Mary Duff will return to Whitchurch, Shropshire for one night only!
On Thursday 30th June Mary Duff will return to the Civic Centre in Whitchurch for the second year running. Mary Duff is an Irish country and folk singer who is best known as Daniel O’Donnell’s singing partner. This year’s concert will feature special guests Jordan Mogey and Kathy Crinion. Tickets are priced at £22.00 and are available from the Community Hub @ Whitchurch Civic Centre (01948) 665761.
Mary Duff is really Garth’s girl!!
Garth Brooks proves he has a long memory as he and co-writer Kent Maxson send two original songs for Mary Duff’s new album for ISG Records. The all original album titled “Changing Lanes” is Mary’s debut for the dynamic UK based label and her first fresh collection for 7 years!
March 11th was the launch date for the first single “Mr Noble” which is a Brooks/Maxson song based on the life of Maxson’s grandfather.
Mary was the first artist to open for Garth Brooks way back in 1991 at the star’s European debut performance in London and he is reported to be delighted at Mary’s signing with the new label and return to the recording scene.
Joining Garth on Mary’s album are the songwriting talents of many members of the International Songwriters Guild and in particular contributions from Pat Alger (five number ones for Garth Brooks) and Buddy Cannon (producer of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kenny Chesney) adding to a plethora of Grammy award winning scribes to make this a tantalizing treat to look forward to on its April release.
The album is co-produced by Steve Milne and Pete Ware with musical contributions by some of Nashville and Ireland’s finest musicians.
Mary Duff Biography
Mary Duff has been at the top of the European Country music tree for more than three decades, enjoying the appreciation of audiences worldwide as part of Daniel O’Donnell’s show (now in its 24th year). She is a very familiar voice and face from Norway to New Zealand!
Mary first had the opportunity to showcase her talent at just 12 years of age when, quite by chance, her father heard her singing on a home tape recorder, he invited Mary to sing with his band at weekends and once Mary finished school she became a regular musical figure around the County of Meath in many bands including a three year stint with the busy “Jukebox”.
Later, Mary won The Sunday World Nationwide Talent Competition, attracting the attention of Sean Reilly who became her manager. Soon after Mary signed to Ritz Records and was offered the special guest slot on Daniel O’Donnell’s first UK concert tour. 23 years and many album and DVD releases later, Mary remains Daniel’s special guest and this August she embarks on yet another world tour.
Despite having received multiple music industry awards over the years, it is the 1990 Meath Person of the Year accolade which Mary is most proud of amid an array of highlights including a Solo US Tour in 2009. 2011 saw Mary and Daniel performing at the Ryman Auditorium a.k.a. ‘The Grand Ole Opry’ and the show was recorded as a PBS Special in America with a registered audience of 60 million viewers!!
In 2013 Mary celebrated 25 years in the music industry and was awarded ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the prestigious Sunday World Irish Music Awards and was also honoured as ‘Grand Marshall’ at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Drogheda, Ireland.
Mary performed for the first time in Sri Lanka in 2014 and returned in 2015, to sell out shows. She has continued to tour extensively with her old friend Dominic Kirwan for the ‘Dominic Kirwan and Mary Duff Together in Concert’ series which has proved very popular with audiences across the UK and Ireland. The show has been filmed and a DVD is due to be released during 2016.
A hectic schedule is already underway in 2016 with an Irish and UK Spring tour with Special Guests Kathy Crinion and Jordan Mogey and a brand new album in the making. Mary will then rejoins Daniel O’Donnell once again as his special guest when he returns from his sabbatical to commence a massive year-long, world tour in August.