talent. As you listen, it’s no wonder Redmond has 4 All-Ireland titles under his belt. All this is built on Courtney’s excellent guitar accompaniment…. Sometimes, I’m amazed at how a small group such as this can have such a ‘big’ sound, one that is so involving and welcoming. Mary Courtney and Morning Star has risen to the top of my list of must-see musicians. When you listen to Live from the 33rd County you’ll understand why. Jamie O’Brien, Putting on Airs, Irish Edition
Now booking 2015. Email for info
Fri 19 Sept, NYC, 9 pm, Le Cheile, 839 West 181st St. at Cabrini Boulevard in Washington Heights, 3rd Anniversary Celebration, Morning Star
Sat 20 Sept, The Hudson Valley Irish Fest, Mary leads the session at the Cultural Tent from 2:30-4:30pm.
Sat 18 Oct, NYC, 12:30 -1:30pm, Robert Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place,sponsored by Battery Park Conservancy, free concert, Morning Star
Fri 15 May, Princeton NJ, 8:15 pm, Princeton Folk Music Soc. at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Ln, http://princetonfolk.org/ SOLO
Mary’s Regular Gigs
Every Friday, Bronx, An Beal Bocht Café, 445 West 238th St., 6- 8 pm
Alternate Fridays, NYC, Tir Na Nog, 8th Ave at 33rd St., 10 pm, w/ Donie Ryan (Sept 12 & 26)
Every Saturday NYC, St. Andrews, 140 W 46th St, 9 pm
Every other Sunday NYC, O’Briens ( 46th St bet Broadway & 6thAve). 5 – 8 pm
Every other Sunday NYC, Peter Dillons 36th Street (bet 5th & Madison) 5 – 8 pm
Every Monday NYC, The Crooked Knife (29 East 30th St. bet Madison & Park Ave) 5- 9 pm, w/Donie Ryan