UK Tour - July 2019

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UK Tour - July 2019

After such an amazing June, I can’t wait to tell you all what July had in store for myself and the band…

First off , my UK tour started off with another brilliant weekend again in Llandudno on my annual get together for the 17th year at The Grand Hotel with Special Guests Ray Murtagh and Adrian Goslin.  We always have such a great time meeting up with old friends and making new ones and the weather is always good to us.  Many thanks to John, June and Beverley for organising everything, was so sorry that June was not able to be there and send get well wishes to her.
The proposed date for next year is 26th - 29th June 2020. If you are interested please contact Beverley on 07949 202774 or email bharris99@sky.com for more information...
I can’t wait for next year, this weekend always has a special place in my heart along with everyone who attends. You will be in for real treat next year, so don’t forget to book and come along, and bring your friends, the more the merrier.

Whilst I was at Llandudno, I did an interview with Martin Logan from ‘The Irish in the UK TV’ which was broadcast at the beginning of August. You can watch it online at www.theirishintheuktv.com. Open the link, go to the Menu, select Episodes and select 116... my interview is about 16 mins into programme.

After the weekend we then drove up to start the Scottish leg of the tour starting in Brechin before moving onto Inverness, Stranraer and Langholm.  Unfortunately we had a bit of an issue with the van and so the journeys took us longer than they should have but we made it to all the venues. I picked up a virus so wasn’t feeling well but was able to make it through all the shows, the 3 day break between the Scottish shows and the English dates was a blessing so that I could rest to try and shake off the virus a little as I wouldn’t have wanted to let you all down.  The shows in Lowestoft, Bognor Regis, Telford and Hunstanton were also very enjoyable shows and from the comments it seems you all enjoyed it as much as I did.  

Thank you so much for you continued support down through the years… it is very much appreciated and long may it continue… I can’t wait to get out on the road again to see you all.

Here are a few photos i thought you might like to see….

I was delighted to be featured on the cover of  August 2nd edition of Ireland’s Own Magazine. For those asking how they can buy a copy of the magazine here is a link to purchase an online version... https://www.irelandsown.ie/…/irelands-own-e-zine-issue-5720/

 
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I’m back on the road again with my good friend Daniel and the Band on an Irish tour on 10th August in Galway…. hope to see you there.

Mary x

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I have had a very busy few months in 2019…

Sorry i haven’t been in touch recently, so much has happened the past few months between tours with Daniel O’Donnell that i can’t wait to tell you all….

On 12th April, My new Album ‘Turn Back the Years’ was released. A lot of work went into the selection of the songs for this album and i was so pleased with the final result. 

Many thanks to everyone at Rosette Records, to my good friend and musical director Stephen Milne who produced the album, to all the musicians who featured on the album, to the all the radio dj’s for playing the tracks and finally to everyone who purchased the album and for all the lovely feedback.

You can purchase the album online from Irish Country Music Shop

On 22nd April, I performed a show at my parish church, the  Church of Holy Cross in Lobinstown, Co. Meath with special guests Eugene Ginty, my niece Emma Duff and my Father Tom Duff… the church is my favourite place to sing.

At the end of April I recorded two videos for songs from my album… ‘What I’ve got in Mind’ and ‘Poor Man’s Roses’

In May I was delighted to be asked to take part in ‘The Late Late Show Country Special’ for RTE One.  I sang as part of a Hank Williams Medley alongside Mick Flavin, Louise Morrisey, Mike Denver, Margo, Derek Ryan and Dominic Kirwan.

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It was great to share the stage with friends and fellow artists Louise Morrisey, Paddy O’Brien and Frank McCaffrey at Opry le Daniel at the Millennium Forum, Derry.  This will be televised in the Autumn.

I was invited to the President of Ireland’s House, Aras an Uachtarain, to celebrate Irish Country Music.  We had a lovely afternoon meeting the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. We spent the afternoon outdoors on the President’s Lawn, then into a marquee for a concert of Country Music. Afterwards the President and his wife posed with everyone for photos.

Anyway must go now - back on the stage soon at Inverness on my own UK Tour. I”m looking forward to seeing you all someplace somewhere sometime at the shows…. My next blog will be about the UK Tour…. Thats all for now folks

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Sometimes dreams do come true

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Sometimes dreams do come true

“Sometimes dreams do come true” is how Mary Duff describes the arrival of her much anticipated ISG Records debut, Changing Lanes (ISGRVEN003). It features original contributions from some of the world’s most renowned songsmiths (many of whom are members of The International Songwriters Guild) and sterling performances from top level musical talents on both sides of the Atlantic. This totally original album is wonderfully produced by Pete Ware and Steve Milne ending a seven year recording drought for Mary’s huge worldwide fan base. ISG’s signature cocktail of production locations in Ireland, UK and Nashville is again very apparent and proves magical.

The album’s opener Mr Noble, is a true story song penned by Kent Maxson and Garth Brooks (who supplies a brace for the collection). ”Beautiful…simply beautiful” is how the world’s most popular Country star describes Mary’s rendition of his co-write. Mary was the first European act to work with Garth way back in 1991.

Changing Lanes is an aural journey from Country to Urban Easy through to Adult Contemporary. In other words it changes lanes! The title track was written especially for the project by the much talked about young Irish rising star, Jordan Mogey and is given another coat of performance paint by the contribution of one of the world’s leading classical guitarists Pat Coldrick.

Another highlight is the duet ”I am a Woman” with ISG’s other female signing Kathy Crinion - an anthem extolling the complexities of the gender (a useful point of reference for many male listeners!).

You will find pleasant visits to traditional Country from “Can’t find a reason to stay” to the rockier “Askin' Too Damn Much” which features the harmonica wizardry of Don Baker who is no stranger to TV or Movie fans. Proof, as if we needed it, that Mary Duff can tick all vocal performance boxes.
All in all, this collection will make you smile and realise that Mary Duff has returned to disc with verve and fresh musical outlook restoring our faith in the notion of an album being a journey. From the story of Mr Noble, to the crescendo of the poignant orchestral ballad “Anymore”, Changing Lanes for sure indicates a bright clear road ahead. Welcome back Mary!

 

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Breathe with Me - New Single in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

"Breathe with Me", my new single to raise funds for Ireland's national charity for people with cystic fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. The song hopes to convey, in a creative and original way, what life is like for a person with cystic fibrosis. The single can be downloaded here for €2, with all proceeds raised going to support the charity's work in the provision of services to help people with cystic fibrosis in Ireland. Preview song here

There are approximately 1,200 people living with cystic fibrosis in Ireland today and Ireland has the highest incidence of cystic fibrosis per head of population in the world, with three times the rate of the United States and the rest of the European Union. Indeed, in Ireland we have some of the most severe types of cystic fibrosis. 

"How do I feel when my life stands still?"
Mary Duff has been an ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland for a number of years and leads its annual international walk which will take place in Montenegro later this September. 
"Cystic fibrosis really is a cause close to my heart. In my ambassador role for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, I have made friends with so many people who know first-hand the day-to-day struggles of people with cystic fibrosis and how it can be a never-ending cycle of medications, antibiotics, nebulisers, physiotherapy and hospital visits. With this song, we wanted to get across that while, for most of us, breathing is something that we can thankfully take for granted, for a person with cystic fibrosis, it can be such a huge challenge. The song, which was originally written by a group of people in the UK with connections to people with cystic fibrosis, aims to give an insight into what that life is like. 
"We need to do all that we can to support people with cystic fibrosis by raising awareness, providing support and investing in research so that life doesn't always have to be this way. I hope that people will like the song enough that they will want to purchase it but, more than that, I hope that they will want to buy it because they want to lend their support to a very worthy cause."


I'm continuing my nationwide Irish tour during September. Come on out to hear the new single!

Upcoming dates include:
Wednesday September 9: Harvey's Point, Donegal
Thursday September 10: The Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan
Saturday September 12: Castlelyons Community Centre, Castlelyons, Co. Cork
Sunday September 13: The Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Wednesday September 16: Harvey's Point, Donegal
Friday September 18: The Dominican Church, Drogheda, Co. Louth

For more information on the work of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the supports available to people with cystic fibrosis and their families, please visit www.cfireland.ie or telephone LoCall 1890 311 211.
Nuala McAuley, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, tel.: 01 4962433 or email nmcauley@cfireland.ie
Don Delaney, d2 communications, tel.: 087 7933249 or email don@d2communications.ie

About Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is the leading national organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with cystic fibrosis and their families across Ireland. It does this through providing information, advice and advocacy to people and their families, offering grant assistance, undertaking research, funding state-of-the-art dedicated cystic fibrosis health facilities, and advancing the development of lung transplantation in Ireland. There are approximately 1,200 people with cystic fibrosis living in Ireland and approximately 35 new cases were diagnosed in 2013, the most recent year for which official figures are available.

 What is cystic fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis—or CF—is Ireland’s most common life-threatening inherited disease. CF is a genetic disorder. It is not contagious, rather people are born with it. Approximately 1 in 19 people are carriers of the CF gene and when two carriers have a child there is a one in four chance of a child being born with it. CF affects the glands, damaging many organs including the lungs, pancreas, digestive tract and reproductive system. It causes thick sticky mucus to be produced, blocking the bronchial tubes and preventing the body's natural enzymes from digesting food. Ireland has the highest prevalence and the most severe types of cystic fibrosis in the world.

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Paddy Kierans Memorial Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI).

I am honoured to be a Patron of the Paddy Kierans Memorial Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI)

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inheritedchronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene and its protein cause the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, causing life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas, preventing natural enzymes helping the body to break down and absorb food.  The impact of CF can vary from one person to another. Ireland has the highest prevalence of Cystic Fibros is in the World and has the most severe forms of Cystic Fibrosis in the World. The life expectancy of a person with CF ranges worldwide due to access to treatments, but in Ireland the predicted median age of survival is early to mid 30s. 

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland was set up in 1963 to increase knowledge and awareness of CF and to provide information,  services & support to people with CF and their families.  Today CFI is the leading national organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with cystic fibrosis and their families across Ireland.  It does this through providing information, advice and advocacy, offering grant assistance,  undertaking research,  funding state-of-the-art dedicated cystic fibrosis health facilities, and advancing the development of lung transplantation in Ireland.  

Fundraising is a vital source of income for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the Paddy Kierans Memorial Walk is a key fundraising event. The walk takes place annually in various locations across Europe in September 2014, I took part in my first walk to Austria. I joined 33 people on the Walk to the 

Sound of Music and can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did we raise much needed funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland to support people with cystic fibrosis and their families, but we had a great time doing it and made many new friends. This year the walk takes place in Montenegro and I am delighted to once again be taking part. If you would like to join me on the Paddy Kierans Memorial Walk to Montenegro which takes place from September 27th to October 4th, click here to download the application form or contact Nuala in Cystic Fibrosis Ireland on (01)496 2433 or email: nmcauley@cfireland.ie

2015 is the 21st anniversary of the Paddy Kierans Walk so I can guarantee it will be a special occasion to be a part of. 

Thank you all so very much for your support. Be sure to check back here for regular updates on my involvement with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. 

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Below are some images of the 2014 Walk to the Sound of Music in Austria. If you are unable to take part, you can support this fantastic fundraiser by donating to my fundraising page

Mary

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