Frances Black

Genres: World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Dublin, Eire. Folk singer Black found instant success in 1994 with her debut solo, Talk To Me, a number 1 hit in Eire, but had spent several years in less celebrated musical activity before the breakthrough. Her first recording came in 1986 as a contributor to The Black Family Album with her renowned sibling, Mary Black, before work with Arcady, a duet album with Kieran Goss, and a contribution to 1992’s million-selling A Woman’s Heart compilation. She also struggled with single parenthood and her well publicised battle with alcoholism. Talk To Me, completed with help from musicians James Blennerhassett, Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey, plus Roy Dodds and Graham Henderson of Fairground Attraction, featured new songs written expressly for Black by Nanci Griffith and Mark Nevin, alongside standards drawn from the repertoires of Donagh Long, Christy Hennessy and John Lennon. Its success came as a surprise to Black. The album was dedicated to her mother and...

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