A Little Bit About Mary and Her Career So Far.....
Mary Duff's phenomenal talent as a singer, together with the great stage presence and charisma she possesses, is testimony of her quietly powerful and captivating persona. There is a genuine warmth about this lady that touches all who come into contact with her, and she enjoys a dedicated, very supportive fan following. Mary is seen in the music business as an accomplished, polished, and highly respected professional performer.
Mary first got the chance to showcase her talent at just 12 years of age when, quite by chance, her father heard her singing on a home tape recorder, and recognised she had quite a talent. Having his own band at that time, he invited Mary to sing with them at weekends.
Once Mary finished school she took up office work in her home county; Meath in Ireland. It was whilst she was working in an office that she auditioned and successfully got the job as vocalist with a band called Jukebox. She then gave up office work and remained with Jukebox for about 3 years.
It was when Mary entered and won the Sunday World Nationwide Talent Competition, in Ireland, that she really made her mark. At that time she met Sean Reilly who was to become her manager. It was soon after that Mary signed to Ritz Records, since which time she has achieved much success with her many albums. She also auditioned for, and was offered, the special guest slot on Daniel O'Donnell's first UK concert tour. Such was the success that today, 23 years later, Mary still remains Daniel's special guest.
As well as the numerous music awards Mary has to her name, in 1990 Mary was named Meath Person Of The Year; a much prized accolade received from her home County.
Mary completed her first solo tour in the USA in May 2009, the same year also saw Mary fulfill one of her lifelong dreams by recording an inspirational album 'Voice of An Angel' in Prague which was launched at the Holy Family Church in Drogheda on 25th October 2009. Mary was joined by special Guests, Daniel O'Donnell, Father Liam Lawton and Nigel Connell, the Holy Family Church Youth Gospel Choir and St Peters Male Voice Choir.
2010 was as busy as ever with tours in Ireland, UK, America, Switzerland and Australlia both as Daniel's special guest and on her own tours. Her 'Voice of An Angel' Album was officially launched in the UK in October with lots of promotional radio interviews and airplay.
The start of 2011 saw Mary travel to America with The Daniel O'Donnell Show to perform at the Ryman Auditorium 'The Grand Ole Opry' and follow in the footsteps of so many great country artists over many years. The show was recorded for PBS in America. Mary, Daniel and the band also toured others parts of America, Ireland and the UK in 2011. The rest of 2011 was a very busy year with solo tours in Switzerland, Ireland, UK and Australia. Mary performed at the 'Ultimate Irish Weekend' in Blackpool alongisde Curtis Magee, Jimmy Cricket, John McNicholl and Dominic Kirwan in March. Performed 25 shows in Australia over 29 days which were a great success, we were joined on tour by Straalen McCallum, the youngest artist to be signed to Sony Records in Australia.
2012 included more tours with Daniel in New Zealand and Australia in February and March, Bournemouth, UK in April, Killarney, Ireland in August, we then flew to America to record 2 TV Shows for PBS in Des Moines, Iowa and performed as part of the Host Fest in Minot, North Dakota in America. We recorded a special show in Derry celebrating Daniel's 30 years in the music industry with Marc Roberts, Lisa McHugh and Michael English which was televised on Christmas Day in Ireland, before flying to Glasgow, Scotland in October and our usual 6 weeks residency shows in Branson, Missouri in November and December. I also did my own shows at St. Chad's Church, Winsford the Appreciation Annual Weekend in Llandudno for the 11th year running in May. I also appeared at the Stepping Stone, Donegal in July and as a guest spot on the Sean Wallace Show in Enniskillen in December.
In 2013, Mary celebrated 25 years in the music industry. The year started off very well when Mary was awarded 'Female Vocalist of the Year' at the Sunday World Irish Music Awards in January. February saw the release of a new single 'The Water is Wide' and radio interviews across Ireland. I was honoured to have been asked to be 'Grand Marshall' at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Drogheda. A UK Tour in May which ended with the Annual Mary Duff Appreciation Society Weekend at Llandudno followed by a show in the TLT Theatre Drogheda, Ireland to celebrate 25 years in June. Finished the year joining Daniel O'Donnell on his tours in the Ireland, Canada, UK and America.
2014 saw more touring in the UK, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia and 1st ever show in Sri Lanka to sell out audiences on Daniel Shows and also in her own right.
In 2015 Mary and her old friend Dominic Kirwan joined up to go on the road with 'Dominic Kirwan and Mary Duff Together in Concert'. This show was a mix of Duets and spots by both artists. The show was very well received by audiences in the UK and Ireland and was recorded for the release of a DVD which is due to be released during 2016. Mary also played two shows in Sri Lanka.
2016 is going to be another busy year for Mary and her success continues to take her from strength to strength starting off with Mary being a guest on Ireland's Showbands "Do You Come Here Often" Tour in Ireland, Irish Dates and UK Spring tour with Special Guest Jordan Mogey and then rejoining Daniel O'Donnell as his special guest when he returns in August.
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