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Q&A Special: Musician Mary Gauthier | reviews, news & interviews

Q&A Special: Musician Mary Gauthier

Q&A Special: Musician Mary Gauthier

The country singer tells of the central role adoption played in her life and art

Mary Gauthier: Her concept album 'The Foundling' tells the story of her adoption

The Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury preserves the story of the Foundling Hospital, established in 1739 by Thomas Coram, the artist Hogarth and the composer Handel. At the end of April, American country singer Mary Gauthier performed The Foundling, a concept album telling of her birth and adoption in 1962 and the attempted reunion with her birth mother some 45 years later. Spiky-haired, in a black tee, waistcoat and black jeans, and sporting Lennon-style tinted specs, Gauthier cut a striking figure amidst the Rococo splendour of the Museum’s Picture Gallery, the lean, indomitable singer armed with a guitar and songs of infant abandonment and adult experience, beneath Hogarth’s portraits of the great and good of 18th-century London.

I’ve been able to put words in places where there weren’t words

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