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An electric folk singer songwriter from London looking for a band to play live with/record. I started performing acoustic folk around Portsmouth in 2011. After becoming addicted to the music scene, I continued to play after moving back to my home town, London, where I found my sound with an electric guitar.

I take inspiration from many of the artists I grew up listening to. Joy Division, BRMC, Johnny Cash and Nick Cave songs often creep into my sets. Women have also largely influenced my sound and I am regularly likened to Joan Armatrading, Dolores O'Riordan Tracy Chapman and Janice Joplin.

Descriptions from the press include:

"There is the dusky soul of a miner to her music in her voice, with a Celtic aftertaste that should please die-hard folkies everywhere." - Gigslutz

'Yvonne McDonnell has crafted six magnificently poignant pieces of art here.' - Pure M Mag

Yvonne has a voice that isn’t just pretty. The first thing I would say is that she sounds unique as well as empowering. There is a confidence in the way she sings that makes it easy for the listener to get behind the songs. - The Equal Ground

"She’s extremely talented, has a very distinct and wonderful voice, brilliant song-writing ability and is obviously very passionate about what she does." - She Makes Music

'Regardless of the comparison, there is a pungent scent of brilliance in every note picked.' - Give It Back Magazine

"This talented young artist is one to watch" - King Monkey Promotions

'There are many out there trying to communicate but few are able to do it with such ease and natural articulation. As a songwriter, Yvonne seems to have inherited something from a bygone era, when pop songs were works of art in themselves, more than just forms of wall-paper and entertainment.' - James Black - Chaos Theory Promotions

Screen name:
Member since:
Apr 24 2015
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Neil Young, The Pogues, Janis Joplin, Shane MacGowan, Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Dry The River, Joni Mitchell


Electric guitar, amp


Past Events

I am celebrating the launch of my new single, 'The Savages' on 9th May. With support from Mike Nisbet, Charlotte Algar and Jen Moore.