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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 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, 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 2004 Live broadcast with Daniel O’Donnell recorded as a PBS Special in America with a registered audience of 66 million viewers!! In 2011 Mary fulfilled a lifelong dream performing at the Ryman Auditorium a.k.a. ‘The Grand Ole Opry’.
International stages have beckoned with several solo tours of Australia, New Zealand and the USA. 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. 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 label (ISG Records) and a brand new album in the making. Mary 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.