Ollie King is a musician and composer based in south London, whose music is firmly rooted in, but not limited by, English traditional music. A highly versatile multi-instrumentalist, he has been described by Andy Cutting as "one of the finest young melodeon players in England", and his playing pushes the boundaries of the humble squeezebox. He has two critically acclaimed solo albums under his belt, and is a sought after session musician and folk dance musician.
Released in Spring 2017, Ollie's second album Diffractions received universal critical acclaim, and was named by Songlines Magazine as a Top of the World album. The album explores the way that folk and traditional music moves, morphs and changes as it passes from person to person, with a particular focus on the relationship between traditional and Western classical musics.
Alongside solo work, Ollie has a number of theatre credits under his belt, including Our Country's Good at the National Theatre, and the Titled Wig/Malvern Theatres UK touring adaptation of Great Expectations, for which he also composed the score. Other bands and projects include English dance band The Discussion Topic, and Iris, who aim to make folk music more inclusive with their use of Makaton signing.
“For a young musician, he is astonishingly mature and fluent, with a lyrical, flowing style all his own. He produces a rich, mellow sound, perhaps not unconnected to his use of vintage Hohner melodeons. Whatever difference that makes, he is a real delight to listen to.”