About The Band
The Dolmen is a powerhouse of Celtic Rock! With a die-hard fanbase that travels with them all across Europe, they are true stalwarts of the festival scene and one of the front-runners in the genre. Winners of countless awards, their eclectic back-catalogue consists of over 20 albums covering everything from traditional Celtic folk right through to electric rock.
The Dolmen was founded by prolific singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Taloch Jameson in the 90s . The current line up are Chris Harris, who joined the band in 2010 as the drummer, Josh Elliott, lead guitarist, who joined The Dolmen family in 2009 and Kayleigh Marchant, bass guitar & vocals, member since 2008. During lockdown the band was then completed in its line up with Connach Jameson on electric guitar and banjo as well as Lena M PaaK on the Keyboards.
In 2023 The Dolmen released their latest project ‘Celtic Giants’ with unrivalled dynamic force! Celtic Giants is a collaboration between The Dolmen and ConnacH, with an eponymous album that showcases the undeniable talents of this mega-group. Spiritual echoes of a mighty Celtic past are woven through the rifting guitars, driving bass, ethereal melodies and tribal drums, making Celtic Giants a truly unmissable experience!
Lead vocals, 8 & 6 string acoustic and electric guitars; multi-instrumentalist
Founding member, lead singer-songwriter and soul of The Dolmen: Born and raised an Islander off the coast of the UK, his music and rough edges reflect the dual heritage from which he was bred. Drawing from folklore, legend and historical account to actively preserve the traditions and memory of a rapidly fading Celtic age, his personal spiritual ethos, mentoring, music and writings on individual freedom of thought and peace have inspired people all over the world. A familiar figure on radio, television and other media across the UK and mainland Europe, he is also the founder of Clan Dolmen International (formerly The Dolmen Grove). Taloch has never lost his cultural musical roots, and as the driving force of the band, sets the tone of The Dolmen with the poetry, passion and fire of the Romany and indigenous Native American tribes from which he springs.
Song writer, vocals; multi-instrumentalist specializing in electric guitar; banjo and various string and wind instruments
Joining The Dolmen at a fairly young age, any doubts about Josh’s abilities were soon put to rest. An accomplished guitarist with classic licks and soaring leads reminiscent of the greats of vintage Rock, he nonetheless shares the band’s passion for tradition and love of folklore, creating a seamless union of the modern with a heavy Celtic seasoning. His first compositions alongside Taloch resulted in the acclaimed album, “Crabchurch Conspiracy”. Based on Dolmen lyricist and collaborator Mark Vine’s book of the same name, the work is an historical and musical look at the tragic consequences of the English Civil War and its effect on the countryside and people of Dorset. Since that time, his contributions to the band have been epic, his achievements significant, and his music nothing less than magic.
Bassist, songwriter and vocals
An audience favourite in her own right, with at least one solo album under her belt, the gorgeous Kayleigh’s driving bass and rhythms perfectly express her unique spirit and energy. Proceeding from a background in dance, theatre, and performance, she has been a lover of Celtic and Celtic-inspired music from an early age, beautifully dovetailing with The Dolmen philosophy and vitality from the very start. An essential part of The Dolmen identity and a true rebel soul, her songwriting and vocal abilities have had a tremendous influence over the band and her many fans. On stage, it is invariably Kayleigh who insures each concert is a festival of party fun.
Drums, percussionist, accordion and vocals
Powerful and tribal, Chris brings to the band his unique style of Celtic drumming from the Highlands of his youth. As the pulse, the heartbeat and kinetic energy of the band itself, his contributions over the years have led to the perfection of The Dolmen sound that is unique amongst Celtic Rock today. Recently taking center stage as a vocalist, his live rendition of “The Wild Wind Howls” has become a much anticipated audience favorite. Taking up the accordion and other instruments with equal ease, he is a wonder of musical diversity, of traditional and progressive sound, and an integral element of The Dolmen.