Biography (Courtesy of the Artistís site, 2005).
Mary Duff's phenomenal talent as a singer, together with the great stage presence and charisma she possesses, is testimony of her quietly powerful
and captivating persona.There is a genuine warmth about this lady that touches all who come into contact with her, and she enjoys a dedicated, very supportive fan following. Mary is seen in the music business as an accomplished, polished, and highly respected professional performer.
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, and recognised she had quite a talent. Having his own
band at that time, he invited Mary to sing with them at the weekends.
Once Mary finished school she took up office work in her home county,
Meath, in Ireland. It was whilst still working in an office, that she
auditioned and successfully got the job as vocalist with a band called
Jukebox. She then gave up office work and remained with Jukebox for
about 3 years.
It was when Mary entered and won the Sunday World nationwide
talent competition in Ireland, that she really made her mark. At that
time she met Sean Reilly who was to become her manager. It was soon
after that Mary was signed to Ritz Records, since which time she has
achieved much success with her albums. She also auditioned for, and
was offered, the special guest slot on Daniel O'Donnell's first UK
concert tour. Such was the success that today Mary still remains
Daniel's special guest.
Mary has numerous music awards to her name including 'Best Female
Vocalist' from the British Country Music Awards and 'Best Female Solo
Artist' from the Annual Irish World Awards. As well as the many music
awards, in 1990 Mary was also named Meath Person of the Year, a
much prized accolade received from her home county.
Mary is married to Paul McKenna who is now her manager, and who splits his time between running their own business, the Newtown Country Club, and being on the road with Mary for her own concert tours.
As Mary's success continues to take her from strength to strength, she is surely destined to achieve even further success.
You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.