Mary Stokes :: COMIN’ HOME 
“Irish vocalist extraordinaire Mary Stokes continues progress in musical collaboration with the sensational Irish guitarist Sarah Michelle and partner Brian Palm. For several recording projects and in preparation for live shows, Mary Stokes has fine-tuned her authentic blues sound for which she is widely known, while at the same time reinterpreting original material,” writes The Sound Café.
“With recent successes including a critically acclaimed show in Liverpool’s world renowned Cavern Club - by invitation from Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister and Director of the Cavern, and the release of a new album Comin’ Home, including a new interpretation of Bessie Smith’s “At The Christmas Ball,” the album which garnered critical acclaim and airplay...!
In addition to Sarah Michelle on guitar, The Mary Stokes Band features sidemen Brian Palm on harmonica, with Chris Byrne on bass and Robbie Barrett on drums, and Dermot Stokes on Piano. Recorded in Dublin, the album was expertly mixed by renowned rock legend Pete Holidai (the Radiators from Space, Trouble Pilgrims) and mastered by Joe Chester.
.. it's a cracking good listen, in a year when great live music has been especially hard to come by!” says Hot Press Magazine 
In a musical history spanning two decades The Mary Stokes Band has performed with B.B. King, Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Lowell Fulson, Johnny Copeland, Jeff Healey, Rory Gallagher, Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell, Pinetop Perkins, Georgie Fame, Louisiana Red, Lefty Dizz, John Campbell, U.P. Wilson, Eddie Kirkland and many other blues greats.
Mary Stokes and her band have toured throughout Ireland, Europe, and the U.S.A, performing at numerous festivals and in many of the most iconic Blues Clubs in the World.”
Comin’ Home has had widespread accolade and acknowledgement as an authentically “live” Blues album, displaying the power, passion and blues feel that Mary Stokes and her band are renowned for. It reached number 12 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association “Most Played Top 40 Albums January 2021;” Named “Best Live Blues Album 2020” by Hot Press Magazine December 2020; Album of the week by KCLR 96FM “Ceol Anocht” Martin Bridgeman, Ireland, “Shades of Blue” on the CAT, 'Bluestrain', Norway, “Bluestime mit Udo,” Radio City EightyFive; Blue of the Night RTE LyricFM; plus Continued European Blues Radio play. Track of the week by several Blues Stations, including Blues And Roots Radio, Canada and globally.
“Somehow, this spiky set of haunting electric blues from The Mary Stokes Band makes a perfect soundtrack for these uncertain times, blending the bleakness of social isolation with the gritty determination to pull through together,” Jackie Hayden/January 2021 review for Hot Press Magazine 
"Comin' Home"

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