Irish singing legend, Mary Coughlan, performs on the Royal stage in Northampton next week.
Celebrating 25 years in the business, Coughlan is one of Ireland’s best-known singers and the jazz and blues legend will be accompanied by her double bassist and keyboard player.
The eldest of five children, by her mid teens she was no stranger to drugs and on her way to alcoholism.
At 16 she was committed to a mental health hospital and by 19 she was a wife and mother, living in a hippie squat in London.
Back in Galway, she was persuaded to enter a local talent contest in 1983. She came second and within two years had moved to Dublin and released her debut album, which went on to sell 100,000 copies in Ireland alone.
Coughlan plays on Wednesday, October 9. Doors open at 7.45pm and tickets cost £17.50.