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 are on sale NOW

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 about it in magazines and blogs… thank you thank you thank you.

BadgeWe won’t be playing much in 2014 as Steve Dawson will be working hard on a new album with Funeral Bonsai Wedding, his band with Frank Rosaly, Jason Adasiewicz and Jason Roebke. For more information on that, stop by Steve’s website. He’s running a Pledge Music fundraising campaign for the album project. Click the image to find out about that.

We have big plans for our (gasp) 20th anniversary in 2015, so stay tuned.

SONY DSCWe’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 going to stack a bunch of them together and give Diane the spotlight. We’ll play a few of mine, too! We go on at 8pm and play a full extended set, then the Phil Angotti band will play a set of Phil’s great melodic power-pop. Phil and I will also sing a few songs between sets. This is going to be a good one, folks! We hope to see you there. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL
Advance tickets available via the FitzGerald’s website

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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Twangfest in St Louis – Sat June 8

June 5, 2013

Meet us in St Louis Saturday night for the final night of Twangfest. Dolly Varden with The Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw!! Show starts at 8pm in The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. Full information at Twangfest Headquaters

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new video – Saskatchewan To Chicago

May 4, 2013
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A brand new Dolly Varden album, “For A While”

March 13, 2013

“Who would think that a band that named itself after a certain type of trout and chalked up two decades and six discs would give us a set of songs that’s worthy of contention for album of the year, even though the year’s just barely begun?” – Country Standard Time “Chicago’s Dolly Varden – a […]

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