Mean Mary (Mary James) is an international touring musician and award winning author. World renowned for her lightning-fast fingers and raw, unmistakable vocal sound, Mean Mary’s story songs, fast songs, sad songs and songs to make your feet tap, travel the genres of roots, bluegrass, blues, and folk rock.

Blazing features scorching banjo, smouldering vocals, and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour – all set amid a dark Hollywood theme. The album is the soundtrack to the mystery/action novel, Hell Is Naked, co-authored by (Mean) Mary James and her mother, Jean James. The book recently took finalist honours in the action genre at the Readers Favorite International Book Awards.

Blazing will be released ahead of an extensive European tour from August to October and Mary promises an intimate and fun show featuring new songs alongside many old favourites. And yes, she will be bringing her banjo, guitar, fiddle, percussion, and as many of her 11 instruments that she can carry.

Mean Mary · August-October 2018 · European Tour

All duo shows, with Mary accompanied by her brother, Frank James


Sat 11 Limavady, N. Ireland Stendhal Festival

Wed 15 Castlebar, Co. Mayo Bridge St.

Thu 16 Dublin The Cobblestone

Fri 17 Castlerock, N. Ireland Crusoes Coffee Shop

Sat 18 Armagh, N. Ireland The Marketplace Theatre

Sun 19 Belfast Crescent Arts Centre

Tue 21 Southport House Concert, Grateful Fred Concert Series

Wed 22 Baldock, Herts. The Orange Tree

Fri 24 Atherstone, Warks. The OSCA Centre

Sat 25 Isleworth The Woodlands Pavilion

Sun 26 Upper Poppleton, nr. York The Red Lion

Mon 27 Beverley St. Mary’s Parish Hall

Wed 29 Heusden, NL Bistro Burchtplein, Roots in Heusden

Fri 31 Steendam, NL The Podium Café


Sun 2 Cologne Kulturcafe Lichtung

Wed 5 Geldrop, NL Roots in ‘t Groen /Heerenhuys23

Thu 6 Gemert, NL Tuney Thursday / De Bunker

Fri 7 Olgod, DK Strellev Forsamlingshus

Sat 8 Fanø, DK Cafe Nana’s Stue

Sun 9 Esbjerg, DK Danhostel Esbjerg

Mon 10 Frederikssund , DK Parkteatret

Wed 12 Steinbergkirche, DE Café Kommodig im Landhaus Schütt

Fri 14 Vsetín, CZ Hospoda U Splavu

Sat 15 Metylovice, CZ Bluegrass Theatre

Sun 16 Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, CZ ZUŠ

Wed 19 Sömmerda, DE Piano

Fri 21 Golbey, France Complex L’artiste

Sat 22 Epinal, France Master Class

Sun 23 Horsham Normandy Hall

Tue 25 Caersws, Powys Mid Wales Arts Centre

Thu 27 London Green Note

Fri 28 Saltaire The Live Room, Caroline Social Club

Sat 29 Buxton The Green Man Gallery

Sun 30 Sparrowpit, Derbyshire The Wanted Inn


Tue 2 Ardersier, Scottish Highlands Pace Heritage Cafe

Wed 3 Corran, Scottish Highlands The Ceilidh House & Heritage Centre

Fri 5 Stockton, nr. Southam, Warks. The Nelson Club

Sat 6 Scarborough Woodend Gallery

Sun 7 Leek, Staffs. Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek Blues & Americana Festival NB. Afternoon show

Sun 7 Poynton, Cheshire Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club

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