“A natural storyteller and reflective lyricist” Maverick Magazine

 

Edd Donovan is a highly distinctive singer and songwriter with a rare, original talent. His sound is heartfelt – comforting, yet challenging – wise. Originally from Merseyside, he has made his home in Gloucestershire.

He’s a folk songwriter in the most contemporary sense. He creates songs that tell stories of modern life, whilst weaving meaning and magic with glorious melodies. Songs that are “Political, poignant....profound” Americana, UK.

His song 'I Am' was selected by renowned singer-songwriter Reg Meuross for the Radio 2 Folk Show playlist in 2018.

 

His critically acclaimed début album, Something To Take The Edge Off, was released in April 2014. The album garnered high praise in the press and radio. 

 

 Edd’s professional experience as a Social Worker has inspired a number of his songs (he continues to work as a Mental Health Social Worker) and The Guardian’s article on Edd “The Singing Social Worker” gained his songwriting international attention. 

 

The first single from the album 'House On Fire' was inspired by Andrea Ashworth's memoir, 'Once In A House On Fire'.  It became the signature tune of the album and is 'a remarkable complex analysis of a child's experience of domestic violence' R2. On the back of the album, Edd embarked on a hugely successful, extensive UK tour; both solo and with his band, The Wandering Moles.

 

Edd released his second album, Making Mountains (Vol. 1), in June 2016 . It's rooted in Indie Folk and Americana whilst still drawing on a broad spectrum of influences. A remarkable piece of originality; a collection of thought provoking, (sometimes) challenging, yet beautiful songs that shine a light on modern life.  

 

Tracks from both of these releases been played on BBC6 Music, Radio 2 Folk Show, various BBC folk shows, Baylen Leonard's Front Porchshow, BBC Introducing and many folk and Americana radio shows internationally. 

 

Edd has opened for various contemporary folk songwriters and Americana artists including Ralph McTell, Scott Matthews, Reg Meuross, Boo Hewerdine, Eliza Carthy, Devon Sproule, John Smith, Charlie Dore, Megan Henwood, John Southworth, Micah P. Hinson. He has played festival stages, as a solo artist and everything through to full band shows, including Bristol Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival, Gate to Southwell Festival, Green Gathering, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Blissfields, Altitude VF. 

He released a free live download, ‘Live At Postlip Hall’ in November 2018 (performed with a trio, Chris Cundy (bass clarinet) and Emma Parker (harmony vocals). and is preparing for the release of his next studio album in late 2019. 

 

What the press say

 

"A hugely talented, original songwriter" Folk And Tumble. 

“A wonderful example of what modern folk music can be…gloriously different” Folk All

"This album showcases his talent for producing engaging and amiable songs" R2

 

“Genuinely beautiful…..intelligent and thought provoking” Shire Folk

 

“A natural storyteller and reflective lyricist” Maverick Magazine

 

“Poignant…powerful….reminds me of I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell” Americana UK

 

“Edd’s unique song craft that proves to be witty, thoughtful, thought provoking and blessed with a melodic touch” Folk Radio UK

 

"Summery alt-country to gladden the heart" - Tom Robinson, 6Music. 

"Like a poem with each statement let go like a mantra sent out to give people time to reflect, meditate and digest the profundity of what he is saying" Folk All

"In a time of deep uncertainty, while we watch politicians jockeying for position and personal gain, Edd Donovan is our conscience" Americana UK

"An artist with old school authenticity" Folk Phenomena

 

What other artists say

​“‘Edd Donovan isn’t famous. But with songs like this, he should be” Reg Meuross (on BBC Radio 2 Folk Playlist)

"Beautiful"– Bowerbirds

"Immensely inspiring...the more people who can hear his voice and words, the betterDr Andrea Ashworth, author of 'Once In A House On Fire'.

​"I love Edd’s music - he’s terrific"Charlie Dore

 

What the audience say

 

​"A lyrical alchemist, his songs weave happiness and sadness together into something new and very vital. 

I haven’t recognised anyone as a voice for ‘my generation ‘ since Pulp in the 90s."

Jennifer Beeston, audience member from 'Live at Postlip Hall'

 

Live Reviews

"Banter, both humorous and thought-provoking, engages the audience. More great lyrics follow in the vein of the iconic folk songs, and especially reminiscent of Bob Dylan" National Country Review

"The best performance of the festival"  UK Festivals Guide, Wychwood 2016

 

"What a completely original, distinct sound....this band blew me away" Wychwood 2014

"Tell all your friends as the marvellous Moles are surely something for sharing" Folk Radio UK - Debut album launch at Green Note, London