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Catch a rising star: Kelly Oliver

PUBLISHED: 12:27 03 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:44 07 March 2016

Kelly's second album, Bedlam, is released on Sunday

Kelly's second album, Bedlam, is released on Sunday

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An award-winning female acoustic singer-songwriter from Stevenage has just launched her second album ahead of a summer tour

Hertfordshire acoustic artist Kelly Oliver will be performing her contemporary folk-tinged tales in a national headline tour for her second album Bedlam, which was released on March 6 at a special gig at Hitchin Folk Club.

On the same day, her album was listed in the Sunday Times’ Culture magazine Essential New Releases, and BBC Radio London’s Gaby Roslin interviewed Kelly on her show as a live guest.

The launch gig at Hitchin’s Sun Hotel also featured another award-winning Herts act, harmony trio Said the Maiden, as special guests.

Hertfordshire Life has been watching her rise since her first EP release on Folkstock Records in 2013, through her debut Radio 2 spin, and first album launch at Harpenden Public Halls, which we recommended in October 2014.

Kelly has attracted a clutch of accolades, including NMG Solo Female of the Year in 2015, Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence Award and an Album of the Year award. Kelly has been praised by Bob Harris on Radio 2 for her ‘beautiful, pure voice’, while BBC 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins said she is ‘fabulously gifted, something special’.

If you’d like to watch Kelly sing live, she will be performing at Bob Harris’ inaugural Under the Apple Tree Roots Festival at the end of May, and Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House, Cambridge Folk Festival and Secret Garden Party all in July,

Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyOliverUK.

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