Classically-trained singer / pianist, Olivia Chaney, grad
uated from England’s Royal Academy of Music, before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium, delving back to the inspiration behind the British folk revivalists. She has since built a loyal and growing following as a songwriter and interpreter, both in the UK and internationally, through her much celebrated live performances and recorded works. Over the past few years, Olivia has collaborated and shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Robert Plant, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Shirley Collins, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), The Decemberists, Zero 7, the Kronos Quartet and The Labèque Sisters. In 2013, she self-released an eponymous EP, that was followed by her critically-acclaimed 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River. This sophomore release, which The Guardian hailed as “an enchanting and stately creation”, was noted in a number of ’Best Of 2015’ lists, (Uncut, Mojo, PopMatters and more); whilst The Independent featured it in their Top 5 Albums of the Year, calling it “A landmark release”. 2017 saw Olivia collaborating on two albums with fellow Nonesuch artists: Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens & Sam Amidon; and a new band formed with The Decemberists called Offa Rex. The latter’s debut, ‘The Queen of Hearts’, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Folk album category, in addition to which it up for Folk Alliance International’s Album of the Year, has made the Mojo list of the Ten Best Folk Albums of 2017, and has been nominated for Album of the Year in fRoots magazine’s annual Critics Poll. Olivia is currently in the studio in New York with Thomas Bartlett working on her second full length album, which is set for release in 2018.