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