ABOUT MELANIE HARROLD
The Early Years
Melanie was brought up in the Midlands and began singing in the local folk club called The Boggery, one of the most prominent singer/songwriter entertainers folk clubs in the country, in the early 70’s, and run by Jasper Carrott. She toured extensively around Great Britain under the name of Joanna Carlin recorded two albums for DJM records appearing on Gerry Rafferty’s Album City to City.
She worked in street theatre and then joined Prospect Theatre's production of Pilgrim with music written by Carl Davies and starring Paul Jones, Peter Straker and Paul Nicholas. She also performed with Julian Littman in a BBC production of Orpheus and the Underground written by Carl Davies and John Wells.
In the beginning of the eighties she joined The Hank Wangford Band which head of its time, brought humour and pastiche to theatre country rock. In this band she featured as Irma Cetas The Vera Lynn of the North Sea Oil Fields.
Late in the eighties she returned to her acoustic roots and went on the road with her then partner Olly Blanchflower. They toured throughout Great Britain, Ireland and Europe recording three cds together: Live in the City, From the Heart and Instinctive Behaviour.
Voice and Therapy
By the early nineties she stopped touring and embarked on two decades of courses and trainings in Voice Movement Therapy, and at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy developing an expressive therapeutic model of embodied voice work called The Singing Body.
What’s Happening Now
In 2012 Acrobat Records re-issued her DJM albums and she went on to record a live album with them Melanie Harrold Live ...and then some.
Then in this year she has recorded a reunion album with Daphne’s Flight having made their first album together in 1996. They are touring the country in May 2017 and she will be releasing a new Cd compilation showcasing her song writing over the last 40 years.