Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic
Location: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
Discography: Far from Home EP (2013) This Land (2014)
Record Label: Folkstock Records
We are delighted to have closely followed Kelly's musical career including her first festival performance at the Folkstock Festival in 2013, the release of her first single 'Far from Home', her debut EP launch at the Hertford Corn Exchange (2013) and then Kelly's debut album launch at Folktoberfest at Harpenden Halls (2014). Kelly has gone from strength to strength and seems to get better each time we see her.
Kelly Oliver is a young award-winning and rising star of the UK folk world. With her debt album 'This Land' winning Folkwords’ Best Album By A Female Artist 2014, which was an exciting, contemporary take on the acoustic folk tradition. It’s a genre Kelly is fast establishing herself in since winning an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK in October of last year. Alongside acoustic guitar melodies and notes of Irish storytelling, Kelly includes harmonica, self-taught, which has led to sponsorship from leading brand HOHNER.
This Land, released in October 2014 by Folkstock Records, features legendary fiddle player Dave Swarbrick, as well as BBC Folk Award Nominees Sunjay and Luke Jackson. Kelly has appeared on BBC London radio in an interview with Gaby Roslin. Her first single “Diamond Girl” has enjoyed several regional BBC and local radio plays, including on BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 2 Sunday show.
2014 saw 4* reviews from R2 Magazine and The Telegraph Music and was included in The Telegraph’s Best Folk Albums of 2014. It also earned a nomination for FATEA Magazine’s Best Debut Album of 2014. Festival credentials include performing twice at Cambridge Folk Festival for Hitchin Folk Club, and has supported such acts as Cara Dillon, Blair Dunlop, The Young’uns and Chris and Kellie While, among many others. Kelly also headlined her own sold out show at Downend Folk Club in Bristol and spent January 2015 playing various gigs and making live BBC Radio appearances around the country; recording an Ont Sofa session in London and ending the month with her first live TV appearance, performing and being interviewed on London Live.
Kelly was thrilled to record for the Whispering Bob Harris Broadcasting Company and be interviewed by Bob himself for his “Under The Apple Tree Sessons”.
Kelly will be performing a set at St. Pancras Old Church for us on the 26th November, supporting the award-winning Ange Hardy.