I first saw Mary Fahl's name in print a couple of months ago, when her concert was added to the calendar of my favorite venue. My instant reaction was Mary Who?, and I probably wasn't the only one to say that. Still, I bought my tickets almost immediately, after watching no more than one or two persuasive YouTube videos.
Friday night I witnessed one the finest shows one could ever catch at McCabe's: Mary's performance left me mesmerized and in awe of an artists who supplements her incredible vocal prowess with a pleasant personality, humility, good looks and a sense of humor. The timbre of Mary's voice is something to behold and I do disagree with author Ann Rice, one of Mary's best fans, who feels that Mary's voice has an androgynous quality to it - to these ears, Mary's vocals are decidedly female, but of a unique nature.
|Mary Fahl at McCabe's|
The hand-written set list does not show Nina Simone's "Wild Is The Wind", Mary's own "Like Johnny Loved June" and "Exiles (The Wolves of Midwinter)" and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now", which were performed by Mary at various points during the show. We also heard a short snippet from Blind Willie Johnson's "The Soul Of A Man".
|The set list|
|Mary Fahl at the end of her show|
|Mary Fahl getting ready to meet fans and sign autographs|
|The merch table|