ANNO – DEBUT TOUR
Dominie Hooper is an artist with a voice that expresses a depth, joy and human darkness with arresting honesty. Her songs dissect identity, sexuality, mental health and survival with an ever-present sense of solidarity and optimism. With a sound that draws from English folk, classical music, alt-rock, and avant-garde pop, Hooper defies easy categorisation and pushes the boundaries of standard contemporary folk and singer-songwriter fare.
Hooper, now London-based but born and raised on Dartmoor, cut her teeth as a session musician and collaborator working with the likes of Yola, Alabaster Deplume, Band of Burns and BBC Folk Award winner Ríoghnach Connolly. Having graced stages such as Barrowlands and The Old Fruit Market at Celtic Connections, main stage Shrewsbury Folk Festival, The Union Chapel in London, and live sessions on BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland and BBC Bristol, this debut release marks the arrival of Dominie Hooper’s long awaited and hotly anticipated solo venture.
“We arrived two days into the festival on Friday, in time to witness the angelic tones of Dominie Hooper. The seasoned collaborator and session musician has only just begun stepping out with her own material, and the breadth of her talent is immediately apparent. The original songs, performed perfectly, tread the line of other genres like dream-pop and more alternative styles of folk, whilst keeping the universal folky appeal. Even if “folk” isn’t your bag, Hooper has much to offer and could happily sit on a bill of indie bands as a pure folk bill.” – Under The Radar Magazine for FOCUS Wales 2021.
“Deliciously off the wall” – Terry O’Brien, Playpen Music Agency
“Absolutely sumptuous” – Sean Rafferty, BBC R3 (live on-air performance with Band of Burns)
“As BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2019, Rioghnach’s contributions were clearly anticipated and appreciated by the near-capacity audience, but Dominie Hooper clearly staked a claim to that title sometime in the not-too distant future. Her sure-footed version of ‘Rattlin’ Roaring’ Willie’ was a joy…while she later danced with fairy lightness over the heavy waltz arrangement of ‘My Bonnie Dearie’.” – Bristol 24/7 for Band of Burns performance at St Georges Hall, Bristol 2020