2:30pm Sat 10 June at The Allendale Centre Quarterjack | £25.00
Kelly Oliver lives in North Hertfordshire and comes from a working class family, with no previous connections in the music scene.
Listening to Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette and Dolly Parton from a young age gave Kelly a passion for music, and an influential immersion into her grandmother's Irish culture created a musical inspiration for her self penned songs. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London, working in a local bar for a year and then travelling around Europe, Argentina and Brazil, in spring 2013 Kelly decided that on her return she would pursue a career as a singer/songwriter.
Kelly's debut album 'This Land' was funded by an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK and was released in 2014 by Folkstock Records. It gained her a Best Album By A Female Artist award from Folkwords, 4* album reviews from R2 Magazine and The Telegraph Music and was included in The Telegraph’s 68 Best Folk Albums of 2014. It features legendary fiddle player Dave Swarbrick and also earned a nomination for FATEA Magazine’s Best Debut Album of 2014.
Alongside acoustic guitar melodies and vocals, Kelly includes the stomp box and harmonica in her live show, which has led to sponsorship from leading harmonica brand HOHNER. Kelly has appeared live on BBC regional stations, including BBC London radio in an interview with Gaby Roslin and on Mark Forrest's national BBC Introducing show.