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(Carmel McCourt, Jim Parris, Gerry Darby)
[1981-…], Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom |
|Carmel McCourt is an English singer, best known for her eponymous band Carmel with bassist Jim Parris, and drummer Gerry Darby.
The band Carmel was formed in Manchester when two students McCourt and Jim Parris got together with drummer Gerry Darby (Parris’s cousin). Their début single, “Storm” reached No. 1 in the UK independent chart and they were signed to London Records. Their second album The Drum is Everything (produced by Mike Thorne) drew some praise. Parris and Darby conjured the effect of a full ensemble backing to McCourt’s vocals, and alternated between soulful ballads, gospel, blues and jazz. The resulting singles “Bad Day” and “More, More, More” both went Top 25 in the UK Singles Chart.
The following album, The Falling (produced by Brian Eno, Hugh Jones and David Motion) had considerable success in France, achieving gold disc status, and also charted in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. “Sally”, the first single lifted from the album, sold 500,000 copies in France alone, and led to McCourt featuring in a duet “J’Oublierai Ton Nom” with French rock star Johnny Hallyday. With the critical and commercial success awarded to both The Falling and the follow-up album Everybody’s Got A Little… Soul, record producers were keen to work with Carmel.
1989 saw the release of Set Me Free, with Brian Eno and Pete Wingfield adding their touches to the material. Jimmy Somerville provided guest vocals on the track “One Fine Day”, a song dedicated to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, only to be assassinated 10 months later. A five star review in Q described the album as “incendiary”. And the decade was closed with the 1990 compilation Collected, summing up the band’s career to that date.
1992’s Good News saw Carmel moving to East West Records with Parris producing. That album was followed by 1995’s World’s Gone Crazy with producers including Carmel McCourt, Jim Parris, Gerry Darby, Julian Mandelsohn and Mike Thorne. A single was released from World’s Gone Crazy, the ballad “If You Don’t Come Back”, an English-language version of “Si Tu No Vuelves” by the Spanish singer-songwriter and actor, Miguel Bosé. In 1997, Ronnie Scotts provided the venue for their last album for over a decade, Live at Ronnie Scotts, a partial retropsective of their work to date, also containing some previously unreleased material.
In 2002 Parris and McCourt undertook a tour playing the old material with a nine piece band. This resulted in a 2004 live DVD entitled More, More, More, comprising a full band performance and an interview with McCourt and Parris.
In December 2011, McCourt and Parris released their first studio album in over 15 years. Still working under the name Carmel, they released the album Strictly Piaf, which consisted of 10 reinterpretations of classic and lesser-known songs by Edith Piaf. An initial single from the album was Sous le ciel de Paris before the album was made available via download. The collection later received a full CD release in August 2012 via Secret Records.
As of October 2012, McCourt was set to return to live work with a new band formation, performing Carmel classics as well as material from the Strictly Piaf album.
On September 25, 2015 Carmel released her first new single with her new band, the double A-Side ‘Sad Situation’ | ‘Second Wife Blues’, on new independent label Kultura Recordings.
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|17 – Carmel – I’m Over You – 1990
15 – Carmel – You Can Have Him – 1989
14 – Carmel – I Have Fallen in Love (Je Suis Tombée Amoureuse) – 1989
13 – Carmel – Every Little Bit – 1988
10 – Carmel – It’s All In The Game – 1987
9 – Carmel – Sally – 1986
5 – Carmel – More, More, More – 1984
3 – Carmel – Willow Weep for Me – 1983
2 – Carmel – Bad Day – 1983
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