‘Our Folk’ – Rosie Hood

‘Our Folk’ is an extra bit of insight into the lives of the artists set to play Rochdale Folk Festival.

Rosie Hood – Photo Credit Elly Lucas

We asked Rosie to answer a few questions for us:

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve been performing professionally since about 2011 after taking part in the New Roots young musician competition (which I’ll be judging later this year!) and winning the Shrewsbury Folk Festival open mic, but I’ve been singing folk songs since I was a child – I grew up surrounded by traditional music and went to Sidmouth Folk Week for the first time when I was 7.

When I’m not performing I work with Live Music Now – a fantastic charity who provide interactive music sessions for people who rarely have the opportunity to experience live music. I’m currently nearing the end of a really fulfilling year-long residency at a school in Hull delivering music workshops with children with special educational needs.


What have you learned during lock down? 

I’ve learnt so much in the past couple of months! I’ve had to up-skill quickly learning how to record music at home, use music and video editing software, deliver music workshops over Zoom as well as performing online. I’ve also enjoyed growing vegetables from seeds which I’ve never done before, learning to cook bagels and remembering how to ride a bike – I’ve not had one for about 10 years!

What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?

I’m really looking forward to getting back to performing live and being able to deliver Live Music Now work in real life again! 

Rosie performs with her trio at Rochdale Folk Festival on Friday 19th March, 7.30pm at Touchstones Rochdale.
Tickets £14 plus booking fee, available here.

Learn to play from a professional folk musician

Did you know that some of the most amazing folk musicians in the world also offer private virtual one-to-one tuition?

Sam Sweeney

English Folk Expo have collated a list of the very best teachers and performers who offer private online lessons including; Rowan Rheingans, Dan Walsh and Sam Sweeney.

From Banjo to Bouzouki, Fiddle to Flute, Mandolin to Melodeon, there’s something for everyone!

For more details and to see the full list available, head over to the English Folk Expo page by clicking here.

Watch the best ‘at home’ folk performances!

Over the past few months some of our favourite musicians have been keeping their spirits (and ours) up with live concerts from their locked down lives.

English Folk Expo have collated the very best of these performances over on their Lockdown Live page – click here to access.

Daoirí Farrell

If you enjoy these performances we urge you to like, follow and subscribe to the musician’s social media channels, mailing lists and streaming platforms and, if you are able to, we would encourage you to find ways to support your favourite musicians during lock-down by buying CDs and merchandise via their websites or contributing to any crowdfunder schemes or tip jars they may have.

First artists announced for Rochdale Folk Fest

The first artists announced to play our first ever Rochdale Folk Festival include: Rosie Hood Trio, The Furrow Collective and Jones & Jones – The Story & The Song. Find out a bit more about these artists below:

First up on Friday 19th March at 7.30pm we bring you the Rosie Hood Trio.

Left to right, Lucy Huzzard, Rosie Hood, Nicola Beazley

A folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood is known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances as well as being a member of The Dovetail Trio. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Immersed in traditional music most of her life, 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.June 2017 saw Rosie Hood release her first full-length solo album The Beautiful & The Actual, a collection of old and new folk songs, described by The Guardian as “poetic class” ****.

For this concert she will be performing alongside Lucy Huzzard on the melodeon and Nicola Beazley on fiddle. Tickets available here.

Saturday 20th March at 7.30pm sees The Furrow Collective entertain us in the beautiful St Mary’s in the Baum.

The Furrow Collective

The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice).

The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration.

In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (also on Hudson Records).

The group’s most recent album ‘Fathoms’ was produced in Powys and Oxfordshire by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell and sees the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into traditional songs.

The twelve recordings of which Fathoms is comprised capture typically innovative arrangements and set the four distinctive voices in a magical, captivating sound-world.

As with their previous collections, the impression is by turns ancient, evoking the lines back to the earliest source, and then altogether unknown; fresh as tomorrow morning.

The Furrow Collective tours extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song. Tickets available here.

On Sunday 21st March at 2pm Bill Jones and Gareth Davies-Jones treat us to Jones & Jones – The Story & The Song.

Bill Jones & Gareth Davies-Jones

An afternoon of traditional and original songs each with their own unique story.

Award-winning songwriter-musicians Bill Jones and Gareth Davies-Jones perform original and traditional songs each with their own unique story. Bringing a range of instruments, wit and wisdom the pair combine over 30 years of touring experience to guide you through an eclectic mix of musical tales, old and new. Be entertained by tales of daring and disaster, songs of love and laughter, and ballads full of ghostly characters and murderous intrigue.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Bill (Belinda) Jones (accordion, piano) is renowned for her beautiful voice and memorable, catchy songs. Based in Sunderland but with roots in Staffordshire and India, Bill spent the early 2000s touring across the UK, USA and Japan, and released three acclaimed albums. Fifteen years after taking a short break, Bill returned to the folk scene last year, with the release of her fourth album Wonderful Fairytale.

Sony Radio Award winning singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones has been described as one of the UK’s best kept musical secrets. A musician in the troubadour tradition with over 10 albums to his name including numerous collaborations and residencies, Gareth has graced stages and venues across the UK and Ireland with his rich soulful vocals, keen sense of melody and accomplished guitar playing. Tickets available here.

New Dates Announced for Rochdale Folk Fest

It will come as no surprise, but it is with sadness that we announce that our first Rochdale Folk Festival is no longer able to take place in June 2020. The good news is that we have we have rescheduled the festival to 19th – 21st March 2021.

We’ll bring you the very best of local and regional folk music and dance as well as family activities. We’ll showcase and celebrate our vibrant local heritage. It’ll be a great big party, and we’ll all be ready for one by then!

Confirmed acts so far include ticketed concerts from The Furrow Collective, Rosie Hood Trio and Jones & Jones and there will be free performances from Goat Roper Rodeo, The Scattering and Simon James.

Rosie Hood Trio, Jones & Jones, The Furrow Collective

We’re extremely grateful to our partners and host venues for enabling this to happen and for working with us to reschedule the dates so quickly.

Thanks to: Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale BID, Arts Council England, GMCA, The Medicine Tap, The Flying Horse, Touchstones Rochdale and St Marys of The Baum.

This year is exceptionally difficult for everyone including artists, venue staff and countless freelance professionals who make shows happen. We are working to support the industry at this time and have information on what you can also do to help, including some great live ‘at home’ performances from folk artists here: https://www.englishfolkexpo.com/lockdown-live/

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