Rick Townend & Rosie Davis
Multi talented exponents of blue grass and old time music and song.
Rosie and Rick have appeared on TV and radio; organised
events and led workshops at major festivals in instrument technique, voice and dance.
"Old-time music by two of the UK's finest exponents; the material
ranges from the traditional to some excellent originals."
-Jim Marshall-Chairman, British-
Country Music Association-
"Rosie is a loose limbed bundle of fun"
"Outstanding instrumental skills"
-Bluegrass Unlimited review of
Fracas on the Frets" CD-
Rick Townend is one of Britain's leading multi-instrumentalists,
his understanding of the Bluegrass and Old time style of music runs through
his very being, he started playing guitar and banjo in 1963 and has been
at the forefront of the British scene ever since. Rick has performed at
Folk Festival, The Royal Albert Hall (London) and on German TV Musikladen.
He has toured with Bill Clifton, Red Rector, Art Stamper, Jim Eanes, and
Rose Maddox as part of their bands and of course founded and played with
the fantastic Echo Mountain Band as well as the bands above. Personal
styles are hard to pin down but his approach to the traditional music he
plays is open and welcoming, and the music sessions he runs are usually
fun to be at. He takes an active role in promoting traditional music and
South East England area representative of the British Bluegrass Music Association
- in 2003 he was honoured by being included in the Association's 'British
Bluegrass Hall of Fame'.
Rosie Davis was born in Woolton near Liverpool,
and has been singing and
dancing from the age of three. She became interested in folk music in
teens and developed an interest in Bluegrass Music by playing and singing
home with her two older brothers. Since then she has been part of several
celebrated Bluegrass bands with Rick - The Armadilloes, The Bluegrass
Ramblers, Townends Special Bluegrass Service, The Doctor Doctor String
Band and Bluegrass Experience. In 1995 she was voted vocalist of the
year by the members of the British Bluegrass Music Association. Rosie
is a sparkling Appalachian Clogger, great songwriter, exciting performer
and sought after workshop leader. She plays autoharp and bass.
Rosie works as a community artist and musician within the field of arts
and disability and has performed with Sisters Unlimited at many high
profile festivals including Sidmouth , the Raise your Banners political
song festival and Folk at the Purcell Rooms.
Discography : Together :
Bluegrass Reel-Bluegrass Ramblers
Play Love's Tune-Duo
Make the Old Times New-Duo
Fracas on the Frets-TSB's
The Lily and the Rose-with Lilly Drumeva
Old Familiar favourites-Duo
Singers & Musicians Night
If you've got a new song and want to try it out on an appreciative audience, then tonight’s the night.
Neil & Martina
Husband and wife team Neil McRitchie (Mr. Melodeon from Hobgoblin music)
and Martina Preece. Mainly traditional tunes and songs.
Singers & Musicians Night
A showcase of local and visiting talent including singers, musicians and poets.
Pre Festival Singers & Musicians Night
Why not try out those new
songs you've learnt for the festival singarounds. All singers and musicians are always welcome. We will give you all the time