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Frances Black


Country of origin:

Ireland

Type of music generally:

Traditional Irish folk and contemporary folk/pop

Status:

Most recent release, Stronger (2013)

See also:

The Frances Black Home Page

The Ectophiles' Guide entry for The Black Family

Comparisons:

Mary Black, Nanci Griffith

Covers/own material:

Covers and traditional songs

General comments:

In the late '80s Frances Black toured with her brothers and sister as The Black Family, and later was Arcady's vocalist. After leaving Arcady, she released one duo album with Kieran Goss before going solo. She is best known for her participation in the A Woman's Heart collections of music by Irish women.

Recordings include:

  • Talk to Me (1994)
  • The Sky Road (1995)
  • Fear is the Enemy of Love (ep, in support of Aoibhneas Women's Refuge)
  • The Smile on Your Face (1996)
  • Don't Get Me Wrong (1998)
  • The Best of Frances Black (compilation, (2000)
  • How High The Moon (2003)
  • This Love Will Carry (2006)
  • The Essential Frances Black (compilation, 2008)
  • Stronger (2013)

Talk to Me

Release info:

1994—(Irish release); 1995—(U.S., U.K., Europe)—Atlantic/Celtic Heartbeat (U.S.)

Availability:

Wide

Comments:

This album just grew and grew on me. Wonderful stuff. I love it. It is fairly mellow, but for any Nanci Griffith fan, for example, I would say indispensable. The album contains 4 Nanci Griffith songs (which were unrecorded by Nanci at the time of Talk To Me's release): "On Grafton Street", "Talk To Me While I'm Listening", "Always Will", and "Time of Inconvenience"; it also includes Vince Gill's "Colder Than Winter", and John Lennon's "Intuition", as well as songs by Christie Hennessy, Donagh Long, and Mark Nevin (of Fairground Attraction). (mjmjminla@yahoo.com)

The Sky Road

Release info:

1995—Dara (Ireland), Atlantic/Celtic Heartbeat (U.K., U.S., Europe)

Availability:

Wide

Comments:

The new cd seems a little darker than the first. (mjmjminla@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Michael J. Mendleson and Carolyn Andre for work on this entry.

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