"A star-quality act ready to take the folk scene by storm." - Pete Willow
Keith Donnelly, one of the most popular, and, yes slightly crazy, figures in the folk world, teams up with the scene’s most exciting new voice - Lauren South. Keith’s superb songwriting and guitar-playing too often take a back seat to his onstage madcappery. Not so in this duo (he promises!). Lauren’s stunning vocals on Keith’s songs, her own originals, as well as the odd ‘trad’ song, not forgetting her violin, guitar and Shruti box playing, never fail to ‘wow’ audiences wherever she goes.
Lauren, from Rugby, formerly fronted the trio Greengrass, and has a voice somewhere between Katie Rusby and Cara Dillon.
Although this new combo might at first raise a few eyebrows, anyone who ever saw Keith work with Dark Horses, Nothing by Chance, or indeed (back in the day) Waterfall, won’t be too surprised to see him jump at the chance to work with a vocalist like Lauren. Anyone who’s heard these musicians separately will hopefully be as thrilled as we are to see the launch of this new duo.
Keith says - ‘This is probably the most important new duo since Steve Beer teamed up with that Phil Knightly!’
Lauren says - ‘Oh for heaven’s sake!’
“What an absolute joy it was to be part of one the best evening’s entertainment this year. Yes folks, last Friday we witnessed a truly unique double-act personified by the totally crazy Keith Donnelly and the totally brilliant Lauren South. I was curious as to how this meld of hyper-comedic talent and enthralling; intricate pure crystal vocal lines would work. The answer was simple, splendidly. Keith, “behaved”, when absolutely necessary and provided Lauren with skilfully played guitar accompaniments, whilst Lauren delivered some of the most beautifully melodic vocal lines I’ve heard. Superb! Wow! Excellent!” – Woodman Folk Club
"Always a good night at CVFolk's Albany Theatre event but tonight was
just stunning. Keith Donnelly and Lauren South are one diamond duo
combining gorgeous singing and musicianship with barely controlled
21st - 24th July