22 May 1955, Eire. Mary is a member of the Black Family, who all have musical backgrounds, and with whom she has recorded and performed. Her father was a fiddle player and her mother a singer. Her early days were spent singing in the folk clubs of Dublin, but with Mary Black reaching number 4 in the Irish charts in 1983, it was obvious that she was destined for bigger things. In addition, she was awarded the Irish Independent Arts Award for Music for the album. Shortly after this, Black joined De Dannan, recording two albums with them, Song For Ireland andAnthem, before leaving the group in 1986. Although not credited, she provided some backing vocals and production work forThe Blacks Family Favourites in 1984. Black maintained her solo career while with De Dannan, and teamed up with producer Declan Sinnott forWithout The Fanfare, featuring mostly contemporary songs, which subsequently went gold. In 1987 and 1988, Black was voted Best Female Artist in the...
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