Irish singer Mary Black is preparing for her final world tour as she begins to wind down after a career spanning 40 successful years.
Black has been one of the leading lights of Irish music both as a solo performer and as a member of De Dannan back in the 1980s.
She told the Irish Independent newspaper: “I’m calling the tour ‘The Last Call’ and it will be my final tour abroad.
“I’ve been touring for 30 years and all that travelling does take it out of you, so I just felt it was the right time.”
“We’ll start in the UK, then on to Europe and then off to Asia and America, so it’s going to be a very busy schedule. I’ll never actually stop singing, I’m not ready to give that up yet, but I just don’t want to do that hard slog anymore; it’s gruelling.
“I’ve a grandchild now and another on the way too, so I’d like to pick and choose what I want to do; it’s another chapter for me and my family and it’s exciting.”
Announcing the tour on her website, Black said: “Music has been so good to me, I’ve loved touring the world for the last 30 years….I have made so many friends and have countless fond memories from different corners of the globe. So to my fans everywhere I’d like to thank you and let you know that I hope to get back again to all my favourite places in 2014 for one last tour – The Last Call”
The tour begins in Germany on 24 January and then continues in the UK in March. More dates and countries are to be announced later.