Miles to Tralee

by KELLY OLIVER

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Miles to Tralee will be on Kelly Oliver's second album due out on March 6th 2016. It is the opening track on the recent DOWNTOWN compilation which gained a recommendation as an Essential New Release in The Sunday Times.
Written by Kelly Oliver and produced by Stu Hanna
"Kelly Oliver is a very talented singer and songwriter, but what impressed me the most was the intricacy of her guitar playing. I thought I'd be helping her along, but she was teaching me fancy chords, rhythms and tunings by the end of the session!" Stu Hanna, (Megson), Producer

"Very beautiful new music from Kelly Oliver who is... an emerging voice in British Folk" according to Bob Harris. Kelly has caught the ear of BBC Radio 2 and 6 with a number of plays on both stations and her rapid ascent has become a talking point for this multi award winning singer songwriter with the 'golden vocals' who accompanies herself, somewhat unusually, with guitar and harmonica. Inspired by Dylan and Irish folk music, with a dose of Alanis Morrisette, it's no surprise that Kelly's songs range from feisty and funky and reveal "an earthy purity".

Flawless and impassioned performances all over the country have ensured that Kelly can be heard on many local BBC stations and increasingly, TV stations.

Kelly's debut album This Land put her firmly on the musical map, it won an Album of the Year award from Folkwords and gained 4* reviews plus an album of the year Award. As The Telegraph pointed out, in their recent feature of her latest single Jericho ""distinctive and breathtaking vocals.... This Land proved to be a vindication of the funding from a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence Award." When the Times reviewed Kelly, the universal appeal of her music was evident "There was a fine set from the promising young singer-guitarist Kelly Oliver, an artist who blends traditional values with hints of a bold, indie-pop sensibility”.

lyrics

There was a young girl from Tralee
Moved to England to feed her family
Earnt her wages on her own
Then she sent them home

As she was walking off to work
Met a young boy in a sailor's coat
I'm an Englishman from London Town
Let me show you around

If I had it in my bones
If I was strong, I'd walk home
Back to Ireland by the sea
I'd walk miles to Tralee

If I had it in my head
If I could walk, I'd walk it
The road to Ireland, by the sea
I'd walk miles to Tralee

I'd walk all the way across the island
I'd walk all the way to the shore
I'd walk all the way to the very town
To the house where I was born
To the very door

I'd walk all the way across the island
I'd walk all the way to the shore
I'd walk all the way to the very town
To the house where I was born
To the very door

If our sailor boy should die
Is it our blood that keeps us alive?
When our second sailor boy dies
Is it the grief that takes our mind?

I'd walk all the way to the island
I'd walk all the way to the sea
I'd walk all the way to the very town
To the land where I was born
To my home in Tralee

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released November 20, 2015
© Kelly Oliver 2015
Credits
Written by Kelly Oliver
Performed by:
Kelly Oliver - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Stu Hanna - Acoustic Guitar, Mandola, Fiddle, Percussion, Tenor Banjo, Shruti Box

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Folkstock Records UK

Boutique label releasing handpicked singer songwriters from the Folkstock fold.
Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
Except Bright Season by Bright Season - released 31st May 2014
The F Spot by Friends of Folkstock - release date 17th May 2014
Passing the Baton - Swarb and Folkstock friends - 5th April 2014
Debut EP release from Kelly Oliver on 26.11.13. Far From Home
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