During Le Guess Who? 2017 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Canadian singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara gave a very rare live appearance, curated by Perfume Genius for the festival. We are extremely proud to now be able to share the video recordings of the performance, premiered by The Wire.
Declared a ‘cult hero’ by The Guardian, O’Hara’s fans include Radiohead and Michael Stipe (who declared her “a national treasure”). Adding to the mystery that surrounds her, O’Hara only ever released one album, 1988’s iconic ‘Miss America’: a record which, over time, would turn out to be a very influential one.
At Le Guess Who?, Mary Margaret O’Hara gave a mostly improvised performance, accompanied on stage by Peggy Lee, Aidan Closs, and her brother Marcus O'Hara playing balloons. Watch the video here via The Wire, and listen to their full performance below.
Le Guess Who? recordings
Le Guess Who? has published many of its festival recordings over the past few years via the festival’s online archive. It contains audio and/or video recordings of a.o. Aldous Harding, Deerhunter, Cate Le Bon, Makaya McCraven, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Neneh Cherry, Mount Eerie, Selda Bağcan, and many more.
Filmed on November 12, 2017, at TivoliVredenburg Utrecht during Le Guess Who?
Camera: Wim Adam, Milan van Dril, Kilian Kayser
Edit: Barry Spooren
Sound recording: Marc Broer
Photography: Sara Amroussi-Gilissen and Juri Hiensch