Mary McCombs‘ album Selling Flowers is a collection of self penned songs, where Mary’s voice and guitar lay before us stories from her life and experiences. Some recent, I believe and others like the title song ‘Selling Flowers’ from the not too distant past. I have to say at the outset that it took a good number of listens before I even thought I could write anything about the album. I listened in the car, in the factory where I work with all the crashes and bangs and while walking the dog to the local shops. But I didn’t appreciate it until I sat in a quiet room and listened on my headphones. It’s not a loud album and it’s not bouncy and lively. Mary has a clear voice which sometimes does not come across if listened to with other things going on. The layered harmonies, the gentle guitar plucking and even the accordion on ‘Alone Again’ all sound better for your undivided attention.My favourite tracks which may change over time, are ‘Show Them All’ , ‘Sefton Park’ and of course ‘Selling Flowers’, because I can remember the lady selling flowers at the ferry terminal or as the song says I remember the flowers but can’t remember the woman behind the flowers.
Mary is a member of the well known local choir ‘Sense of Sound’ and runs the Cellar Bar Folk at The Cornmarket every first Tuesday of the month. She recently took part in the Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon for the Threshold Festival held at the Elevator Bar, and has just been booked to play at the Liverpool Acoustic Live event on 24th August supporting TJ & Murphy.