Olivia Chaney – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – August 14th, 2018

Olivia Chaney

UK folk songwriter, Nonesuch recording artist and Decemberists collaborator (Offa Rex)

Olivia Chaney

Lenore.

Tue, August 14, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 ADV / $17 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

 

Olivia Chaney
Olivia Chaney
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 acclaimed and eclectic 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, Eliza and Martin Carthy, The Decemberists, Shirley Collins, Alasdair Roberts, Kronos Quartet, Zero 7 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, Chicago Reader and more); whilst The Independent featured it in their Top 5 Albums of the Year, calling it 'A landmark release'.
Last year Olivia released two collaborative albums: the first - Folk Songs - with fellow Nonesuch artists; Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon and Kronos Quartet; and the second - The Queen of Hearts - by Offa Rex, an album by a new band formed between Olivia and The Decemberists, which was nominated for a Grammy at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this year in the ‘'Best Folk Album' category. Olivia also recently finished her second solo album in Manhattan - Shelter - with producer/musician extraordinaire; Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, St.Vincent, The National, Florence Welch) which will be released June 15th this year on Nonesuch Records.
Lenore.
Lenore.
The coming together of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller as Portland’s newest folk outfit, Lenore, is serendipitous, to say the least. After individually hitting rock bottom — Pearson following her divorce and Miller after a period of destitution in LA — the pair separately turned to songwriting in the search for a still point in their turning worlds.

After several years of lending their abilities to other projects, including Saddle Creek’s The Mynabirds, and Portland’s own The High Water Jazz Band, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting through a mutual friend, Pokey LaFarge, sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued, and before they’d even scoped each other’s material, they had committed.

Now, just under two years since that fateful night, and Lenore can boast having performed at legendary Pacific Northwest venues including Mississippi Studios, Aladdin Theater, and Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, as well as the Sunset Tavern, Triple Door, and Tractor Tavern in Seattle. They've opened for the likes of Eric Bachmann, Laura Gibson, and ex-collaborators, The Mynabirds, and have shared the stage with Peter Buck (R.E.M.), as well as Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists).

Since Lenore's formation, Miller and Pearson have gained full-time collaborators in seasoned Portland musicians Edward Cameron (classical guitar) and Jessie Dettwiler (cello), who have contributed significantly to the evolution of Lenore's sound — a melancholic blend of harmony-driven folk with an ever present silver lining.

Lenore began recording their self-titled debut album in January with producer John Askew for expected release in September 2017. Pre-order: www.lenoresings.com/preorder