Dolly Mavies is a London based Soul/Folk singer-songwriter. Dolly released her first EP ‘Behind Closed Eyes’ in December 2015 which climbed to #25 in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart. Dolly’s song The Rain was announced as a Finalist in the Folk category of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition 2016.
With Welsh roots and soulful sounds, Dolly's music captivates, with haunting vocals and ambient tones. Her combination of folk, soul and acoustic guitar create an emotive and poetic soundscape channelling life, love and loss.
Since Dolly’s release in 2015 she has continued gigging and writing and has played at the O2 Academy in Oxford as part of BBC Introducing, The Half Moon in Putney, Hootanannys in Brixton, The Hard Rock Café in London, The Jericho Tavern Oxford, The Bullingdon Oxford, The Tin at The Coal Vaults in Coventry, Porters in Cardiff, Pyramid in Leeds, Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, and has played live on BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire as well as performing on That's Oxfordshire TV and Bay TV Swansea. Dolly will be playing at Common People Festival in Oxford this May Bank Holiday weekend and at Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham Sunday May 28th.
Dolly is currently writing and recording for a new release in 2017. In addition to writing for her solo release, Dolly has been collaborating with the Banbury based 3 piece Zurich, writing a new single with front man Adrian Banks which will be released in Summer 2017.
2016 saw Dolly reach the Semi-Final of the Meet and Jam Singer/Songwriter competition in association with Island records, as well as reaching the Semi Final in the Be Somebody competition for The Indie Label, she also released her debut music video for The Rain and headlined her first tour in South Wales. Dolly has supported Zurich, Coasts, Little Comets, Passport to Stockholm, Tom Pointer, Sonia Stein, Vesperteen, and Harry Pane.
Dolly’s influences include: Patti Smith, Eva Cassidy, The Spice Girls, David Bowie, and an array of punk rock bands. Dolly Mavies has been likened to artists such as: Florence and the Machine, Gabrielle Aplin, Joan Baez, and Daughter.