AMA UK Song of the Year nominees Worry Dolls are an exciting duo born out of the joint talents of multi-instrumentalists Zoe and Rosie, whose debut album Go Get Gone was released in 2017.
Meeting at an open mic night, on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Their great chemistry and love of harmony led them to starting a contemporary bluegrass band playing Nickel Creek & Alison Krauss. Paired for an opportunity to have their songwriting critiqued by Paul McCartney, they were inspired to join forces as Worry Dolls and could now be described as an almost telepathically linked songwriting force.
Blending the tender urgency of Zoe Nicol’s Irish-influenced voice with the fiery integrity of Rosie Jones’ vocals and rhythmic guitar. Zoe transferred her fingerpicking skills to Earl Scruggs-style banjo, motivated by players like Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks).
In autumn 2015 they quit their lives in London to fly to Nashville and record their album with producer Neilson Hubbard.
In the 6 months following their album release, highlights include a raved-about main stage performance at Cambridge Folk Festival, showcases at The Great Escape and AmericanaFest UK, Festival La Truite Magique in Belgium, Jessie Weston’s catwalk at London Fashion Week, C2C Festival at The O2, BBC Introducing, plays on BBC Radio 2, praise from MOJO, BBC’s Whispering Bob Harris & Paul Sexton, opening slots and collaborations with Sam Outlaw and Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter and a limited edition white vinyl released on Record Store Day. Their November Headline Tour began at The Borderline in London and was followed by an incredible set of shows. With just short of a hundred shows this year – all a testament to their talent and achievements in such a short time in 2017.