17TH OCTOBER NEWS
KELLY OLIVER WINS BEST FEMALE ARTIST AT THE NMG AWARDS
11TH OCTOBER NEWS
ANNOUNCING KELLY OLIVER’S NEXT SINGLE, MILES TO TRALEE.
AS EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED BY FATEA MAGAZINE
FEATURE IN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HER, FROM WE PLUG GOOD MUSIC BLOG
Exciting third single played by Bob Harris on his BBC Radio 2 Sunday Show on 11/10/15
This brings Kelly’s play for BBC Radio 2 to six plays in total.
THANKS TO ALAN DAVIES AT WELWYN HATFIELD TIMES FOR THIS COMPREHENSIVE FEATURE – 23RD SEPTEMBER
Here’s a taster
And here’s Kelly’s newest song Bedlam
SINGLE RELEASE FOR DOUBLE A SIDE RIO/SAME WORLD – 25TH SEPTEMBER
HERE ARE THE TRACKS TO STREAM AND DOWNLOAD IF YOU WISH
Mark Forrest played Kelly’s track Rio across the entire BBC local network on Tuesday 22nd September
” I really, really, really like her voice- great song too”
Lovely feature in the CORNISH GUARDIAN 16TH SEPT 2015
17th – 21st September activities for Kelly Oliver
OVERVIEW : Kelly Oliver has been played 5 times on BBC Radio 2 – her latest three singles have been played on The Folk Show and Bob Harris’s Sunday Show. She has gained 4 plays on BBC 6 Music, for her last two singles, Jericho and Rio from Chris Hawkins on the Early Show.
Kelly’s debut album This Land attracted a 4* review from The Telegraph and inclusion in their top Folk Albums of 2014.
She has won an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK to fund her debut album which went on to gain an Album of the Year award from Folkwords and nomination in Debut Album of the Year from FATEA.
She has been reviewed live by The Times, who said she was successfully ‘blending traditional values with bold indie pop sensibility’ and Bob Harris has said she is an ’emerging voice in British Folk’ and that she offers ‘beautiful new music’.
“now to a beautiful song by an artist called Kelly Oliver of whom Mark Rad is a fan. This is the second track I’ve played on the early show for you by her and this is the super sweet, cool and lush new one Rio with the added bonus of Thea Gilmore on backing vocals….
…That is pure talent, it’s Kelly oliver …that sounded great Kelly such a gifted singer songwriter. Kelly Oliver’s next gig is this coming sat headlining at the the Haresfoot Brewery Folk fest in Berkhamsted which is literally a drink up in a brewery”
“Kelly Oliver is a very talented singer and songwriter, but what impressed me the most was the intricacy of her guitar playing. I thought I’d be helping her along, but she was teaching me fancy chords, rhythms and tunings by the end of the session!” Stu Hanna, (Megson), Producer
“The double A side singles are two contrasting pieces in terms of music and content. Rio is a very upbeat track, co-written by myself with my producer Nigel Stonier, with lots of production to emulate the energy and musical culture in Rio de Janeiro, the city upon which the song is based. Same World, written by myself and produced by Stu Hanna, is much more stripped back and has more of a country-folk feel to it, as it explores the idea of living in an alternate reality to normal society. “ Kelly Oliver
“an emerging voice of British Folk Music…it’s a wonderful track…brand new, very beautiful music from Kelly Oliver. It’s lovely isn’t it ? It REALLY is ” Whispering Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
“delightful fresh new talent with a future take on traditional folk” Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music Click here to read the feature in Devon Life Magazine” THE STORY SO FAR…. Kelly Oliver is based in Herts but is continually touring the country with her pure voice and interesting, original songs. She is a young award winning acoustic singer songwriter who gained a Help Musicians UK financial award to fund her debut album, which went on to gain 4* review from The Telegraph and an Album of the Year Award in 2014. Kelly is a bright new jewel on the acoustic folk scene and if you listen to BBC Radio 2 or 6 you might have heard her songs. Whispering Bob Harris was heard on national radio proclaiming her music “brand new, beautiful music, it’s lovely isn’t it? It REALLY is…. Kelly Oliver is an emerging voice in British Folk Music” and The Times reviewed her ‘fine’ live set and remarked that she was successfully “blending traditional values with bold indie pop sensibility”. Kelly has had three plays on BBC 6 Music and Chris Hawkins said this on air “fabulously gifted..something special…delightful fresh new talent with a future take on traditional folk”. Kelly is working on her second album with celebrated producers Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore) and Stu Hanna (Megson, Lucy Ward) as well as our young female producer Lauren Deakin Davies. Lauren also produced Kelly’s debut EP and album and the first song she had played on BBC Radio 2, Diamond Girl. She has been touring the country over the summer with a string of prestigious bookings including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ in Axminster. Kelly has performed at Cambridge Folk Festival in both 2013 and 2014 for Hitchin Folk Club, has supported Cara Dillon, The Young ‘Uns, Chris and Kellie While, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, The Urban Folk Quartet, as well as headlining her own gigs. Kelly has performed live with Dave Swarbrick, Sunjay, Luke Jackson, Lukas Drinkwater, Ciaran Algar and Tobias ben Jacob as well as part of super group at The Convent Gloucestershire’s press party with Martin and Eliza Carthy, Tom Robinson, Gerry Diver among others and released a single with Will Pound as well as Diamond Girl featuring Luke Jackson and Jericho with Ciaran Algar, which was out on May 11th. Kelly has been invited to session for Whispering Bob Harris for his ‘Under The Apple Tree’ show thrice, to record at Jon Earl’s famed Songs from the Shed twice, Balcony TV Exeter, interview and session with Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, perform live on BBC Stations as following: Three Counties Radio – four times, Cambridgeshire – twice, London, Kent, Gloucestershire – four times, Bristol – three times, Berkshire, York, Solent, Stoke, Hereford and Worcester, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset. 2015 is looking busy with a single being released on May 11th, two further singles this year ahead of an album early 2016, produced with Nigel Stonier, Stu Hanna and Lauren Deakin Davies, a range of headline gigs and festivals in addition to recent live performances on Norwich’s Mustard TV as well as London Live TV. If you are able to see Kelly live,you can expect an inspiring, entertaining, flawless performance from a relaxed singer songwriter with a pure voice who is clearly enjoying her vocation. Kelly plays a range of mostly original material, with some familiar songs such as Bob Dylan or Steve Earle, and a dose of Celtic folk influenced tracks such as Caledonia or Mary and the Soldier. These provide a counterpoint to Kelly’s searingly honest and raw heart felt lyrics delivered with delicate finger picking and surprisingly feisty tales with an almost bluesy rhythmn woven into the set, and unusually for a female performer, accompaniment from one of Kelly’s many Hohner harmonicas. Kelly has duetted with a number of prominent names in the music world including Fairport Convention’s Dave Swarbrick who remarked “Kelly has the vocal skills and an exquisite voice to boot. For one so young to have such a grasp of life’s travails is unusual, I like Kelly Oliver’s approach to the present and the past and I predict a glittering future for her” Dave Swarbrick As Music Crowns pointed out “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” “fabulously gifted..something special…delightful fresh new talent with a future take on traditional folk” Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music Click here to read the feature and watch the links in Tastebuds Magazine”
Click here to read all about the tour in Music Muso” SOUTH AND WEST TOUR 16TH July to 30th July 8th July BBC Radio Gloucestershire 2.30pm 8th July Carpenter’s Arms, Miserden 9th July Barry West End Club, Barry, South Wales, with Tobias ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater 16th July The Willow Tree, Winchester special guest for Sandtimer 17th July Frome Fm – Recording session for Homely Remedies 19th July Larmer Tree Festival 21st July Interview and session with Kate Dimbleby 21st July BBC Radio Bristol live session 22nd July Session with Songs from the Caravan 22nd July 10 Radio Taunton – Trevor Lloyd show 5pm 23rd July Wheelwright Inn Colyford, Devon 24th July Balcony TV Exeter session 24th July BBC Radio Cornwall live session 24th July Mill House, Polperro, Cornwall 25th July SoundArt Radio – live interview and session with Steve Baldwin 25th July Kingskerswell Parish Church with support from Rosa Rebecka 26th July Village Pump Festival 29th July Phoenix FM, Exeter – live interview/session 30th July Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Restaurant, Axminster, Devon
Click here to read the Lynn News feature online” As printed in The Eastern Daily Press
Gigs coming up 18th June – LEICESTER – TheMusician double heading with Tobias ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater Click here to buy tickets for The Musician Leicester” 19th – NEWBURY, BERKS – Ace Space double heading with Delly Welly Boot Band Click here to buy tickets for ACE Space Newbury 20th – HITCHIN – Rhythms of the World – 1pm opening St Mary’s Stage
Click here to buy tickets for Rhythms of the World 20th – CHELLASTON, DERBYSHIRE – solo headline gig for Village Folk, Chellaston
Click here to buy tickets for Village Folk 21st – THE SUPERCAR EVENT – Dunsfold Park, Surrey – Kelly is performing 2 x 45 mins sets in the VIP Marquee, starting at 1pm and 3pm Click here to buy tickets to the Supercars event in aid of the Children’s Trust Folk singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver is back with Jericho, the first single to be taken from her sophomore album Jericho is the first single to be taken from folk singer Kelly Oliver’s as yet untitled second album, which is due for release in Spring 2016. Traditional at the core, and with production from Nigel Stonier, Jericho builds from a tender guitar and harmonica introduction into Oliver’s distinctive and breathtaking vocals. Andy Fairweather Low’s drummer Paul Beavis joins in with a bouncy percussion, alongside Alan Lowles on accordion and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ciaran Algar on the fiddle. Algar also provides backing vocals to the rousing song, which takes the story of the Old Testament battle and tweaks it into this catchy song. Kelly’s debut album This Land was included in the Telegraph’s best folk music albums of 2014. With its good songs, good arrangements and a fine duet with Luke Jackson, This Land proved to be a vindication of the funding from a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence Award. Jericho is released on May 11 on Folkstock Records. folkstockrecords.com Click here to visit The Telegraph website” Click here to visit the Spiral Earth website”
Click here to visit Ursuala O’Reilly Traynor’s Scoop it London website“”A brand new voice, Kelly Oliver has a new single Jericho out on Folkstock Records. Folkstock is a curious phenomenon, it’s just taken wings, it’s basically a home made label which has flourished dramatically over the last year or so and has received any amount of attention from the media up and down the country. The material is very traditional and very English. Having said that Kelly is of Irish extraction and you’ll hear that clearly in the music…..From the immensely productive Folkstock Records label in England. Fans of Cranberries, Paul Brady and the Corrs will hear things that they like in that, I like it immensely”.
Michael Clark, Breakfast in Bed radio show on 1320Radio You can listen to the show here -scroll to 8 mins
EXCLUSIVE ‘JERICHO’ SINGLE LAUNCH TOUR
Here’s a sample of what we all enjoyed on this exclusive tour
We had a wonderful time at The Convent, just outside Stroud. Certainly a new venue which is going to be a force to be reckoned with !
A second visit to The Convent brought a fantastic all star night for their official press launch, and what a party we had. Kelly joined a line up with included Tom Robinson and Gerry Diver, Eliza and Martin Carthy, Kathryn Williams, Jaz Delorean, Reg Meuross and Jess Vincent, Jack Henderson and Chris Helme. Here’s a pic and below that, a video of the grand finale, hastily rehearsed in soundcheck ( not that you can tell of course 😉 )
March 12th also saw Folk Radio UK premiere Kelly’s brand new single Jericho !
You can read all about it here here
Kelly enjoyed 12 mins of airtime on Mustard TV on 12th March promoting her upcoming Norwich gigs – 18th March supporting The Hut People at The Bicycle Shop and then 28th April supporting The Willows at Norwich Arts Centre.
From 5mins 30 til the end of this link, you can enjoy Diamond Girl official video, a chat with Kelly and the studio presenters and then a beautiful rendition of Far From Home.
Kelly has enjoyed a whirlwind since May 2013 when she decided to put her all into becoming a self penned singer songwriter. Having originally been inspired by the folk tradition, she returned from travelling determined to give her own material a chance to be heard and put all her energy into realising her dream of becoming a professional musician. She decided to add Harmonica to her guitar accompaniment and has since won endorsement from HOHNER. She was delighted to win a financial Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK to fund her album and thrilled that Diamond Girl, the first single from the album which features the vocals of Luke Jackson was played on BBC Radio Two’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe on 1st October and Bob Harris Sunday show mid October.
Kelly’s debut album, This Land, has just received a 4**** review from The Telegraph and has joined their ‘Best Folk Albums of 2014’. This Land also received 4**** from R2 Magazine.
It has won Album of the Year – from a female singer – from FolkWords and was shortlisted for FATEA Magazine’s Debut Album of the Year.
Kelly has performed at Cambridge Folk Festival in both 2013 and 2014 for Hitchin Folk Club, has supported Cara Dillon, The Young ‘Uns, Chris and Kellie While, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, The Urban Folk Quartet, as well as headlining her own gigs. Kelly has performed live with Dave Swarbrick, Sunjay, Luke Jackson, and released a single with Will Pound as well as the current one with Luke Jackson, a radio edit of the second track on the album, Diamond Girl.
Kelly has been invited to session for Whispering Bob Harris for his ‘Under The Apple Tree’ show twice, to record at Jon Earl’s famed Songs from the Shed, interview and session with Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, perform live on BBC Stations – Three Counties Radio, Cambridgeshire, London, Kent, York, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Hereford and Worcester. 2015 is looking busy with new recordings being planned and a range of headline gigs and interesting festivals as well as feature in Folk Radio UK and a recent live performance on London Live TV.
Kelly has been recording with Ciaran Algar !
The next single is going to be pretty special as we have the wonderful Nigel Stonier
co writing and producing it !
Kelly’s second live review ( that we know of!) from The Downend Voice.
“ANOTHER day, another sell-out gig. You’d think the organisers would slow down and give the hard-working volunteers a quiet evening behind the bar. But that, fortunately, is not the Downend Folk Club way. January’s guest was Kelly Oliver. No, me neither, but it’s just up the road and I no longer have much hair left to wash.
Sharing the stage with two guitars and various harmonicas, she treated the audience to a hugely enjoyable set drawing predominantly on two major influences – the gentle Irish lilt of Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, and the somewhat rougher-edged Americana of Steve Earle. Indeed, listening to the three Earle songs, particularly the 25-year-old Copperhead Road, set me wondering how his music had passed me by all this time.
Kelly spoke of her excitement at opening two gigs for Cara Dillon within the next few weeks, and the youthful innocence shone through as you’d expect from someone who’s been performing for only eighteen months. Contrast this with the remarkably assured performance which just exuded confidence – maybe that’s what happens when you return from backpacking around South America.
In an evening of generally unfamiliar music, it’s always nice to hear something recognisable, particularly when you can join in the chorus. I think it’s safe to say that no-one expected Molly Malone with her cockles and mussels, but it blended in perfectly. Throw in Kelly’s interpretation of Caledonia and a few originals, and that was it. Just time for one more song.
Now ‘Diamond Girl’ needs a second voice to do it justice, so a member of the audience was quickly dragged up on stage. As it turned out to be club founder Ant Miles, let’s just say that not much persuasion was needed. And didn’t he do well, as Brucie used to say.
Finally, a touch of self-deprecation for the misheard lyrics list. Next time I hear the delightful ‘Grandpa was a Stoker’ I’ll try really hard not to think of him as a stalker.
Overall, a shining performance from a young lady with a bright future”.
You can read the review in the Downend Voice here
Kelly was on the Telly ! – sorry too good to waste !
“There is an earthly purity to this release from Kelly Oliver that makes her a very exciting prospect indeed. The sharp clarity to the recording and delivery of the 11 tracks that make up the debut album called This Land make her one of the most refreshing vocal talents in some time. The album has already been getting very positive reviews in the UK and on the strength of the tracks below you can see why”
Kelly recently recorded a session with Ont’Sofa, and here it is
CONGRATULATIONS KELLY FOR WINNING FOLKWORDS ‘BEST ALBUM FROM A FEMALE SINGER’ !
KELLY WAS SHORTLISTED FOR DEBUT ALBUM OF THE YEAR FROM FATEA MAGAZINE
Read the full FATEA awards feature here
Kelly’s debut album, This Land, has gained a 4**** review from The Telegraph and has joined their ‘Best Folk Albums of 2014’. This Land also received 4**** from R2 Magazine.
This Land wins ‘Best Album from a female singer’ in the FolkWords 2014 Awards.
This Land shortlisted for the FATEA Magazine’s ‘Debut album of the Year’
Kelly has enjoyed a whirlwind of a first year as a self penned singer songwriter. Having originally been inspired by the folk tradition, she returned from travelling determined to give her own material a chance to be heard and put all her energy into realising her dream of becoming a professional musician. She decided to add Harmonica to her guitar accompaniment and has since won endorsement from HOHNER. She was delighted to win a financial Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK to fund her album and thrilled that Diamond Girl, the first single from the album which features the vocals of Luke Jackson was played on BBC Radio Two’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe on 1st October and Bob Harris Sunday show mid October.
Kelly has performed at Cambridge Folk Festival in both 2013 and 2014 for Hitchin Folk Club, has supported The Young ‘Uns, Chris and Kellie While, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, The Urban Folk Quartet, as well as headlining her own gigs. Kelly has performed live with Dave Swarbrick, Sunjay, Luke Jackson, and released a single with Will Pound as well as the current one with Luke Jackson, radio edit of the second track on the album, Diamond Girl.
Kelly has been invited to session for Whispering Bob Harris for his ‘Under The Apple Tree’ show twice, to record at Jon Earl’s famed Songs from the Shed, interview and session with Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, perform live on BBC Stations – Three Counties Radio, Cambridgeshire, London, Kent, Gloucestershire, Hereford and Worcester. 2015 is looking busy with new recordings being planned and a range of headline gigs and interesting festivals as well as a just released feature in Folk Radio UK.
If you’d like to see who else is on the list click here
Really looking forward to the FATEA showcases awards show on Blues and Roots Radio with Neil King on 9th January at 7pm