Kelly Oliver – Bedlam tour and reviews


“An amazing young songwriter” Mike Harding

“ A vital voice in British Folk…. a beautiful, pure voice’ Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“A radical leap forward…sleek spirited arrangements…sense of spontaneity” Clive Davis, Sunday Times

“Thought provoking songs that straddle folk and pop worlds” 3*** Songlines Magazine

“Fabulously gifted, something special” Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music

“An exceptional lyricist” Penny Black Magazine

“Distinctive and breathtaking vocals’ The Telegraph

“A striking degree of artistic and musical unity” Folk and Roots

“A remarkable acoustic folk singer and songwriter” FolkAll

“ A gifted and talented songwriter” FolkWords

“This really is a superb album, likely to be in the Folk album of the year lists” ShireFolk

“Crosses musical boundaries, full of thought provoking lyrics & musical arrangement’ Folk Radio UK

“A remarkable voice” FATEA

“The album is an absolute delight” Whispering Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“This is the album that will make Kelly’s career” R2 Magazine 4**** review


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You can find all the ticket links for the tour on Kelly’s website by clicking here

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To watch a recording of Kelly’s interview on London Live TV, talking genres, Bob Harris and the only London gig on her album tour at Green Note Camden on Tues 8th March,  plus clips from her two performances, please click on the video below



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Here is a video of Kelly’s performance and chat on the show

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Paul Sexton’s column in Prog Rock Magazine – Progressive Folk ‘there’s nowt as prog as folk’

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To hear a podcast of Nia Visser’s RAW VIBES Vibe 107.6 show when Kelly was the live guest, please click here

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You can read the feature in Hertfordshire Life by clicking here

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You can read the feature in Across the Universal Landscape by clicking here

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You can read the feature in Revue by clicking here

Kelly was live guest on Mike Naylor’s BBC Three Counties Show on Sat 5th March, she performed a moving rendition of The Other Woman on his show and chatted about the launch and release

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Wonderful mentions by Paul Sexton in Prog Rock Magazine !! ‘there’s nowt so prog as folk’ 😀

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Thanks to Said the Maiden for opening the evening in style. Pic is taken from the encore when Kelly invited Jess, Hannah and Kathy on stage with her 

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“These are the only tools that she will need in order to transfix the audience for the duration of a set that takes in a healthy dose of songs from not only This Land and Bedlam, but also her 2013 EP Far From Home…Every song is executed with a glistening poise and there is not a hint of self doubt…The extent of the audiences’ descent into Oliver’s creations seems most apparent at the conclusion of each song. There is a momentary silence between the last notes produced by Oliver and the start of the audience applause which lasts just that tiny fragment of time long enough for the seeds of doubt to be sown in the artist’s mind.” Chris Curtis, Birmingham Live!

You can read the review of Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham date on the tour by clicking here


Here’s some footage from the the Green Note in which you can hear the stomp

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You can read the spotlight feature on Kelly in Belles and Gals by clicking here

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You can read the article about Kelly’s tour and release in the Mercury by clicking here

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You can read the feature in Maverick Magazine by clicking here

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Here’s some clips from the Norwich Bicycle Shop gig with Lisa Redford as special guest

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You can read the feature in All Things Norfolk about the tour by clicking here


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You can read the feature about Kelly Oliver and recording her album with Lauren Deakin Davies, in Sketches in Travel by clicking here

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You can read the feature in FATEA about the tour by clicking here

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“After seeing Kelly at Rough Trade on Sunday evening, I knew I had to try and organise an interview with her. I knew she was back in the area on Tuesday, so after conversations with her manager Helen, I was lucky enough to be able to head down to The Musician in Leicester to take in the show, record some live session tracks and interview Kelly.”
You can see a video of The Witch of Walkern from The Musician gig by clicking here

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“Kelly Oliver is a treasured young folk singer equipped with the three tangible essentials of great songs, beautiful vocals and fine playing. Add in her hardworking ethic, emerging stage presence and acute ear for influence, and you will see the portrait on the canvas beginning to take shape. However the finishing touch which makes Kelly such a special talent is that innate ability to captivate a listener’s attention, and for an hour tonight at the Kitchen Garden Café a privileged gathering succumbed to the charm of her artistry.”
You can read the whole of the live review from Three Chords and the Truth by clicking here

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“Kelly Oliver, a familiar sight on our pages, is one of the new breed of bright young folk inspired musicians who stands out from the crowd with her ‘golden vocals’ and feisty lyrics. We have been reporting on her progress with interest  over the last two years. We remarked that she was ‘getting on everyone’s radar, someone pretty special’ when her debut This Land surfaced in 2014”

You can read the feature in Spiral Earth about the tour by clicking here


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..”With Bedlam, Kelly Oliver has created an album which crosses musical boundaries, full of thought-provoking lyrics and musical arrangements which move between stripped-down contemporary folk and full-on indie/pop without sacrificing accessibility or compromising her own integrity as a singer/songwriter. Consolidating the best aspects of her previous debut album at the same time as introducing other influences, it points the way to possible future musical avenues worthy of exploration, without leaving behind Kelly’s already large and dedicated fan base while attracting a wider mainstream audience.” Helen Gregory, Folk Radio UK FEATURED ALBUM

You can read review of Folk Radio UK’s featured album of the month by clicking here
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“Folkstock Records are one of those labels who get behind their artists with the personal touch. Describing themselves as a boutique label working with handpicked singer songwriters, with Kelly Oliver, they’ve picked a gem. The ‘difficult’ second album? Tosh.” Mike Ainscoe, Louder Than War

You can read review from Louder than War by clicking here

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“With her debut album This Land she arrived in a rush and swept all before her, now with Bedlam’, the early promise is fulfilled, the sound has developed and it’s clear how far this gifted and talented singer songwriter has come….Kelly Oliver writes songs that touch you deep inside, cause eyes to water and hearts to rise. The songs on ‘Bedlam’ will remain by your side long after the album has finished.” Tim Carroll Folkwords

You can read review from Folkwords by clicking here
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“Just occasionally, on the first listen, a voice or a piece of music makes me stop and listen immediately and Kelly Oliver’s voice has just had such an effect on me…this is an album bursting with quality, great songs and superb production from a lady with a remarkable voice. It is good to see that it is the “Along The Tracks” Album of the week too. A well-deserved accolade!” Rory Stanbridge, FATEA

You can read review in FATEA Magazine by clicking here


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“The most obvious things which hits you about Kelly Oliver‘s second album is how both her maturity and confidence have come on in leaps and bounds. She has also refined her distinctive vocal style which occupies the ground somewhere between Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell…You have to face it, Oliver is developing into a remarkable acoustic/folk singer and songwriter”

You can read review in FOLKALL by clicking here


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” Yes, Bedlam’s both forthright and enchanting, in total a really exciting prospect…achieves a striking degree of artistic (and musical) unity through the consistency of her songwriting in tandem with her delivery of the material – and of course, the rather distinctive singing voice with which she’s blessed. This latter feature will probably be that which grabs one’s attention at the outset, although a further strong feature of Kelly’s writing is undoubtedly her gift for melody allied to a keen indie-folk sensibility which nevertheless carries a certain underlying resonance of folk tradition that stems from her having absorbed influences from all manner of folk musicians: a resonance which proves accessible, allusive rather than elusive I guess…” David Kidman, Folk and Roots

You can read review in Folk and Roots by clicking here
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You can read the feature in All Things Norfolk by clicking here

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“I rarely hear a folk artist being championed outside the specialist press, those you do are usually well established within their niche. Once in a blue moon I hear something worth sharing and Kelly’s music is just that. I’m unsurprised that she’s managed to get sponsorship from the likes of Hohner with her high and sweet voice and poignant and traditional storytelling style” Tom Day XSNOIZE
You can read the feature in XS Noize by clicking here

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3Chords review

You can read the feature in Three Chords and the Truth by clicking here

“They say silence is golden, but a brighter tinge is added when the music of Kelly Oliver fills the air. Her precious vocals illuminate an empty room and this talented artist is set to create further waves with the release of her second album.” 3 Chords and the Truth


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“One of the first significant folk releases out of the blocks in 2016 will be Kelly Oliver’s ‘Bedlam’, the follow up to her successful 2014 debut album ‘This Land’.  Having had the privilege of a pre-release listen to the new album I’ve no doubt that it’s going to generate a heap of interest from folk fans and commentators alike”. Rob Bridge, Redwood

You can read the feature in Redwood Blog by clicking here
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