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Olivia Douglas

Hailing from the small town of Ferbane in county Offaly, right in the heart of Ireland, Olivia Douglas is a young singer whose nuanced vocal skills aim straight for the listener’s heart. And with an ease and a gentle precision gifted only to a few, those skills find their target every time.
While still somewhat new to the country music scene, 28 year old Olivia is already a performer with many years of experience behind her. Her musical journey began at only five years of age when she discovered the tin whistle! From there, Olivia progressed to the button accordion, demonstrating her ability on this instrument at numerous Fleadh Cheoils around Ireland. In fact, in 2005 Olivia placed second at the All-Ireland Fleadh in the under-18 age group.

Olivia’s family run the well-known midlands public house, Tom’s Tavern, in Ferbane, and it was here that the appeal of country music first became an important part of Olivia’s life. With different bands in the bar every weekend, it quickly became the norm for Olivia to make ‘guest’ appearances for a few songs, from Philomena Begley’s version of the Billie Jo Spears classic, ‘Blanket On The Ground’ (also the very first song Olivia ever learned), to tunes from Olivia’s other musical inspirations such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Lee Ann Womack and Alison Krauss.

Olivia has recently released her debut album, ‘Another Heartache’, featuring a beautiful rendering of Lee Ann Womack’s gorgeous song, ‘The Healing Kind’, which Olivia has released as her first single. Olivia’s version of this song, and the wonderful video which accompanies it, is just one of the reasons why Olivia will soon be a name, and a voice, familiar to country music fans throughout the country.

Another reason is that Olivia will be a contestant on the hugely popular TG4 talent show, Glor Tire, next year, with the first episodes airing towards the end of January. This was the platform which afforded Ireland’s current sweetheart of country music, Lisa McHugh, her first big public showcase when she appeared as a contestant in 2009, with Robert Mizzell as her mentor. Olivia will have the legendary Sandy Kelly in her corner, and with the ‘Woodcarver’ (Sandy’s much loved duet with her friend Johnny Cash) singer on her side, there’s no doubt that she’s definitely in good hands!