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THE MARY STOKES BAND

Competing at the EBC 2023 is an opportunity to showcase the powerful, dynamic, and distinctive blues sound of The Mary Stokes Band in action. Mary and the band are Ireland’s foremost Blues Band. Over 30 years, partners Mary Stokes and Brian Palm have led The Mary Stokes Band, performing across Ireland, USA and Europe and establishing a remarkable international reputation. 
With Mary’s powerful and passionate vocal style, she and her band are known for their exciting live performances and have opened shows for blues legends John Lee Hooker, BB King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Fats Domino, Johnny Copeland, Otis Rush, Big Bill Morganfield, Joe Louis Walker, Canned Heat, John Campbell, Eddie Kirkland, Keb Mo, and Eric Bibb. The Mary Stokes Band have performed with Lowell Fulson, Lefty Dizz, Louisiana Red, Mojo Buford, Byther Smith, U.P. Wilson, Fenton Robinson and Carey Bell with whom Mary toured extensively, also touring with Lurrie Bell, while Mary was the featured guest vocalist with Hubert Sumlin on his Irish tour.
With over 10 independent album releases over the years, The Mary Stokes Band released their album “Comin’ Home” during the global pandemic. As independent artists, the pandemic obliged Mary and Brian to seek out new ways to deliver their music to the public – “Comin’ Home” was released by Mary and Brian on Bandcamp in 2021 and has been an incredible success, reaching new fans and audiences through worldwide radio play and sales. 
In December 2021 The Mary Stokes Band were incredibly proud that album was named Blues and Roots Radio “Album of the Year” of 2021. That success inspired them to relaunch their 1999 release, delivering the first international release of The Mary Stokes Band’s seminal, fully live “Clouds In My Heart, Live in Dublin” to the international audience. Recorded in a landmark Dublin pub, this album captures the live energy and vitality for which The Mary Stokes Band are so widely known – again garnering acclaim and accolade and reigniting our commitment to gigging and new recording projects in the post pandemic reality.
With new recordings nearing completion, and the honor to have won the European Blues Challenge Ireland, a return to live performance, 2022 has been busy and productive for The Mary Stokes Band and 2023 is set to be a very exciting year indeed!
Mary Stokes - Vocals
Brian Palm - Harmonica
Sarah Michelle (Sarah McInerney) - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Zamo Riffman (Eamonn Griffin): Bass Guitar - Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter.
Jay Oglesby (Jason Oglesby) - Drums

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