Beatie Wolfe is an Anglo-American singer songwriter with a raw, acoustic, indie rock sound. Wolfe’s music pulls from the brooding poeticism of Leonard Cohen, the tender and haunting melodies of Elliott Smith and occasionally veers into Americana and grunge territory.
An innovator as much as a musician, described as “extraordinary” by Forbes, “ingenious” by Fast Company and “bleeding-edge” by WIRED, Beatie is at the forefront of pioneering new formats for music. Her work has been featured in the world’s leading museums, festivals, conferences and received nominations across the music, tech and art fields. She is also co-founder of a “profound” (The Times) new research project looking at the power of music for people living with dementia.
Beatie began looking at the therapeutic power of music for people with dementia in 2014, with support from The Utley Foundation. The partnership looked at direct, ground level impact through working with residents in care homes as well as broader, awareness raising initiatives like the Music and Dementia Festival, held in August 2017.
Her research tour in Priory Care Homes used new music in performances for people with dementia and saw positive impacts through pre-assessments and post-performance questionnaires which allowed short and longer-term improvements to be monitored. Noted improvements were observed in: response and interaction, relaxation, singing and movement, and dancing.
Carers reported that even mid-project there were significant improvements in the individuals’ level of worry, memory and communication. These changes remained evident after Beatie’s performance, and even after the study had concluded.