Siobhan Donnelly is a singer, writer and community artist from Cumbria, via Huddersfield.
Growing up, Siobhan always loved folk music and singing and still can’t quite believe she now gets to do it as a job! Siobhan primarily works with groups to help improve mental health, build communities and develop confidence and communication, aiming to make creative opportunities accessible to everyone.
In 2017 Siobhan and fellow musician Ben ‘Buddy’ Slack released Shallow Roots, an album of songs inspired by the murder ballads tradition. In the same year her short story The Man Who Disappeared, an exploration of dementia and ageing inspired by her work in the care sector, was published in the Grist Anthology 2017: I, You, He, She, It. Now based in the West Midlands, Siobhan has spent the last year directing Tamworth Emerge Fest, a multidisciplinary youth arts festival championing the work of local young people.
When she’s not singing, Siobhan can usually be found hoarding second hand books, drinking copious amounts of tea, or obsessively rewatching Brave and wishing, like Merida, that she could let her hair flow in the wind as she rides through the glen firing arrows into the sunset.