Keith Donnelly and the lovely Lauren South. This winning pairing gives Keith the opportunity to air some of his more serious songs and to play for Lauren's beautiful singing. Of course, you can't keep a good comedian down (for long) so there's silly and serious.
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 plus Lauren’s stunning vocals, violin, guitar and shruti box. Songs by Keith, Lauren and that chap, Trad..
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!’
SPECIAL SHOWS -
DONNELLY & SOUTH'S CHRISTMAS CRACKER
In DECEMBER they offer Donnelly and South's Christmas Cracker - a Christmas show with some crazy bits, a sackful of their singalong, wintry-wonderful songs. The best Christmas-Duo-Show this side of Morecambe & Bublé! A stocking-load of Keith’s hilarious seasonal anecdotes and jokes. The gift of a couple of scary solstice ghost stories. Pour on lashings of Lauren’s, silky-smooth, brandy-butter vocals. All wrapped up with fantastic festive guitars and yummy Yuletide fiddles. The most fun you can have without shinning down someone’s chimney! 2024 will be its second year. It was super-successful in 2023.
"A star-quality act ready to take the folk scene by storm." - Pete Willow
Donnelly and South's Christmas Cracker Showreel
A MOSAIC OF TALES AND TUNES, SONGS AND STORIES THAT INTERWEAVE AND OVERLAP, CREATING A RICH, ENCHANTING TAPESTRY OF WORDS, MUSIC AND WONDER.
A perfect combination of song and storytelling.
Each tune and tale is a beautifully crafted ‘standalone’ piece, yet each one interweaves and overlaps with the others to produce something truly magical.
There are tales of powerful wizards, strange enchanted otherworlds, ghostly goings on, as well as some of the most hilarious and crazy musical and storytelling offerings you’re ever likely to come across (‘The Giant Albino Singing Tadpole’, ‘Ghost Eiders in the Sky’ and many more).
Featuring Keith’s trademark acoustic guitar, didgeridoo and sense of humour (‘Keith could make sheep laugh!’ Jasper Carrott) and Lauren’s violin, tenor guitar, shruti box and stunning voice, ‘Overlapping Stories’ is a totally unique, fantastically entertaining, guaranteed crowd pleaser.
[The show is totally self-contained. Donnelly and South carry their own compact PA and lights where needed.]
N.B. Keith and Lauren can tailor the ‘scare factor’ level of each show if and when there are children/family audiences. They are also able to offer Primary and Secondary Schools educational ‘Overlapping Stories’ performances and workshops.
Overlapping Stories, written by Keith
“What an absolute joy it was to be part of one the best evening’s entertainment this year. 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
This is Lauren singing Keith's song, Prayer.
KD = Keith solo
Sat 3rd LS
Wed 7th LS
Wed 14th D&S
Wed 21st LS
Sat 24th KD
Sat 24th LS
9th LS Album Launch
16th 18th KD
Sat 30th KD
Sun 14th LS
Fri 26th D&S
Tue 30th LS
Sat 11th May KD
Thur 30th LS
Sat 1st KD
Sun 2nd LS
Sun 11th - 12th D&S
Fri 16th LS
Sat 7th-8th TBC KD
Donnelly & South's Christmas Cracker
Wed 27th Cottingham Live
Sun 1st D&S
Sun 8th D&S
Wed 11th D&S
Thur 12th KD
Sat 3rd Jan KD