The Delicate Intensity of Olivia Chaney

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Olivia Chaney brings her beautiful singing voice to a heart-breaking Scottish folk song, a song about a garden by Chilean songwriter Violetta Para, Georges Brassens' setting of a 13th Century French text, her Nick Drake-influenced arrangement of a song by 17th Century English composer Henry Purcell, and a short piece by Nick Drake's mother Molly Drake. Plus Chaney performs her own songs about connections, consolations, and imperfections, accompanying herself on the guitar and piano.

David Garland welcomes Olivia Chaney back to the WNYC Studio, where she first performed on the show in 2010. Chaney is based in London, England, and there she's viewed as a promising talent on the folk scene, though her background includes classical early music, jazz, and performances with pop groups. Rather than choosing among these backgrounds and influences, Chaney blends them into her own intimate, skillful take on contemporary songwriting and singing.

Free Download: Olivia performs "False Love"

Olivia Chaney "There’s Not a Swain" on WNYC's Spinning On Air

Olivia Chaney "Holiday" on WNYC's Spinning On Air

Olivia Chaney "Dream Your Dreams" by Molly Drake on WNYC's Spinning On Air

Olivia Chaney "Loose Change" on WNYC's Spinning On Air

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Comments [3]

Eileen from New York, NY

In August 2012, I discovered Olivia Chaney's rendition of the French folk song, Aupres de Ma Blonde, on YouTube. I learned every word and sang it several times a day to my infant granddaughter. When Superstorm Sandy separated us for a month, I had only to sing the first verse for the smiles and the recognition to return. What a serendipitous thrill to hear Olivia Chaney on the air....and, it was my first time listening to "Spinning on Air!"

Feb. 02 2014 07:20 PM
Deb from New York NY

So gorgeous. Another fantastic addition to my music library (and life!) courtesy of David Garland. Thank you!

Jul. 14 2013 09:19 PM
Lisa Best from Jersey City

Absolutely beautiful, peaceful, love-emitting music.

Thank you!

Jul. 14 2013 08:59 PM

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