Vocals & Guitar
musical life began in 6th grade with a "cool"
flower-covered electric guitar and amp (with
tremolo!). As a "child of the 70's," she blissfully
sang along with Queen, Elton John and Led Zeppelin
- until anyone walked into the room.
In the late
80's, voice & guitar classes at the New School
in Manhattan helped move Marian out of her room and
into NYC's CBGB's Record Lounge, The Back Fence
& Trocadero. In '95 Marian formed the duo
Mercury Rising, playing at Downtime, CB's Gallery,
Orange Bear, Baggott Inn, etc.
The duo grew
into the band Project Mercury in winter '98, and
appeared at showcase venues Nightingale Bar, Elbow
Room and the Lion's Den. In October '98, Charlene
Donohue and her violin came on board, and the band
edited down to take on the coffeehouse crowds at
Eureka Joe's, the Gaslight, Hillside Cafe, and Sun
Life and love have fueled some interesting lyrics, like Beach
Musings, a tribute to the Jersey
shore and Rest of Your Life, a song of hope. Marian's influences include said 70's rock
gods; quirky goddesses Kate Bush, Dar Williams and
Tori Amos; and a mix o'men like Damien Rice, The
Decemberists, R.E.M., Ben Folds and Joe Jackson. To
hear what this mix adds up to, check out these songs and visit the MUSIC page:
Patience: demo MP3 of one of Marian's newer originals
Love.com: Project Mercury live performance video
At Palisades: the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society set Marian's tune to video
Awards are a happy part of the story.
Leather received Honorary Mention in
Billboard's International Song Contest. In 2002,
Marian was a winner of the New Jersey Folk
Festival new songwriter showcase award.
Did You Get Like That? won a Billboard Certificate of
Achievement in 1998.
Marian is a volunteer for Musicians On Call.
Photo credit: devinphoto.
photos of Marian.
THE SLEWFOOT PROJECT
Marian had the pleasure of recording harmonies with this gang of Americana musicians in 2012 on their new CD Torn, and sometimes joins up with them at local gigs. Next up:
Friday, June 21st, 9:00-11:00pm
Clover Leaf Inn
479 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY
MARIAN + CHARLENE = PROJECT GEMINI
After a much-too-long hiatus, we are dipping our toes back in, introducing a new song (and new cover tunes), and making friends with many old favorites.
Saturday, June 22nd, 8:00-10:00pm
Starving Artist Cafe
249 City Island Avenue
City Island, NY
Yummy casual menu available, BYOB. Arrive early - City Island gets crazy in the summer! Call for reservations. Pass-the-hat admission.
Cover classic rock/pop band featuring musicians at
Sony Electronics. Peter DiIorio-electric guitar
& vocals, Glenn Govier-bass, Nick
DiLello-guitar & vocals, John Vourtsis-drums,
Dom Esolda-keys & vocals, Andy Munitz-violin.
Performing the likes of Springsteen, R.E.M., Joe
Jackson, The Eagles.