Worry Dolls Win LegenDerry Competition

English folk duo secure a spot at the Music City! festival in Derry~Londonderry on June 21

English duo Worry Dolls have beaten nearly a hundred other performers to win the UK-wide ‘Are You LegenDerry?’ competition to play at Music City! in Derry~Londonderry. 

The band, which comprises of Rosie Jones (24) and Zoe Nicol (24), who are currently based in London, will be joining in the 24-hour MusicCity! spectacular on June 21, and will be performing on the Firstsource singer-songwriter stage.

MusicCity! will see thousands of musicians from all genres, both amateur and professional, take part in free musical performances in squares, neighbourhoods, venues, churches, offices and workplaces across Derry~Londonderry on the longest day of the year.

The Buena Vista Social Club will be headlining the event, while the Sky Orchestra will also be a key attraction, with hot air balloons playing music through the sky. View the full festival programme below.

Worry Dolls were chosen as winners of the 'Are You LegenDerry?' competition by judges Neil Cowley, PRS music-an in residence for UK City of Culture, and Mairead Carlin, a local singer-songwriter.

'I’m glad we chose Rosie and Zoe because they really stood out for me,' said Cowley. 'Their humorous and charming folk songwriting, combined with sublime harmonies, had me hooked, not to mention their rather inspired video. The Music City! programme is jam-packed full of acts I can’t wait to see. Worry Dolls are absolutely now on that list.’

The duo originally met at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and will be playing at Glastonbury this year, having just released their first EP.

'We were both studying in Liverpool during 2008, which is when they were European Capital of Culture,' recalls Jones. 'There was such a big buzz around the city, so it’s just brilliant that we get to relive it all over again [in Derry~Londonderry]. I’ve never been to Northern Ireland so it’s incredibly exciting.’

'The last time I went to Ireland was when my mum was pregnant with me and we’d actually been planning to go back this year,' adds Nicol. 'We couldn’t believe it when we got the call that we had won the LegenDerry competition. I’ve had a look at the MusicCity! line up and we can’t wait to be part of it.'