Olivia makes lifelong dream become reality

Published 11/12/2013 | 05:20

n Olivia has received a positive response to her album ‘By the Way’.
Olivia has received a positive response to her album ‘By the Way’.

TALLANSTOWN singer Olivia Holland has fulfilled a long held dream with the release of her debut album 'By the Way'.

Tallanstown singer Olivia Holland has fulfilled a long held dream with the release of her debut album 'By the Way'.

Olivia is the youngest off a family of six who are all into music and singing, so she was literally reared on music.

'Patrick Kavanagh poetically referred to his father playing the melodeon while his mother made the music of milking. Well in our house it was the reverse in that my father did the milking and my mother had the unenviable task of teaching us all our little songs,' she said. 'We spent many evenings singing together around the fire when my father came home from the farm. My mother, although blessed with a wonderful singing voice, never pursued a music career, but she competed successfully in many talent shows and was a key figure in the local music/drama group.'

Her father played in a band called Raglan Road and her uncle Brendan is well known on the music circuit, having fronted New Haven for many years, so music and singing was always a big part of her life growing up.

'My first experience on stage was when I was in primary school and we presented an annual concert in the local community centre,' recalled the mum of two. 'I always loved performing and in fifth/sixth class I was privileged to be allowed sing in the adult section of the show.' She was also a member of the school choir that competed very successfully in provincial and national competitions.

'I studied professional cookery at college in Galway and busked my way through it all which was great fun,' Olivia said. When she finished college she did some travelling to Jersey, Belgium, Munich (where she played in her brother's band) and Salzburg, doing gigs in Irish pubs.

Back home, she was a member of the church choir which led her to be invited to perform at many weddings and funerals along with her sister Maeve and she had the honour of singing for the late Cardinal O Fiach when he rededicated the local church.

'I took part in many singing/song writing competitions and featured in Glas Vegas, the live TG4 talent show which was a great confidence builder at the time.'

Olivia got married and settled down with Martin, whom she describes as 'the wind beneath my wings' in 2005 and they now have two sons, Teagan and Odhran, who keep her busy.

'The itch to perform was never far away so I decided to put this album together to try to make my lifelong dream a reality,' she says.

The result is 'By the Way', is a collection of 12 songs recorded in Greenbanks Studio Carrickmacross. The album is a nice blend of country and traditional songs and includes such standards as Tennessee Mountain Home, Maggie, One Day At A Time, Rose Of Allendale, The Last Thing On My Mind, Galway To Graceland,Wind Beneath My Wings and Never Mind.

'So far reaction has been very positive,' said a delighted Olivia, before adding that it has been featured on a number of local radio stations around the country.

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