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"…her descriptive lyrics began to enthral the audience…without using any pretentious metaphors, you really felt like Mary shared with us a little piece of her soul." -(Fringe Benefits 2012)
With a background in classical and choral music, Mary's ear for melody and harmony are no accident. Having evolved into a singer-songwriter in the acoustic/folk scene, she still carries the training with her into songwriting and performing, arranging and directing.
After recording a five-track demo in 2009 with accomplished artist Pete Murray, Mary has been building a solid reputation on the live music scene. Her first full-length album 'Forest Floor', released in November 2012 and sold out soon after, featured cellist and older brother Jonathan Webb and Adelaide-based percussionist Craig Atkins.
Mary has played alongside some great names in the local and national music scene including Jez Mead, Carus Thompson, Kelly Menhennett, Mal Webb, The Stillsons, Loren Kate and The Hushes.
With the success of her first show in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2012 'We as Art, We as Artists', Mary directed a second instalment of this collaborative project in the 2013 Fringe, 'Drawing Breath' then a third in 2014, 'Temporal Cocoon'.
“...the best live music I have ever seen.”
- Fringe Benefits' review of 'We as Art, We as Artists' 2012.
In 2012 Mary was part of collaborative album 'Preloved Folk', which is a collection of original songs by ten local Adelaide artists swapped among themselves and re-arranged. The album was crowd-funded and was launched to a sell-out crowd at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in November 2012. “Projects like this are what make a career in music continually exciting”, says Mary.
“I get to really push myself as a songwriter... I didn't know what it would look like at the end but I wanted to see how far I could stretch it while still remaining true to myself and my music.”
In April 2013 Mary embarked on an East Coast Tour with Kelly Breuer, Beba (aka Michaela Burger) and Emily Smith as part of the 'Finding Harold Bloom' project. The girls recorded a collaborative EP and toured it to four states. The album and the shows were very well received and the girls were invited back to all the venues they played at, including being offered a residency at the iconic 'Espy' Hotel in St Kilda, Melbourne, which went ahead in July 2013.
Mary is working full-time as a musician, recording, touring and eating muffins out of bins, just like in the movies.