Aidan Jolly

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2017

Genre: Other/Various

Instrument/voice type: Singer-Songwriter

Location: North West


Aidan Jolly is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Manchester. As well as singing, writing songs, and performing in his own right he collaborates with writers, filmmakers, theatre companies, choirs and communities to create cross art- form performances, most recently with the Bridgewater Hall's Tram Tracks project; with RISE!, a six- piece band built around the beautiful alto voice of Greek singer Iris Mavraki, exploring and celebrating the idea of the epic narrative song; with ‘Stone Flowers’, a project involving Music Action International and Freedom from Torture (Manchester), creating songs by survivors of torture, (our most recent performance was at the Royal Exchange); and Virtual Migrants, whose 2015 production 'Continent Chop Chop' toured the UK. He has toured extensively in the UK and abroad. In 2007 Aidan wrote and directed the songs and music for the play “On Common Ground”, which celebrated the 1932 Kinder Trespass, and was featured on BBC1 and Radio 4. His commissioned piece ‘The Ghost Of A River’, about Grindleford in the Derbyshire Dales, was featured in the Guardian. He has released two CDs of songs and is working on a third.