ACORN THEATER: Three Oaks, Michigan: Fri. August 14th

S.P.A.C.E.: Evanston, IL: Sat. September 19th

We are very excited to announce that we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary as a band with a big concert at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, on Saturday, May 2nd. Tickets go on sale March 13 at

Saturday, May 2nd, 8pm, $20
Maurer Hall at The Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

New show announced: SPACE December 12

September 26, 2014

Dolly Varden is gearing up for our 20th anniversary year next year. We plan to have a celebration concert and release some new stuff. Stay tuned here for updates on all that. In the meantime, we will be playing ONE BIG SHOW in 2014: Friday, December 12th S.P.A.C.E Evanston, IL with Funeral Bonsai Wedding tickets […]

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2014 and beyond

February 10, 2014

All of us at Dolly Varden headquarters would like to thank everyone for an amazing 2013. We released “For A While” in late January, and the reception really exceeded our expectations. We are so grateful for everyone who listened to the recordings, came to the shows, played the album for friends, shared it online, wrote […]

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The songs of Diane Christiansen – FitzGerald’s, Jan 24th

January 15, 2014

We’ve talked about doing a show like this for a long time. As you probably know, each of our albums has a few songs that Diane sings – some written by her and some that I’ve written for her to sing. We usually play a few of them whenever we play, but for this show we’re […]

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New Year’s Eve!

December 9, 2013

It’s been a long time since we played a New Year’s Eve show… but we’re very excited to be playing at First Night Evanston this year. We’ll play 2 sets – one at 8pm and one at 10pm – in the First Presbyterian Church on Chicago Ave in Evanston. Howard Levy and his band will […]

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Dolly Varden at S.P.A.C.E. Thanksgiving Weekend

November 4, 2013

Join us at Evanston’s SPACE for a big, expansive, post-Thanksgiving celebration concert, Saturday, November 30th at 8pm. Derek Fawcett will open the show. Advance tickets on sale now. ($12 GA, $24 tables). Also, check back here soon for details about Dolly Varden’s New Year’s Eve concert at First Night Evanston, Dec 31st.

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The year so far…

July 26, 2013

“This year marks the 19th year Dolly Varden has been together and the Chicago-based quintet recently released its sixth studio album, “For A While.” This album is garnering rave reviews for good reason: this might be their finest effort yet. One listen to new songs such as the autobiographical, Dawson-penned “Saskatchewan to Chicago,” and you […]

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FitzGerald’s 33rd Annual Amercian Music Festival – July 6th!!

June 12, 2013

We are thrilled to be a part of the 33rd Annual American Music Festival at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, IL. We play on Saturday, July 6th at 7:30pm, just before NRBQ and Jimmy LaFave. Spend the day (or the whole weekend!) and hear great music inside and out. See you there!

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