Kelly Oliver – Dec 2014 to Nov 2013

At the end of 2014 Kelly Oliver joined The Big Comfy Sessions in Coventry, had a chat and performed a gorgeous rendition of The Witch of Walkern. Thanks Rob Bridge of Redwood Photography, Michael McEntee – who owns/runs the shop it is filmed in and Richard Harrison who keeps Rob’s videography in line and sorts out the bookings.

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In fact, Kelly was not just ‘guest’- she ran the evening for Hitchin Folk Club as compere, but she was also a featured performer

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Kelly was live guest on BBC Three Counties radio and performed three songs for Gareth Lloyd

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THIS LAND IS OUT NOW. YOU CAN LISTEN NOW AND HEAR THE SONGS AND BUY THEM IF YOU FEEL SO MOVED !

( Oct 27th 2014)

 4 Star review from R2 Magazine !

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Here is a video from the Folktoberfest which was Kelly’s album launch

Thank you to Folkwords.com for choosing This Land as album of the month

“October 2014 Album of the Month: ‘This Land’ by Kelly Oliver ­ – “… an exceptional debut album”

Again it’s time to choose the album that struck that magical chord with all of us. Favourites this month included: ‘While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet’ by Heather Styka, ‘Hand Me Down Miracles’ from The Mascot Theory, ‘Something To Someone’ from Run Boy Run, ‘The Parts Of Us That Still Remain’ by Michelle Lewis … however this time the winner is ‘This Land’ by Kelly Oliver.”

Sonic Bandwagon – Mike Ainscoe :

“Coming through from the lovely people at Folkstock on the back of a rather splendid pre-release film version of the ‘Diamond Girl’ track (more of which later), Kelly Oliver is yet another disarmingly young and unequivocally gifted singer/songwriter from the pool of talent which currently seems to be overflowing. Must be something in the water, but with the likes of Blair Dunlop, Lucy Ward and Luke Jackson (more of whom later) they seem to be coming out of the woodwork at an alarming rate” Mike Ainscoe

Read more from the review by Mike Ainscoe here

Listen to This Land by Kelly Oliver

“ a manifest pleasure to review an exceptional debut album… it’s been truly wonderful to witness the continued rise of singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver – a lady that’s set to become one of England’s premier folk talents. Beautifully-architectured arrangements of guitar and harmonica…Her voice, rich and natural, silvered and sensuous, cascades lifeblood into her lyrics lifting her songs towards those hidden places where deep feelings dwell. Add an expressive touch on guitar and harmonica and you know that you’re listening to something fresh, vibrant and as essential as breathing…simply restored faith that sometimes outstanding talent does win through”. Tim Carroll, Folkwords

Click here read the review of Kelly Oliver in Folkwords

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Click here read the review of Kelly Oliver in Folking.com

“it’s been a remarkable year for Oliver. On the evidence so far, that’s just the tip of what promises to be a very big iceberg…a heart-aching stripped down version of Dougie Maclean’s much-covered ‘Caledonia’ that makes me recant my desire never to hear it again.”

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Nice coverage in the Hertfordshire Mercury

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Bob Harris introduces Diamond Girl on BBC Radio 2 !

 

SECOND BBC RADIO 2 PLAY FOR KELLY OLIVER !

“Brand new, very beautiful music from Kelly Oliver. Just lovely isn’t it? “.  BOB HARRIS BBC RADIO 2

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“Kelly Oliver seems to be getting on everyone’s radar … someone pretty special” Spiral Earth

“Kelly’s brand of Folk is so accessible that you don’t need to be a ‘Strictly Folk’ music junky to enjoy her music. If you like a beautiful voice, lyrics from the heart and warm melodies then Kelly Oliver deserves your attention” Music Crowns

“hotly tipped” R2 Magazine

Delighted that Kelly’s first single released from her debut album was played on BBC Radio Two Folk Show on Wednesday 1st October. Click here to listen, for up to 7 days after 1st October, the show featuring Kelly Oliver

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“graceful…stripped back simplicity…an album rich in honesty and…a blossoming talent…golden vocals..storytelling, with classical ease and accompaniment …While THIS LAND has its feet firmly placed in the traditional camp, there is a potential to reach out to a wider audience” Three Chords and the Truth

“Without any hint of being patronising Kelly Oliver seems to have matured so much in such a short time it almost defies the laws of nature. Oliver may not have been around that long but she has slotted right in and looks and feels at home on the folk circuit like a veteran but having the advantage of her fresh and vibrant sound.” Danny Farragher Folkall Blog

“This Land” is an album of crisp lines, there is a real separation of voice and instruments, you can clearly hear every note, every harmonic and yet they all pull together to create a whole that you don’t get when the instruments have that more blended quality. It means that the arrangements are not only fresh, but you can almost feel the creative process bubbling beneath.

I’ve always been of the belief that a folk album should be a history lesson, a geography lesson and death or two. Ideally there might also be a bit of politics in the mix, both on a personal level and wider level, “This Land” reflects that in song terms, it’s an almanac not a diary.

Kelly Oliver and “This Land” is a complex proposition and yet it all pulls together into a wonderful picture, that draws on the broad canvas of life, it’s inspiring in its own right and a damned fine listen time and time again.” Neil King, FATEA Magazine

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Kelly Oliver lives in North Hertfordshire and is a Royal Holloway graduate. Having made a life changing decision while travelling in Brazil in 2013, she came back determined to follow her heart and attempt to make her career as a singer songwriter. She was recommended to approach local acoustic champion, Helen Meissner in May of the same year and opened the Folkstock Presents stage at her festival last September.

Kelly has since played at Cambridge Folk Festival in both 2013 and 2014 under the auspices of Hitchin Folk Club, has supported many prominent names in the folk world and duetted with Dave Swarbrick, Sunjay, Will Pound, Luke Jackson and is sponsored by Hohner, has sessioned with Bob Harris and appears to be breaking boundaries, with no familial background in music.

Contact : Helen Meissner at  Folkstock@hotmail.co.uk

Pictured here are Kelly and Bob Harris chatting during an interview for his Whispering Bob TV showcase in May 2014.

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OVERVIEW

1) Diamond Girl featuring Luke Jackson is Kelly Oliver’s first single release from her debut album This Land. It is being released on 2nd October on Folkstock Records. It is a radio edit just under 3 mins of the second track off the album and also includes an a capella treat which is 1 min 14 seconds long

2) Kelly’s album release was made possible thanks to her winning an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK, for which we are extremely grateful.

3) Kelly’s album is being released on 27th October at Folktoberfest, organised by Folkstock. The line up is an exciting selection of fresh faces on the folk scene and have received BBC 2 Folk Award nominations – Maz O’Connor, Luke Jackson, Jess Morgan and Said the Maiden in addition to Kelly of course.

4) Kelly has a number of great support slots and events coming up : The Young ‘Uns at Ely Folk Club, Kelly is releasing her single on 2nd October and that night performing at The Song Loft, Stony Stratford supporting Vin Garbutt, 4th October Wychwood Folk Club supporting The Sam Kelly Trio, 17th Oct at Cambridge Folk Club supporting Sunjay and 23rd October supporting Merry Hell at The Miller in London Bridge, ahead of Folktoberfest on 27th October in Harpenden Public Halls along with Maz O’Connor, Luke Jackson, Jess Morgan and Said the Maiden.

5) Kelly is one of the 30 featured artists on the Armistice Pals charity single being released on 9th November, which also features the voices of Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger, Lucy Ward, Luke Jackson, Ninebarrow, Reg Meuross, Said the Maiden, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Kelly While and many others.

6) Kelly has been interviewed by Whispering Bob Harris and recorded a session for his WBBC production company, has been interviewed onto these BBC Radio shows : Nick Coffer Three Counties, Gaby Roslin BBC London, Genevieve Tudor BBC Hereford and Worcester, Johnny Coppin BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Doug Welch BBC Kent, Ruth Barnes’s Other Woman Show on Amazing Radio, Roger Pettit’s Roots and Shoots on Felixstowe Radio, John Devine’s Traditional Irish show on Radio Verulam. Sarah Lowther’s show on Radio Dacorum, Kevin Hall’s show on Biggles FM, Eddie Curry’s show on Phoenix FM.

Clips from the album, This Land being released on 27th October

 

Featured in Hertfordshire Life ( October 2014)

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Featured in the Welwyn Hatfield Times

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With the release of “This Land”, the final piece of the Kelly Oliver jigsaw slips neatly into place. There was already plenty of kudos there for her growing live reputation and previous EPs and guest appearances on compilations give hints that see was an artist that could put it all together in the studio as well, “This Land” confirms all that and more.

The first single from the album, “Diamond Girl” is a duet with the much in demand Luke Jackson, bringing together two sparkling lights of the third wave of folk to create one of those songs that lingers in the mind long after the sound has diminished without ever suffering the issue of becoming an ear worm, it simply leaves you with that sense of wonderment that may have other family members telling you to snap out of it.

Whilst folk is at the core of “This Land”, there is a nod or two other parts of the acoustic spectrum, sometimes also bringing in a poppier element, sometimes a bluesier feel, particularly when Kelly gives the vocal chords a rest to remind us that she’s a pretty damned fine harmonica player. For the record she’s no slouch on the six string either.

I’ve said before there are elements of Annie Briggs in Kelly Oliver’s sound, but she is very much her own person with her own style, an artist that loves and respects the history of her music and is inspired to use that to keep it fresh and new, rather than a copy, which no matter how good it is, is ultimately still a copy. That doesn’t mean that you can’t cover songs, it means that you make them your own, put your own spin on it and when you listen to Kelly’s interpretation of “Caledonia” you appreciate what a fine art that really is.

“This Land” is an album of crisp lines, there is a real separation of voice and instruments, you can clearly hear every note, every harmonic and yet they all pull together to create a whole that you don’t get when the instruments have that more blended quality. It means that the arrangements are not only fresh, but you can almost feel the creative process bubbling beneath.

I’ve always been of the belief that a folk album should be a history lesson, a geography lesson and death or two. Ideally there might also be a bit of politics in the mix, both on a personal level and wider level, “This Land” reflects that in song terms, it’s an almanac not a diary.

Like the jigsaw I alluded to in the opening paragraph, Kelly Oliver and “This Land” is a complex proposition and yet it all pulls together into a wonderful picture, that draws on the broad canvas of life, it’s inspiring in its own right and a damned fine listen time and time again.

Neil King

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“Without any hint of being patronising Kelly Oliver seems to have matured so much in such a short time it almost defies the laws of nature. Oliver may not have been around that long but she has slotted right in and looks and feels at home on the folk circuit like a veteran but having the advantage of her fresh and vibrant sound…This Land seems to have a retro element built into it…..There is something just so familiar about her voice and yet so new. It has a freshness about it and yet you could take her back to the iconic festivals of the 60s and she wouldn’t be out of place at all. She is fortunate in having talent by the bucket load and others have taken years to reach what is Oliver’s starting point.Kelly has this ability to reach people at a deep emotional level with her singing. ” Folkall Blogspot, Danny Farragher

Click here to read the rest of the review from Danny Farragher’s Folkall blogspot

Pics from our visit to WBBC for ‘Under the Apple Tree’, from l to r, Rodeo Whiter, Helen Meissner, Kelly Oliver, Bob Harris

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REVIEW BY THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH OF THIS LAND

“graceful…stripped back simplicity…an album rich in honesty and…a blossoming talent…golden vocals…storytelling…with classical ease and accompaniment…THIS LAND has it’s feet firmly placed in the traditional camp…(while) there is a potential to reach out to a wider audience’  Click here to read the rest of the review from Three Chords and the Truth

A TASTER OF KELLY OLIVER LIVE

Click here read the review of Rhythms of the World from Artrocker magazine

Moving on to the main attraction of the festival…The performers! There were certain names that were on everyone’s lips which we couldn’t miss. Singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver graced the Arcadelectric stage with her own original music. Her soft gentle tones were enough to reel everyone in to believing the stories she was telling through her music. One word: beautiful.

“The gateway to coming across this album was catching and commenting upon

Kelly Oliver’s set at Cambridge Folk Festival earlier this month. Her beautiful vocals resonated with high value.

She may have been competing with Van Morrison in the background but the beautiful vocals of Kelly Oliver won the match up” Three Chords and the Truth.

First airplay for Diamond Girl – Kelly Oliver Ft. Luke Jackson ‘a beaut of a track’ Scott McGerty, Amazing Radio

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WELL DONE KELLY OLIVER FOR GAINING AN EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM HELP MUSICIANS UK

This award paid for the recording and manufacture of the album This Land.

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“We are proud to announce that 25 of the UK’s most promising artists have been selected to receive grants of up to £3,000 at the latest round of the Emerging Excellence Awards.

Seven classical artists, six folk, two jazz, and ten songwriters and bands have been awarded funding for an exciting range of projects ranging from album recordings and tours to the production of newly commissioned operas.

This round has proven to be a particularly strong one for folk artists, with panellists impressed by the outstanding talent and innovation of breakthrough musicians in this category”

Background to the debut album : This Land

Welcome to a dramatic collection of thought provoking themes, which are showcased in this exciting debut album from Kelly Oliver, one of the freshest faces on the scene who promises to be one of the fastest rising stars in the folk firmament.

Ranging from traditional songs right through to contemporary folk, ‘This Land’ demonstrates the versatility of Kelly’s voice, musicianship and song writing and suggests a blossoming of confidence and maturing objectivity when compared to her more introspective debut EP Far From Home.

This Land is being released on 27th October at Folktoberfest in Harpenden Public Halls. Herts (which also features Maz O’Connor, Luke Jackson, Jess Morgan and Said the Maiden on the illustrious line up) ánd will be available a month before release at tour dates in September.

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Eleven tracks plus a secret slice of gorgeous a capella are being delivered in a jewel case which is transformed into a work of art thanks to the eight page lyric booklet created by Freddy Bulmer, with the music being produced by Lauren Deakin Davies and Kelly Oliver and mastered by Rob Groucutt. Additional instrumentation provided by Sunjay Brayne (Caledonia), Dave Swarbrick (Grandpa was a Stoker) Kaity Rae (Diamond Girl) and Lauren Deakin Davies – Bass guitar wherever it features across the album.

Diamond Girl is the first song to be released off the album. It will be a radio edit of the second track from ‘This Land’ and features the rich and deep vocals of Luke Jackson which creates an exquisite, unique and captivating duet.

Luke Jackson was a 2013 BBC 2 Folk Award double nominee and has released his second album Fumes and Faith earlier this year.

Diamond Girl will be available on special pre release via Folkstock Records bandcamp and Kelly Oliver’s website (kellyoliver.co.uk) on 11th September and via iTunes and the usual digital outlets on 2nd October.

We are indebted to Help Musicians UK for Kelly’s Emerging Excellence Award which has made this album possible and we would like to thank Hohner harmonicas and Sutherland Trading for their continued support and for providing the best instruments for Kelly to make her music.

Thanks also to Whispering Bob Harris’s Broadcasting Company (WBBC), Ruth Barnes The Other Woman show for Amazing Radio, Jon Earl for Songs from the Shed, Gaby Roslin on BBC London among others for inviting Kelly to session for them.

Kelly’s brand of Folk is so accessible that you don’t need to be a ‘Strictly Folk’ music junky to enjoy her music. If you like a beautiful voice, lyrics from the heart and warm melodies then Kelly Oliver deserves your attention” Music Crown

“Kelly Oliver seems to be getting on everyone’s radar … someone pretty special” Spiral Earth

“hotly tipped” R2 Magazine

If you would like to play any of these tracks on your radio show or review the whole album or single, please get in contact via email folkstock@hotmail.co.uk

FEATURE BY ROB BRIDGE:

One name I’ve seen cropping up all over the place in the last six months is Kelly Oliver. Rave reviews of her debut EP on all the major folk music sites…interviews…a session with Bob Harris on ‘Under the Apple Tree’…it seems like Kelly Oliver has literally launched onto the UK folk scene.

Kelly is a product of the Folkstock record label and has Mrs Folkstock herself – Helen Meissner – working in her corner, so no surprises that she’s making an impact. But it doesn’t matter who’s supporting you…you’ve got to have the talent to go with it.

And Kelly Oliver certainly has that in abundance.

An amazingly developed voice, nice guitar chops, the added dimension of harmonica (she’s sponsored by Hohner, by the way) and some clever songwriting. Furthermore, closer attention to her lyrics reveal an intellect and slight ‘edginess’ that suggests there’s perhaps more to Kelly Oliver than being just another singer/songwriter.

Keen to find out more, I arranged to meet up and have a chat with Kelly when she visited the Midlands to play the Folk On The Water festival….

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Click here to read the interview from Rob Bridge at Redwood Photography

 

Visiting Genevieve Tudor to discuss the single and Debut album release

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Song of the Day on For Folk’s Sake

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 Express and Star, Wolverhampton

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Performing at the Folk 21 Showcase in Wolverhampton

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Performing for Folk in a Box in Margate, pictured with Daria Kulesh and Minnie Birch

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With The Young ‘Uns after supporting at Ely

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With Ruth Barnes at Amazing Radio after Kelly’s sesion for The Other Woman

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With Jon Earl after a cracking session at Songs from the Shed

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With Cathryn Craig after supporting Cathryn and Brian Willoughby at Hitchin Folk Club

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Sponsored by Hohner for Harmonicas and guitars – on the Hohner website !

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With Nick Coffer after performing for Three Counties Radio

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Performing with Sunjay at Genevieve Tudor’s BBC Hereford and Worcester Folk Show

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Review and Introducing feature in Spiral Earth

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Performing with Dave Swarbrick

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Performing with Luke Jackson

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Performing with Will Pound

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Visiting Gaby Roslin on BBC London with Will Pound

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Choosing some lovely jewellery from award winning Harriet Kelsall

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Visiting BBC London

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To read the full interview with Danny Farragher on his Folk all Blog spot, please click here

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Review in R2 Magazine

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Click here to read Noel Cowley’s review
In Kelly Oliver the British folk music scene is witnessing the emergence of a bright new star. What a coup it is for the new independent label Folkstock Records to have her debut EP as its first release. In turn the Folkstock label, known predominantly for its support of emerging singer-songwriters, is the perfect home for Kelly in the early stages of what Far From Home indicates will be a long and sparkling career.

Kelly’s mature voice belies her young age. The natural melancholy in it is well suited to the title track, a song about a seemingly doomed love affair but which leaves the door slightly ajar for fans of a happy ending. “He was always far from home, but he knew he’d always come home”. Her singing bears favourable comparison with Joan Baez, rising to land on higher notes with ease and unerring accuracy. When she holds long notes the effect is as fresh and vibrant as a warm summer breeze.

Far From Home leads into Keilan Are You Coming, an upbeat track dipping a toe into folk-rock territory. The subject of the song is a boy in a shanty town. The singer of the tale is invited into the boy’s mother’s threadbare home to eat. What happened before and what happen after are left to the listener’s imagination. This is artistry at it’s best – like a good play or film it makes you think. That’s often everything an artist hopes to achieve. Mission accomplished.

The EP’s closing track, Brazil Song, has much in common with Keilan Are You Coming in that it’s likely a postcard from time spent travelling. This one (well timed in World Cup year) records the writer’s experience of the first and developing worlds meeting and the contrast is startling: “You know great, I’ll show you small. You know wealth, I’ll show you poor.”

Grandpa Was A Stoker sounds like in time it will come to be seen as the EP’s highlight. It does one of the things that folk songs that stand the test of time often do – it tells a story that can be passed on to future generations – a story that might be lost forever were it not recorded in this way. As such it can be a valuable source of material for social historians. This song vividly describes the travails of a ship’s stoker who endures back breaking, mind bending toil to provide for his loved ones, and so as the ship can sail. It showcases Kelly’s guitar playing, harmonica and vocal skills. Her voice is softly and enigmatically accented into a smooth blend that sounds neither entirely British, Irish or American – more all three at once – like Judy Collins for instance. As she sings she picks out a counter melody on the guitar which adds an extra layer of depth to an otherwise stripped back sound. The song progresses into a Donovan’s Catch The Wind style strummed rhythm and takes in some tidy harmonica too. All the elements are tied together and balanced beautifully by the other youthful individual involved in this recording, producer-engineer Lauren Deakin Davies (also of the folk-pop group Delora).

Folk music needs artists like Kelly Oliver. She’s one of a new breed of young singer-songwriters who take their influences from the folk greats of old, like Bob Dylan and Luke Kelly. Most importantly, she’s injecting new material into a genre which, perhaps more than any other, needs constant renewal and development to survive.

I fully expect Kelly to be receiving nominations and picking up gongs for Best Newcomer, if not Best Vocalist and Best Song/EP outright, when the awards season returns at the end of the year.”

 

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Click here to read the interview Michael Linford conducted with Kelly Oliver

“Surprisingly, “Far From Home” is both Kelly Oliver and Folkstock Records’ debut release, though from the moment your hear the hirst chord, you know better bigger things await both of them as this very accomplished release shows…The clear and crisp production ensures that the delivery is about as pure as you’d want it to be without it being sterile, i.e. you can hear the personality of the artist bursting forth in the song and you can’t ask any more of an artist than that.” Neil King, Fatea Magazine

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Click here to read Neil King’s review in FATEA Magazine fr Kelly’s first release – EP Far From Home which came out at the end of 2013

 

 

 

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