Olivia Chaney


Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney makes a very welcome return to Turner Sims.

Since her acclaimed debut The Longest River in 2015, Olivia has collaborated with Kronos Quartet on a record entitled Folk Songs, featuring Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon, and received a Grammy nomination fora  record she made with The Decemberists – called Offa Rex The Queen of Hearts. For this special evening, Olivia performs music from her recent Nonesuch album Shelter, her Grammy-nominated collaboration with The Decemberists and pays tribute to great female singer-songwriters and artists that have influenced and inspired her, including Sandy Denny, Edith Piaf, Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday as we mark International Women’s Day.

Following a long period of life on the road, Olivia returned to a family retreat, a rustic, 18th-century cottage in the hills of the North Yorkshire Moors, to write the songs of Shelter. Produced by Thomas Bartlett, the album features eight original songs, plus Chaney’s interpretations of Purcell’s O Solitude and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s Long Time Gone, first recorded by the Everly Brothers.

Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate. But in her quiet way, she’s radical. New York Times

Forget the labels, she is a major artist, and completely her own person. The Telegraph ★★★★★