Rosie Hood with Ollie King

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Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire, known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs. Rosie’s Fellowship year with the English Folk Dance & Song Society proved a pivotal point in her career giving her time and space to develop as an artist. The year saw Rosie develop her song-writing with mentor Emily Portman, hone her instrumental skills and even resulted in a transatlantic collaboration with New York based singer and guitarist Jefferson Hamer.

Evocative vocals.” FolkWords

The overall sound is adorned and embellished by the inspirational and subtle singing of Rosie Hood, whose voice entwines perfectly with the music.” Living Tradition

Rosie will be accompanied by Ollie King.

Described by Andy Cutting as “one of the finest… up and coming young melodeon players in England”, Ollie King pushes the boundaries and expectations of the humble squeezebox. Firmly rooted in the English tradition, his playing explores the emotive side of the instrument, which he expertly showcases through his selection of material from both within and without the folk canon.

Following the release of his hugely successful debut album Gambit in 2014, Ollie will release his second album Diffractions in Spring 2017. The album explores the nature of the folk process – how the music morphs and changes as it passes from person to person – and how this process affects other music, particularly that from the Western Classical tradition. As well as melodeon and vocals, he also contributes electric guitar, piano, and duet concertina, which (alongside vocals from Rosie Hood, fiddle from Tom Kitching, trombone from Al Simpson, and bass & percussion from producer Tom Wright) gives the album a much fuller sound than his previous offerings. 

As well as solo work, Ollie also works closely with BBC Folk Award nominated singer Rosie Hood, critically acclaimed ceilidh band The Discussion Topic, and is a member of the band Iris, who aim to make folk music more inclusive by incorporating Makaton signing into their performances.  In summer 2015, Ollie was asked to perform alongside BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker in the National Theatre’s production of Our Country’s Good, featuring music composed and curated by Cerys Matthews MBE. He has also recorded music for a production of Great Expectations at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. 

“For a young musician, he is astonishingly mature and fluent, with a lyrical, flowing style all his own. He produces a rich, mellow sound, perhaps not unconnected to his use of vintage Hohner melodeons. Whatever difference that makes, he is a real delight to listen to.” – fRoots Magazine

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