IRISH country star Mary Duff has been touring the globe with fellow countryman Daniel O’Donnell for almost a quarter of a century.

They came to Clacton two years ago and now Mary is back - but this time with her solo show featuring songs from latest album Changing Lanes.

Mary was bitten by the country bug when she was just 12 when her father invited her to sing with his band at weekends.

She became a regular around the County of Meath in many bands including a three-year stint with the Jukebox.

After signing to Ritz Records, Mary was offered the special guest slot on Daniel O’Donnell’s first UK concert tour.

Since then her career has gone from strength to strength, with more than 20 albums to her name, and she heads off on another year-long worldwide tour with O'Donnell again in August.

She has appeared live on US TV in front of six million viewers and went to number two on the Billboard World Music Charts.

Her best-off The Ultimate Collection featured 40 of Mary’s favourite songs and was also her first British chart hit, climbing into into the UK Top 50.

This year sees her performing in Australia, New Zealand, Sri-Lanka, Switzerland, the USA and Canada.

Fans can catch her at Clacton's Princes Theatre on Thursday, July 13, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £23 from the box office on 01255 686633.