Thursday, 10 May 2018

Mean Mary touring Ireland & the UK from August to October, BLAZING soundtrack gets official UK release date on July 6th

Mean Mary, European Tour inc. UK & Ireland · August-October 2018

“The voice of a ragged angel combined with the banjo playing of the devil ... you will want to run away with her.” -  No Depression

Mean Mary (Mary James) is an international touring musician and award winning author. World renowned for her lightning-fast fingers and raw, unmistakable vocal sound, Mean Mary’s story songs, fast songs, sad songs and songs to make your feet tap, travel the genres of roots, bluegrass, blues, and folk rock.

Blazing features scorching banjo, smouldering vocals, and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour - all set amid a dark Hollywood theme. The album is the soundtrack to the mystery/action novel, Hell Is Naked, co-authored by (Mean) Mary James and her mother, Jean James. The book recently took finalist honours in the action genre at the Readers Favorite International Book Awards.

BLAZING will be released ahead of an extensive European tour from August to October and Mary promises an intimate and fun show featuring new songs alongside many old favourites. And yes, she will be bringing her banjo, guitar, fiddle, percussion, and as many of her 11 instruments that she can carry.

BLAZING (Hell is Naked soundtrack)
Format: CD & DL
Label: Woodrock Records
Release Date: July 6 2018

** Original Digital & Import CD Release Date: 12 Dec. 2017
Label: Woodrock Records

10 Tracks
Total Length: 32:11
Genres: Folk

Track Listing

1. Harlequin (3:15)
2. Rainy (3:13)
3. Lights, Gun, Action (3:22)
4. Sugar Creek Mountain Rush (2:59)
5. Rock of Ages (3:16)
6. La La Hoopla La (2:54)
7. Blazing (3:25)
8. Gone (3:11)
9. Hell is Naked (3:28) Mean Mary & The Contrarys
10. I Face Somewhere (3:28)

Harlequin - Silent film inspired music video | Cast: Mary James, Frank James

A note about Mary’s new novel, Hell Is Naked
Full of suspense and mystery, it is as fast paced as Mean Mary’s Blazing Tour. When former SWAT and police officer, Warren Roberts, romps through the Hollywood movie scene, he proves that off-beat investigative styles can achieve results and that action, adventure, humour, and romance can credibly inhabit the same story.

Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Her mom (author, Jean James) and dad (WWII veteran, William James) lived a very nomadic lifestyle. On one occasion they packed up the family (Mary was four at the time) and moved from Florida to North Minnesota, near the Canadian border, to rough it in the wilds.

Photo Credit: Johnny Giles

An award-winning musician/writer and fan favourite (over 10 million views on her YouTube videos), Mean Mary (Mary James), a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy – she could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film.

Now a seasoned performer and headliner of over 4000 festivals and concerts, Deering Banjo’s named her their Goodtime Ambassador, and Janet Deering describes her banjo playing as giving her “chills”. Equally versatile on guitar, fiddle, and 8 other instruments, Mary is known internationally for her lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs. As a high-energy performer that thrives on variety and as a songwriter that chooses unusual subject matters, anything from ghost pirates to demon guitars could romp through a Mean Mary show.

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Mean Mary · August-October 2018 · European Tour
All solo, except September 23 onwards, when Mary will be accompanied by Frank James

Fri 10 / Sat 11 August 2018 - Stendhal Festival, Limavady, N. Ireland                    
Wed 15 August 2018 -  Castlebar, Co. Bridge St. Mayo                     
Thu 16 August 2018 - The Cobblestone, Dublin (Website; 77 North King Street, Dublin, D07 TP22)
Fri 17 August 2018 - Crusoes Coffee Shop, Castlerock, N. Ireland (Facebook; 29 Sea Road, BT51 4TN)
Sat 18 August 2018 -   The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh, N. Ireland                       
Sun 19 August 2018 - Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast (Website; 2-4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH)
Tue 21 August 2018 - Grateful Fred Concert Series, Southport (Website)                              
Wed 22 August 2018 - The Orange Tree Baldock, Herts (Website; Norton Road, HRT SG7 5AW) Tickets: £9/10/12
Fri 24 August 2018 - The OSCA Centre, Atherstone, Warwickshire (Website; Owen Street, CV9 1DG) £10
Sat 25 August 2018 - The Woodlands Pavilion, Isleworth, London (Woodlands Estate, Woodland Gardens, TW7 6LN) £5                              
Sun 26 August 2018 -  The Red Lion, Upper Poppleton, nr. York (Website, Boroughbridge Road, YO26 6PR)            
Mon 27 August 2018 -   St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Beverley (East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8DL)                                 

Tue 25 September 2018 - Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, Powys (Website; SY17 5SB) £10 with Rebecca Hollweg and Jeb Loy Nichols In Concert                        
Thu 27 September 2018 -  Green Note, London (106 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN)                                   
Fri 28 September 2018 -  The Live Room, Caroline Social Club, Shipley (Caroline Street, Saltaire BD18 3JZ)                                    
Sat 29 September 2018 -  The Green Man Gallery, Buxton (Website; Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, SK17 6PY)                                    
Sun 30 September 2018 - The Wanted Inn, Sparrowpit, Derbyshire (Website; High Peak SK17 8ET)                

Tue 2 October 2018 - Pace Heritage Cafe Ardersier, Scottish Highlands (Ardersier Library Old School hall, Inverness IV2 7SU)
Wed 3 October 2018 - The Ceilidh House & Heritage Centre, Corran, Scottish Highlands (Website)               
Fri 5 October 2018 - The Nelson Club, Stockton, nr. Southam, Warwickshire (Website; Napton Rd, Southam CV47 8JU)
Sat 6 October 2018 -  Woodend Gallery, Scarborough (The Crescent, YO11 2PW)                            
Sun 7 October 2018 - Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek Blues & Americana Festival, Leek, Staffs. (Website; Market Place, ST13 6AD) NB. Afternoon show
Sun 7 October 2018 - Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton, Cheshire (​Poynton Legion Club, George's Road West, Cheshire SK12 1JY) £12 Event                       

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