Travels in recording
SONG: 'The Quiet Land of Erin' is an English version of the Gaelic poem 'Ardai Chuain' translated for Mary by her sister Joan O'Hara. Mary used this song as the theme for her first BBCTV series in 1956: 'The Starlight Series'
"Mary O'Hara has a voice of sweet, crystal clear purity, the unusual ability of accompanying herself expertly on the Celtic harp, and that special Irish brand of photogenic beauty, and there seems no doubt that 1978 will consolidate and expand the international success of her return from a closed-order convent after 12 years. "Mary O'Hara At The Royal Festival Hall" (Chrysalis CHR1159) was recorded in concert at that venue on November 5th last year with a small orchestra in support and a scintillating selection of songs, including Morning Has Broken, Tapestry, Bring Me A Shawl From Galway, Carole Bayer Sager's When I Need You and Mary O'Hara's own setting of her late husband Richard Selig's poem Among Silence. Her diffidently charming introductions set the seal on a first-class, folk-oriented LP which culminates with Sydney Carter's Lord Of The Dance."
Reviewed by Nigel Hunter in the Gramophone magazine March 1978