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Dora Darling-Swann

Dora has been steeped in song and story ever since she was a little girl, she dwells in a magical world somewhere betwixt and between the Wildest Woods and the depths of the deepest Ocean. Her beautiful voice has a depth and resonance that can carry the audience to the Otherworld….

“Dora’s rich deep voice draws you into the stories of the songs she’s written… the audience were clearly appreciative.”  Nancy Kerr and James Fagan.

A self taught musician, Dora sings and plays the guitar, she also plays the fiddle and the tin whistle, both of which she learnt to play when she lived in Ireland in the 1990’s. Dora has written many many songs and tunes, influenced by her magical nature, a love for the Earth and the traditional music of the British Isles and Eastern Europe. Dora has the unusual ability to write songs which sound and feel magical, ancient and traditional.

In 2015 Dora ended a nine year long relationship with her band Forcenra to concentrate on the solo playing and recording of both her own hand spun songs,and a plethora of instrumental compositions, together with many traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles played on both whistle and fiddle.

Photo by Richard Clarke 2016
Photo by Richard Clarke 2016

Collaboration

Dora frequently works with other musicians; together with her partner Dan Swann she sings traditional sea shanties and other folk songs in beautiful harmonic a capella, Dan is also a fantastic bodhran player.

Currently Dora also works with Nathan Lewis-Williams (guitar, vocals and bouzouki) and Dan Swann (bodhran and vocals), in their folk trio O’r Tir weaving Celtic patterns on strings, with sung harmonies – and Welsh traditional tunes for good measure. O’r Tir bring you blessings with “Ancient new songs from the heart of Britain.” The music comes “from the land” – the meaning of the Cymric band name.

Influences 

Dora grew up listening to the music of Steeleye Span, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchel and Carly Simon. In her early teens she started to play the tin whistle and later spent several years living in Ireland singing and playing at sessions. In `Ireland she fell in love with the music of Davy Spillane, Christy Moore, Planxty and Moving Hearts, she loved the Bothy band and Sharon Shannon to name a few… Back in the Uk Dora loves to hear the music of Martin Carthy, and Dick Gaughan (both of whom she has supported in recent years). Dora can often be found listening to Lau, Kila, Flook, PerKelt, Seth Lakeman, and the great Paul Simon.

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Contact

 Dora is available for gigs, weddings, events, etc…

Bookings can be made for Dora as a solo act, playing and singing both her original material and traditional songs. Dora and her partner Dan are also available singing a cappella traditional songs and shanties, or a combination of that and Dora’s solo material. O’r Tir (Dora’s folk Trio) are also available to hire.

For bookings and enquiries please complete the form below, include your phone number and I will get back to you.