Mary Lorson

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Mary Lorson
Birth name Mary Lorson
Born New York City
Genres alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1990s–present
Associated acts Madder Rose, Saint Low, Billy Coté

Mary Lorson is an American writer, musician and composer. Best known for her time as the lead singer of alternative pop group Madder Rose and Saint Low, Lorson has gone on to release albums with The Piano Creeps and Mary Lorson & the Soubrettes. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York.


Mary Lorson was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City.[1] She formed Madder Rose with Billy Coté in 1991 in a Greenwich Village apartment.[2] Lorson left the band in 1997 and founded the group Saint Low with bassist Stahl Caso, violinist Joe Myer, pianist Michael Stark, vocalist Jennie Stearns, and drummer Zaun Marshburn. Lorson and Coté toured with Tanya Donelly in 1996-7.[3]

Lorson's tenth full-length disc "BurnBabyBurn" was released in 2011. Lorson and Coté created the original score for "What Remains: The Life and Art of Sally Mann" for Steven Cantor and HBO. She and Coté have a son, Roman. A breast cancer survivor and high school English teacher, Lorson is the author of "Freak Baby and the Kill Thought," an original screenplay about the life of Eva Tanguay.[4] She is currently developing a television project titled "Old School," and scoring the independent web-series "The Chanticleer." As of 2015 Mary Lorson is working on setting a chapter of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake to music, for the Waywords and Meansigns project.[5]


With Mary Lorson & the Soubrettes[edit]

  • BurnBabyBurn, 2011

With The Piano Creeps[edit]

  • Future Blues (for me and you), 2008

With Mary Lorson & Saint Low[edit]

  • Realistic, 2006 (as Mary Lorson & Saint Low)
  • Tricks for Dawn, 2002 (as Mary Lorson & Saint Low)
  • Saint Low, 2000

With Billy Coté[edit]

  • What Remains original score, 2007
  • Barrier Device original score, 2004
  • Two Left Shoes, original score 2003
  • Piano Creeps, 2003

With Madder Rose[edit]

  • Bring It Down, 1993
  • Panic On, 1994
  • The Love You Save, (EP) 1995
  • Tragic Magic, 1997
  • Hello June Fool, 1999

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Verbal Rocket. "Interview with: Mary Lorson (Madder Rose, Saint Low)". Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Iwasaki, Scott (27 May 1994). "madder rose will show s.l. that not being boring matters". Deseret News. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Mary Lorson & Saint Low". Delusions of Adequacy. 15 May 2002. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Clarkson, John (15 January 2012). "Interview: Mary Lorson". Penny Black Magazine. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Punk News article". Retrieved 2015-04-10.