Newfoundland jazz singer Mary Barry. — File photo
Local chanteuse Mary Barry has released her first-ever music video online, for a song called “Les engoulevents (The Whippoorwill Song).”
Sung entirely in French, the video, shot last summer in Pouch Cove, features dancer Louise Moyes as well as Barry. It was directed by Xavier Georges and shot by Nigel Markham.
“Imagine a deserted field on the edge of the North Atlantic, with a toppled-over house that is inviting and scary at the same time,” Barry writes about the video on her website. “In this house lives an enchantress who calls in the spirits at night.
“This is the story about a meeting between friends, one who has everything to learn, the other, everything to tell; a union of the master and apprentice.”
Barry, of St. John’s, is a bilingual jazz blues and chanson singer who launched “Chansons irisées,” her first full-length album of francophone material, in 2011. It was nominated for the East Coast Music Award for Francophone Album of the Year.
Barry is a multiple MusicNL award winner and ECMA nominee, and has won several songwriting awards. She was the only Canadian to make it to the semi-finals in jazz in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition.
Barry’s video for “Les engoulevents (The Whippoorwill Song)” can be seen at http://bit.ly/WfZChZ .
This story has been changed to fix typos.