Mathis & Dolphin is a London based acoustic orchestral folk/pop ensemble with Celtic and world music vibes and the exquisite, ethereal vocals of Lora Dolphin. Formed as a trio only two years’ ago by three experienced performers from the London folk and songwriter circuit they were invited to play the acoustic stage at Cambridge Rock Festival in 2017 and they hosted their own monthly folk event in south London. Soon expanded to a five-piece band, recording began and their debut album will be released in summer 2019 on the ‘Roulette Media’ label.
Whilst influenced by traditional folk, their material is all original, written by the core duo of Alan Mathis and Lora Dolphin. This ranges from rousing, rhythmic story songs to gentle melodic ballads. In addition to the understated percussion of Mark Spall and the inventive finger-picking of guitarist Alan Mathis, their live performances have been greatly enhanced by the sublime strings of violinist Lydia Hebbourn and cellist Hilary Insall.