Helen Dorothy delivers her “beautifully-crafted, intelligent songs” in sparkling and intimate performances, with a unique voice and expressive guitar work. At WellyFest she will be accompanied by PLot, the gloriously groovy combination of Paul and Lott! Together with guest virtuoso harmonica player Neil Billington, they will be embarking on a musical mission to engage, enthral, amuse, delight, and move the audience, in celebration of her latest album of songs.
Helen’s second studio album, ‘Watching Ghosts…and Other Songs’, was selected as one of UK fRoots Magazine’s favourites in 2014. For her recent release ‘Light Time & Sound’, she has ventured into new musical territory…
Guitarist/singer Paul Symons is in demand as a solo performer, accompanist and recording musician (acoustic, Dobro, pedal-steel, electric guitar). After spiralling the country in a vintage Bedford school-bus playing pubs, ski-fields, and festivals, he settled down in Kumeu to play with legendary Westy party-band The Dusters, and alt-country combo Too Far Gone. He has two well-received self-released albums under his belt, and performs his original music with Lott.
Lott is a multi-instrumentalist who has played venues and jazz/blues festivals worldwide, and all the major NZ folk festivals. He plays guitar in his own Slippery Noodle avant-garde jazz trio, and performs as bassist or percussionist with New Millennium Beatniks, and Goth & Pixie. Lott contributed double-bass to bluegrass band Wires & Wood’s 2010 Tui Award winning album. He’s also busy raising his son, maintaining his Waikato lifestyle-block, and keeping track of 10 million bees!
Neil Billington is one of this country’s leading exponents of the harmonica, combining a rare capacity for both the traditional blues harmonica and the less typical chromatic harmonica. Neil performed at the 2016 ‘Live Magic’ blues festival in Tokyo, where he was invited to play with the lead act, slide-guitar legend Sonny Landreth.
You can expect a crowd-pleasing performance from this line-up!