Alela Diane performs at the beautiful Union Chapel, 12 April.
"My first memories are of falling asleep to the sound of my father’s guitar in the kitchen. I taught myself to play the instrument through song writing when I was 19, and still come back to those familiar finger picked styles when I write. I come from a little pine-tree filled gold mining town called Nevada City, California, but Portland, Oregon has been home for twelve years. Early recordings were made in 2003, while going to college in San Francisco, and I have been releasing albums every few years since. I’ve toured all over the UK and Europe, and have driven circles around the vast United States enough times to know better. I write about life, about love, about loss, I've dreamt songs, and I've been painfully nostalgic in verse. I’ve tried many sounds: stripped down acoustic to full band and back to basics again. I’ve learned a lot about my voice over the years, and it's grown and changed with me, for which, I am grateful. My fifth solo record, Cusp, was recorded while pregnant with my second daughter, and will be released in early 2018, when I can manage to tour again.
I look forward to sharing it with you.
Classically-trained singer / pianist, Olivia Chaney, graduated 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.