the band

Tenderlore are Hayley McDonnell, Olly Lewis and Rob Kitney; an alternative folk trio of three individual songwriting voices working seamlessly together. Their melodic approach to folk music is centred around their intricate three part vocal harmonies, accompanied by a finely woven blend of acoustic instruments.

Since their formation in 2014, Tenderlore have been gigging widely across the UK and Ireland, at festivals and folk clubs, and have supported a number of acclaimed artists including Spiro, Olivia Chaney and Martin Simpson.

Their eponymous debut album was released in the summer of 2015, featuring songs from all three members, rooted in folk but with an engaging pop sensibility. To listen to and buy the album, please follow the ‘music’ tab at the top of the page.



Rob Kitney

Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Saxophone

Hometown: Herne Bay, Kent

Place you most want to visit: West Africa – Senegal, Mali, Nigeria… and Norway

Influences: Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, Manic Street Preachers, Van Morrison, Arctic Monkeys, John Coltrane, Fela Kuti, Joni Mitchell, Brad Mehldau, Johnny Flynn, Marius Neset, The Velvet Underground, Joshua Redman

Favourite Lyric: “I hope you know that all I want from you is sex,
To be with someone that looks smashing in athletic wear” (John Grant, ‘Queen of Denmark’)




Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Cello

Hometown: Knowle, Bristol

Place you most want to visit: Cape Town, South Africa / New York City, USA

Influences: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Brandi Carlile, Fleet Foxes, Phil King, Paul Simon/Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Cat Stevens

Favourite Lyric: Been so long since I’ve seen your face or felt a part of this human race, I’ve been living out of this here suitcase for way too long.  A man needs something he can hold onto, a nine pound hammer or a woman like you, either one of them things will do” (Ray Lamontagne, ‘Jolene’)




Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin,

Hometown: Kingsbury, London

Place you most want to visit: Berlin, Germany

Influences: The Staves, Laura Marling, Ben Howard, Florence and the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Dry The River, Local Natives, Kodaline, David Bowie, The Waterboys, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bruce Springsteen. 

Favourite Lyric: “Tickle me pink, I’m rosy as a flushed red apple skin,
except I’ve never been as sweet”