Dolly Varden at Simon’s!

It’s the return of the birthday throw-down at Simon’s in Edgewater, this time with the full Dolly Varden band! We’ll have the songs drawn randomly from a hat all night long. It’s a free event. Sunday, April 7th. Music begins at 9pm. 5210 N. Clark St, Chicago

Sept 4: Dolly Varden Plays “The Panic Bell” on…

As part of Steve Dawson’s September residency at the Hideout, Dolly Varden will play “The Panic Bell,” their acclaimed 2007 album, in its entirety, along with new songs they’ve been working on for their next album.

“Songwriter Steve Dawson has an unerring capacity for finding the caveat in joy and desolation, in light and darkness. His voice thins and strains with compelling force; partner Diane Christiansen’s is here a fragile ache, there a soothing croon of reassurance; and when they sing together, the two create an entirely new whole. The band moves seamlessly from the delicate, folky sound of “Small Pockets” and the Stones-tinged rock of “You Never Will” to the guitar-and-harp wail of “Triumph Mine, Idaho” and the gorgeous pop of “It’s All Gonna Change,” all the while managing to inhabit the music with a simmering, barely contained intensity. The Panic Bell serves notice that Dolly Varden continues to make pop music that is seductive, transcendent and peerless”

Monday, Sept 4th. The Hideout  7pm. advance tickets (recommended) $10

Dolly Varden’s Steve Dawson has co-written a book: Take…

“I am very excited to announce the release of “Take It To The Bridge: Unlocking The Great Songs Inside You.” I’ve been working on it with Mark Caro for many years as an extension of my songwriting classes at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The book aims to encourage and inspire anyone who’s ever thought about writing a song through practical, approachable assignments that explore all elements of songwriting: form, lyrics, chords, melody and rhythm. The exercises were culled from 10 years of weekly assignments. Mark and I chose the ones that have had the best results over the years and seem to help people open up and write to their best potential. The book can be ordered direct from GIA, the publisher, now at this link.”
-Steve Dawson

We have 2 big events coming up to celebrate the book release where you can buy the book from us in person and get a sheet of stickers for self-application as you complete the assignments!
Sat October 15 at SPACE in Evanston, 1pm
pre-release event with Mark and Steve playing songs and talking about the book

Sun Dec 4 at The Old Town School of Folk Music’s Szold Hall
Book Release Spectacular with Dolly Varden and a cavalcade of stars
more info on that soon!


Dolly Varden returns to FitzGerald’s August 19th

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We’ll play a full set of new songs and favorites from past albums when we return to one of the best music rooms in the Chicagoland area. Phil Angotti and his band play the second set and we’ll do a handful of songs together, too. A great, full evening of music beginning at 8:30. Advance tickets on sale now

Dolly Varden at Square Roots July 8th and a…

We are very happy to announce that Dolly Varden will be performing at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Square Roots Festival on July 8th at 9pm. We hope to see you there!

AND Steve and Diane will be joined by Robbie Fulks on Friday, 29th, at the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center for a fundraiser and silent auction. Songs from the Jesus Christ Trio, from Robbie’s albums, Dolly Varden albums, and choice favorite covers. General Admission tickets are only $20 and space is limited!
Advance tickets here


Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen duet shows

duets250pxSunday, March 13, The House Pub, St Charles, IL 7pm

Friday, April 15, The Brink Lounge, Madison, WI 8pm

Sunday, May 8, Central Ohio Folk Festival, Columbus, OH, noon

full information and links at the “Shows” page