Edinburgh Festival Theatre
18th May 1999

Review By David Stewart

Mary appeared on stage in a long red velvet dress smiling at her audience with that endearing smile that is her trademark. The look of unsuredness captured the heart of everyone in the theatre, and as the applause faded, I heard an american lady whisper "Oh does'nt she look so young she hasn't changed at all". That is a statement I would totally agree with. The rose of Pontardawe has not lost her bloom.

The scene was now set for a marvellous performance, and Mary did not let us down. Her voice is as beautiful as ever perhaps more so. Mary sang four songs during the evening, including doing some backing vocals with the Chieftains. The songs were 'Aderyn Pur', 'Factory Girl', 'Painting by Numbers', and 'Good men'.

By the end of her performance Mary proved without doubt, that as a singer songwriter she has come a long way from her early beginnings at Apple Records. She had the audience raising the rafters of the theatre with what could only be described as thunderous applause. Mary's presence on stage was indeed captivating to say the least. The audience didnt want her to go and pleaded with her to sing one more song. Alas she did not respond to the request, and after what seemed like a very brief time on stage, Mary was gone. Her appearance to become yet another distant memory as the years drift slowly by.

During her performance it was abundantly apparent that Mary has an unique quality, that I would describe as truly magical. She is indeed a marvelous singer as we all know, but last nights 'live' performance proved she is more than just a brilliant voice, but is indeed a STAR.

David Stewart

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