New Release: The Foundling release date is May 18th in the US.

3 Dec

I have spent the last two years working on a project that is now in its final stages, a concept record I am calling the FOUNDLING.

For years I have wanted to write a collection of songs that tells a story, and I’ve finally done it, using Willie Nelsons the Redheaded Stranger as my compass. I’ve loved that record for 30 years, it’s a masterpiece that sings the story of a preacher who shot his cheating wife. Blue Eyes crying in the rain was the big song.

On the FOUNDLING, songs tell the story of a kid abandoned at birth who spent a year in an orphanage and was adopted, who ran way from the adopted home and ended up in show business, who searched for birth parents late in life and found one and was rejected, and who came thru the other side of all this still believing in love.

Yea, it’s my story.

I recorded the project in Toronto with Mike Timmons from the Cowboy Junkies producing, and we used primarily Canadian musicians. I love the way Mike was able to capture my story and create moods around it, a dream soundscape. He brought his sister Margo in and she sang beautiful harmonies, adding another layer of emotional punch in the right places. The musicians breathed their hearts and souls into my songs, and they brought them to life. I am pleased beyond my wildest dreams at how the record came out.

I’ll be putting on makeup (not my favorite thing to do) and taking new publicity pictures soon, giving interviews, and preparing to be on the road for a year or two. It’s hard to believe, but FOUNDLING will be my 7th record  (if you count Genesis, a compilation CD).

The tour kicks off in Australia in March for a three week run, and then we will start adding tour dates all over the world shortly after that. If you’re interested in where I will be, sign up for my mailing list and we will let you know when I am going to be near your town.

19 Responses to “New Release: The Foundling release date is May 18th in the US.”

  1. Pat Logan 20. Feb, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Since hearing Mary at Common Fence last year, singing one song from this new album, I’ve been dying to see it come out. Just can’t wait, Mary. Australia, take good care of her, eh?

  2. Celeste Falcone 20. Feb, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Can’t wait to hear your new album. I was a young teen when the red headed stranger came out; it was one of my first musical treasures; love the cowboy junkies, too.

    I was thankful that my sister in Dallas introduced your music to me a few years ago; we brought in this last New Year listening to some of your songs, which I always find really moving and wonderful.

    Hope to see you in the Boston area someday!
    Celeste Falcone

  3. Maurean 22. Feb, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi Mary, I’ll be 54 Friday 2/26. You’re an inspiration. I’ll spend that night at your show in Sebastopol. I hope some day I can get my song out of me, like you.

  4. Pascale 26. Feb, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Bravo Mary. It is magnificent to have realized it, the way that you traversed in the true life and this project of record which matured every these long years. Your course touches me and I like much your songs. Then I await this new disc impatiently. A few of you. Do I hope you one day in tour in France and maybe in Toulouse? (I was registered on the mailing list). Thank you really. Thank you.

  5. Pascale 26. Feb, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    PS : Pictures on the site are very beautiful !

  6. Von 27. Feb, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    Someone had to do it for us all, glad it was you.Coming to Australia hey, I’ll be there!

  7. Irwin 27. Feb, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Great set of photos on the website Mary. I’m eager to hear the songs on The Foundling. When are you coming back to Canada?

  8. mike 28. Feb, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    God gave you the gift to make music.
    You are a bird that can sing and fly!

  9. Peter 28. Feb, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    I just discovered your music today! I’ve been listening mercy now the whole day. And being also a fan of the cowboy junkies, i was thinking how great it would be for margo timmins to do a cover of mercy now. Then i stumbled on your site and reading that you’re working with Mike Timmins from the junkies. what a great pleasant coincidence. My 2 favorite musical talents working together! Can’t wait to see you on tour!

  10. Duane Brown 03. Mar, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Rrecently Began listening to your music and I must say I haven’t been so touched by a singer, song writer in a log time. Looking forward to the new album.

  11. Kerry Spokes 04. Mar, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    Cant wait to see you at Mossvale Park Music Festival! Have been a fan of yours for a few years now and excited to be finally seeing you live. Its the best venue with the most beautiful huge trees and a great bunch of people who put the event on. See you in a week

  12. Scot Plemmons 07. Mar, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I’m thrilled to find out that you have a new release due out soon. I love your music and now own all of your CDs. You are indisputably one of the greatest songwriters ever. I look forward to THE FOUNDLING and hope to catch you live soon.

  13. Bonnie Bone 10. Mar, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Speaking for myself and those around me at the Freight in Berkeley, we were very moved and felt honored to hear you tell your story with songs from The Foundling. Looking forward to the new CD – and to your return to Berkeley.

  14. Maureen O'Bryan 15. Mar, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    Mossvale music festival was fantastic & heard you for the 1st time. Me & Pals blown away by your beautiful poetic music. We are all fans Now!

  15. Tom Mehan 17. Mar, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    This coming from 61 year old grandfather. Can’t get enough of Mary’s music. Can’t get DRAG QUEENS off the cd player. Talked with Mary afterwards at Bellows Falls a year or so ago. Sign me up for info on FOUNDLING. It is sure to become a treasure to me.

  16. anne skaner 22. Mar, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    Hello I am from Sweden, and I heard about you today and looked after you at Spotify. I love your music and lyrics, I think you are one of us, kids who has growing up in fosterhome, orpens and institution. Pleas work on, and make a better life for people in your country by your music.
    love from Anne, chairman of organisation of stepchildren of Sweden.

  17. Mark 27. Mar, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Well I saw Mary tonite at Hepburn Springs Aust. what a show that was, got a copy of the new CD cant wait for her to come back to Oz. Cheers and thanx Mary for signing the CD

  18. PAUL AND TRISH 27. Mar, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    Hi Mary
    We saw you in Bathurst this week and loved the show.
    Thanks so much for including us in your tour.We haven’t
    stopped thinking about you and your performance since.
    You are a brilliant performer and songwriter and we loved
    meeting you and chatting to you,thanks for being so down
    to earth. We love the new album and think all the love
    you missed out on for so long has manifested itself into
    a wonderful gift that you give to us,thankyou. Come back soon.

  19. Brad / New York 29. Mar, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    After listening to all five of your CD’s inside and out, I am anxiously awaiting your next one, The Foundling. It sounds like it just might be your most personal record yet. Please let us know on this website what would be the best way to pre-order the CD. Hope you make a point of coming back to the NY area in your own concert soon!

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