London based singer-songwriter of Kurdish origin from Turkey, Olcay Bayir combines her Anatolian, Mesopotamian folk traditIons and her original songs with contemporary music, dynamic grooves and funky rhythms. Olcay fusions her roots through modern compositions and eclectic arrangements. Olcay displays the cultural influences on her personal identity and sings in Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian and Greek.
She brought the power of a trained voice to the music of her homeland in her first album Neva – Harmony (Riverboat, World Music Network, 2014), sung in multiple languages. Her second album Rüya – Dream (or ARC Music,2019 ) featured her own songs. Both albums were well received in industry press. Nominated for best newcomer in the Songlines Music Awards 2015 for her debut album Neva. She is a recipient of a PRS - Women Make Music Award.