An intimate evening of ‘Legendary’ music

Published on April 14, 2014

“Legendary” is about right.

Mary Barry chose the title of her most recent CD in honour of her late mother, but it fits the St. John’s songstress herself. On the record, you’ll hear the lush and sultry vocals Barry is known for, blended with a mix of original tunes and traditional and contemporary Newfoundland songs.

Thursday night, you’ll have the chance to hear Barry perform them in person, as she presents an intimate evening of music at the LSPU Hall.

While Barry’s name has become synonymous locally with blues and jazz, “Legendary” represents a direction in which she felt pulled to go.

“For some time now, I’ve wanted to record an album that would blend traditional and contemporary Newfoundland songs,” Barry said. “My father was a balladeer from Red Island and though he died when I was quite young, I still have crystal clear memories of his tenor voice soaring while walking the shores of Placentia Bay.”

Fittingly, Marion Counsel will open the show with an excerpt form her one-woman show, “Red Island Girl;” a performance piece with songs and recitations, detailing life on Red Island and how it was impacted by resettlement.

Musicians performing with Barry will include Charlie Barfoot, Bill Brennan, Kathie Rose, Jack Daw, Rob Lee and Ward Pike, who co-wrote at least one song on the record, called “The Southside Hills of Home.”

Other songs include “Let Me Fish off Cape St. Mary’s,” traditional Irish song, “The Parting Glass,” French folk song, “Vive la rose,” and a version of Ron Hynes’ “Cape Spear,” complete with accordion and strings. To watch a video of Barry and Barfoot performing “Cape Spear,” visit .

Tickets for Barry’s show are $22 and are available now at Fred’s Records on Duckworth Street and the the LSPU Hall box office, or online at Twitter: @tara_bradbury

Mary Barry — Submitted photo