Mary Courtney hails from a large musical family from Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She is the lead singer, guitarist, and bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) player with the very popular New York based Irish Traditional band 'Morning Star'.
She has several recordings with the band including the just released 'Alive & Kickin', and others including: 'These Better Days', 'Gra' and 'Away Ye Go Now' which can be purchased from CDbaby. Mary has also recorded with Black 47's Larry Kirwan on two of their albums 'Fire of Freedom' and their most recent recording 'New York Town' on the songs 'Living in America' and 'Eleven Years On'. She has sang live many times with the band and most recently on stage at BB Kings NYC for the opening night party for the Tony Award winning play 'The Lieutenant of Inismore'.
Chris Byrne of Seanchai and The Unity Squad invited Mary to sing his song 'Mise Eire' on their CD 'Rebel Massive' along with Shane McGowan and Damien Dempsey.
'Sceil Eile' is Mary's first solo CD. It is a collection of twelve songs each telling their own story of love (in its various forms), equality, and justice. Mary plays guitar for 10 of the tracks and bodhrán on one, with the last song acapella. Beth Higgins sings backing vocals on track 5. Mary took the cover photo in 1995, from Brandon Point in Kerry.
In May of 2005 'The Memphis in May' International Festival featured Mary in that years festival's salute to Ireland which was the featured country that year.
Mary and many other singers and musicians donated their time and talent on a CD entitled 'Rescue' to help fellow countryman and singer Danny O'Flaherty who lost his livelihood and his pub O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. All proceeds from sales of this CD goes to Danny and his family. To purchase a copy of 'Rescue' please go to :www.dannyoflahery.com
Mary has a new single deal with MCS (Manhattan Center Studios)This new beautiful song is entitled 'The Sky Belongs to Dreamers' was written and composed by her very good friend Dave Mc Gilton from Co. Cork Ireland. For a preview and sales click on: www.cdbaby.com/cd/mcourtney2 or go to itunes to purchase. Dave has just released a new CD called 'Louder than the Drums of War' (www.artistsforhealing.com). Everyone on this album donated their work for this amazing project.
Morning Star's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Morning-Star/124082257656151
**Mary plays a steady Tuesday gig with fellow band member Bernadette Fee (fiddle) from 7pm to 10.00pm at Affair on Eight 212-253-2999, 8th St. btwn 5th and 6th Ave's in NYC, (www.affairon8th.com)
**Mary plays a solo gig every Friday from 6:30-8:30pm at An Beal Bocht Cafe Bronx NY (718)884-7127 (www.anbealbochtcafe.com) - come join her for 'Ballad Night'!
**Mary & members of the band play throughout NYC every Saturday or Sunday night; check out the Calender link at the SonicBids site below: