..... and to express her art in ways that reach others in an intimate and personal way. In the jazz and blues scene, this is particularly important. Barbara Dolan has a strong voice and a unique message. Both have been developed in her unique way. She lives her life with enthusiaum and zeal; deriving meaning from every experience. A dedication to family, a strong wo... [More]rk ethic and a passion for music are the ingriedents in her path. It all comes through in her performances, that regardless of audience size are rewarded with standing ovations.
Barbara's dream to sing started in local theater groups such as the Worcester County Light Opera. She quickly outgrew amature venues and moved to working with seasoned professionals to further develop her talent. As her talents matured she earned guest vocalist spots in such spots as John Stone's Inn, (now Stone's Public House), in Ashland, MA, The Colonial Inn, in Concord, MA, Chloe's, in Hudson, MA, The Rat Pack Cafe and The Cosmopolitan, in Framingham, MA, Bullfinches, in Sudbury,MA,the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, the Cottonwood Cafe, in Boston, MA, and the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge among others. Recently Barbara has been a headliner at the prestigious Acton Jazz Cafe in Acton, MA.
Along the way Barbara earned raves and loyal fans ineach new audience by radiating energy on and off stage that could be felt by anyone around. Doug Hammer of Dreamworld Productions was instrumental in helping her hone a style that is both aggressive and smooth. Ric Maure who is now her musical director enhanceed and enriched her musical style which some of her fans now call Barbara's Jazz Therapy.
Barbara was guest vocalist for Patrica Adams at Ryles Jazz Club. In her first outing in Boston she brought dozens of existing fans, and won new ones with her unique quality and high standards.
Anyone that hears Barbara Dolan for the first time will concur that she chose the right path to find her voice and use it to speak clearly, convincingly, and personally.