|Tags:||country irish country irish folk female vocalists folk singer irish female vocalist mary mary duff|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Lobinstown, Co. Meath, Eire. Duff first sang locally at the age of 12 with her accordion-playing father. On leaving school, she worked as a school secretary and sang with a semi-professional group in the evenings around the local area, and was influenced in her early days by Patsy Cline. Duff also began to make solo appearances at various talent contests and was seen and heard at one such event by Daniel ODonnells manager, Sean Reilly, who signed her to his management. She toured with ODonnell, quickly establishing a reputation as a fine singer in her own right, and soon acquired a recording contract with Ritz Records. In 1989, she won the European Gold Star Award (the country music equivalent of the Eurovision Song Contest) in Holland. Duff won the Most Popular British Female Vocalist award in 1990-91. She has appeared at various European venues, including Switzerland, and at several international shows such as the Wembley International Country...