About

Solo gig at The Harrison, London

Solo gig at The Harrison, London

Dolly May is a versatile vocalist born in the north of England.  Her lifelong obsession with all things VOCAL saw her move to London in 2009 to train as a voice coach. She now resides in North London where she works as a professional voice coach alongside her career as a performing vocalist.

Dolly May’s upbringing through the English and French folk traditions drew her into singing and performing from a very young age.  These roots have never left her, often performing folk songs unaccompanied.  She had her first band at the age of 19, when she moved to Sheffield to study Fine Art.  Here she also started leading her first choir, and this began her vocal teaching career in 2006.

Dolly May draws influence from music and cultures around the world.  Inspirations include:  Bulgarian choirs, Georgian chant, English folk, jazz music, French folk, electronic music, Blues, Swing, Medieval choral, modern choral, English classical, Indian classical… and more

Drawing upon her folk roots background she combines traditional songs effortlessly with modern technology.  Using a loop-pedal to create improvised backing or playing around with the song itself, scatting around the tune that she places in your imagination.  Her voice is striking in its effortless range and rich tone which she weaves together to create an unforgettable performance.

Performing spoken word at the Word House event.

Performing spoken word at the Word House event.

Dolly May also performs as a spoken word artist, threading the spoken voice together with the sung voice to create compelling and sophisticated original compositions.

Her performance have taken her to the Southbank and Cecil Sharp House, and at the several Magpies Nest events.  She’s has also performed at the Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling and other smaller festivals.