DORA DARLING & FRIENDS – “The Quest” – ALBUM LAUNCH
‘Dora’s rich deep voice draws you into the stories of the songs she’s written… the audience were clearly appreciative.’ – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
A self-taught musician, Somerset based Dora sings and plays the guitar, she also plays the fiddle and the tin whistle, both of which she learnt to play when she lived in Ireland in the 1990’s. She will launch her new album “The Quest”, which contains many of her best original songs as well as some traditional folk songs, accompanied by Glastonbury musicians Jenny Bliss and Nathan Lewis Williams.
Dora has written many songs and tunes, influenced by her magical nature, a love for the Earth and the traditional music of the British Isles and Eastern Europe. She has the unusual ability to write songs that sound and feel magical, ancient and traditional.
Jenny Bliss (voice, violin, viola da gamba, flute) is a multi- instrumentalist, singer, composer, improviser and virtuoso baroque violinist. She has had an eclectic musical career playing with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Medieaval Baebes, performing at the O.B.E awards in Buckingham Palace and live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. Her musical journey began at 6 when she taught herself to read and write music and to play the recorder, which later led to studying violin at prestigious music conservatoires both in the UK and abroad.
Nathan Lewis Williams (voice, bouzouki, guitar) is a bilingual (Welsh and English) folk musician, known in Glastonbury for running the Fabulous Furry Folk Nights and for musical appearances with various groups including Dragonsfly and Circulus, as well as playing regularly at the Chalice Well Gardens at summer full moon concerts and Beltane celebrations, and on both St David’s and St George’s Days with his trove of traditional songs and tunes.