Roseanna Ball

 

  • Roseanna Ball

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Rose has been performing as a folk singer/songwriter since 2007, and has supported and worked with many artists including Boo Hewerdine, Phil Beer, Ethan Johns, Raurri Joseph, Jenna Witts, Kristina Olsen, Naw and Woodford Green.

She released her first album ‘Coco’s Jar’ in 2007 with the group The Roholio Project – a folk duo with Tim Pointer. Rose then followed this with 2009’s ‘Spilling the Beans’ – predominantly a solo album and under the new heading Roholio; but featuring a lot of musician friends, such as Brendon Taylor and Tom Saunders. In July 2012 Roholio finally released the third album, ‘Ghosts’ which marked a new musical direction utilising synthesizers, mandolins and guitars to create a raw, honest album which was a world away from the acoustic, laid-back vibes of ‘Spilling the Beans’.

Roholio became a very fluid group over the next year, incorporating original member Tim Pointer along with a bassist and she proudly launched her fourth album, Evergreen in 2013. Roholio evolved again to a duo, incorporating a double bassist however after they parted musical ways she took on the task of her fifth album, ‘Geography’ solo. Rose has not recorded solo since her ‘demo days’ and so ‘Geography’ will be her first studio album to feature no other musicians. The album features meaty mandolin, beautiful banjo, gutsy and graceful guitar with heaps of harmonies and was launched September 10th 2014 at The Queen’s Theatre with support from Kiera Osment.

Departing from the name Roholio, Roseanna is now performing under her full name and looking forward to many upcoming events in 2015.

Winter Mountain

Winter Mountain

Cornish singer / songwriter Joe Francis is Winter Mountain.

Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, UK Winter Mountain is a blend of melodic songs, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance and the essence of the song.

Indeed, it was these very qualities that inspired folk star Cara Dillon and her husband/producer Sam Lakeman to sign Winter Mountain to their ‘Charcoal Records’ label after watching a performance in Donegal, Ireland.

Winter Mountain released a self titled debut album in 2013 to unanimous critical acclaim with The Sunday Express stating it to be ‘an utterly fabulous record’ and awarding it a 5 star review. The Irish Post called it ‘A smashing album, a terrific, classy debut’, whilst Maverick Magazine had this to say: ‘Winter Mountain make them like they used to, and three cheers for that!’.

Tracks from Winter Mountain’s debut album still receive regular national radio play from the likes of Janice Long, Dermot O’Leary, Clare Balding (BBC Radio 2), on RTE Radio 1 and from local stations in both the UK and Ireland.

Following the release Joe signed with the prestigious Faber Music Publishing.

Winter Mountain have toured the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland opening for some of the worlds most talented artists including Richard Thomson, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Rosanne Cash, Leann Rhimes, Patty Griffin, legendary songwriter Benny Gallagher, Paolo Nutini, Fleet Foxes and many others, and have graced the stage at some of those countries most distinguished venues inc The Ulster Hall (Belfast), Union Chapel (London), The Belfast Waterfront, Vicar Street (Dublin) and headline sets to sell-out crowds at the likes of the infamous Camden Barfly and Dublins Whelans Bar. While opening for some of Cara Dillons’ bigger shows they outsold her on the merchandise stand and, unbelievably, whilst opening for Sara Watkins (Nickle Creek, The Decemberists) they won over audiences so much that they were often invited back for an encore, before the main act had even taken to the stage!

In festival season Winter Mountain are amongst the acts that draw some of the biggest crowds to their stage. Recently, following a 2015 performance at ‘Larmer Tree Festival’ Winter Mountain was named the festival highlight by critic and reviewer Alan Ewart at www.soundofsummer.org, who said “I always say that at every festival I attend I find at least one artist whose music blows me away…Last week at the Larmer Tree it was the music of Winter Mountain. Joe is an excellent songwriter…”

Recent times have seen Winter Mountain contributing vocals to Seth Lakemans most recent album ‘Word of mouth’ and Cara Dillons ‘Thousand Hearts’ album.

New music from Winter Mountain is expected to be released in Autumn 2015 on ‘Charcoal Records’. The video below is of Winter Mountain performing a Straw Bale Studio session in July 2015.

The videos below showcase new material with “Sunshine, good roads” (July 2015) and the official video for “Shed a little light” (2013) which has been viewed over 27,000 times.

Thomas Ford

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Thomas Ford

“a one man blues cyclone –  a 6 foot 4, Delta guitar picking, blues shouting giant and fire-breathing harmonica colossus. Astonishing audiences with his box fresh, self-penned solid gold blues renditions, his copious recorded works have graced the airwaves from Luton to Laos, his travels have taken him from Birmingham to Bucharest. That’s why he is hailed THE ‘rising star of British blues’ and it’s very, very easy to hear why” (John Drummond)

 

Jo Langdon

Jo is an acoustic singer songwriter from Exeter but now lives on the north Cornish coast.

The beach lifestyle has influenced her writing style, especially on her first EP ‘The Rhythm

Within’. These original songs feel natural, organic and refreshingly real.

Her first single ‘Fairytale’ has an easy rhythm with a soulful, calming and occasionally

haunting voice. With her recently released second EP ‘For The Record’, the lyrical content

deals with big topics with a simple and honest tone.

Her set combines originals from the two EP’s and eclectic collection of covers performed

with a unique twist.

 

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