Today I went for a walk and I saw a squirrel, something I might've ordinarily missed, but today I was out walking with contacts on and it caught my eye. It hurried up the tree only to stop in the fork and stare at me. For a second there we shared a moment :D
I'm really enjoying having more time to get inspired and write and try new things; I've had so many wonderful experiences lately as a result! I definitely feel like I'm having a bit of a break through in my personal life... I've been trying contact lenses again (this time with far more success) and actually did my first gig with them in on Friday at The Black Cock Inn. It was surreal!
Rewind though because I thought I'd share some tales about our show at The Plough Arts Centre, April 12th. We had a fantastic turn out and it was incredible to walk out again on that stage and to have a full auditorium staring back at me. The evening began with some ridiculously tasty scampi and chips for me and a curry for Ian in the dressing room, straight after soundcheck at 6:15pm. After sharing the feast with Ben (faithful subject) and polishing off every last morsel it occurred to me I hadn't used the cutlery once. Which is weird. Clearly I was too excited... I went next door and got dressed into my new swishy pink dress (that I had been dying to try out I might add) and of course some sparkly heels (too damn high to walk further than 10 metres in I can assure you, sticky stage wear) and none of the boys commented. This PC world we live in haha they are damned if they do damned if they don't but sometimes you just wanna hear you look good.
Fast forward an hour and there's a nervous excitement backstage as we hear the auditorium fill. I am absolutely bouncing up and down, raring to go and then... we are introduced and out I go! Into the bright light *don't trip, mind the guitar, there's the seat, sit down ahhh* The moment I sit down I'm settled in for the night haha and the hilarities from Ian begin. Now I will confide in you lovely people, yes we were making notes on the songs but no there was no script that was pure banter and Ian really is that hilarious to be around. It just comes out of him and that bone solo! I mean he was already impressive and then he got up and started dancing around, completely unrehearsed. Fantastic. The evening was alive with magic and I especially liked our rhythm-off (like a dance off but with instruments) on Ghost Riders. When I ended with 'Hurt' I didn't want to stop. It is a painful song and brings up a lot of demons and I am quite reluctant to channel the buggers normally but I have to say I got to that final chorus and I could've gone on and on. Since that night I have had so many wonderful comments and such lovely feedback. Richard Wolfenden-Brown gave us a wonderful quote which allowed Ben to Kindly update the Johnny Cash Tribute section of the website so it has just been the most wonderful April! So here are my shoutouts, Thank you Di & Tim, Mike & Barbara, Richard, Ruth & Chris, Fiona & Mike, Sheila, Stef, Rich, Lizzie, Frances, Rachel, Louise & Liz, Colin, Matt & Angie, Uncle Ben and to Marcus for doing such a superb job on the sound.
Gigs and opportunities seem to be pouring in at the moment and I'm so grateful. I'm doing my best to keep you all updated - mailing list button coming soon! - but until then facebook and my newly established instagram are the best ways to keep round-the-clock up-to-date with what I'm up to.
As always thank you for your tremendous support everyone and I shall see you all again soon!
Yes! I have turned 30! How amazing is that? Now I'm pretty sure the majority of people lately have thought me to be bizarre on account of wanting to celebrate the fact
I am ten decades old... there is currently a helium balloon floating above my monitor... Some have wanted to make me feel as ancient as the granite on the moors but honestly I really don't feel like that. It feels like number that has no bearing on who I am or where I am in life. I don't feel particularly connected to it and it hasn't changed me and on a more personal level I am completely shocked and grateful that I have gotten this far in life. You need only listen to a few tracks of mine to hear that there have been dark times - I was recently completely taken back by the fact that of all the tracks I kept sending BBC Introducing they played one that was largely about suicide...maybe they didn't know it was ;) But hey this is the time, this is the place for dusting off. I've been listening to a lot of the lyrics floating about the airwaves these days and it definitely seems to be a time of acceptance; of anxieties, imperfections if only we could accept time? No not my album :D (inside joke). I know I'm coming across as a pretentious arse but I think I make a good point there and it is time we all accepted time and change - although nothing will stop me moisturising religiously, I do not have to accept the ravages of time through a lack of self care :D he he So that's my deep and heavy thoughts on turning 30 man, now onto the good stuff...
I've been busy! I'm really focusing in on music at long LONG last. I've had a string of strike-outs job-wise and a few health wobbles as a result but now what with embracing who I am and change and what not I have realised the universe has been trying to beat me into submission and get me on the right path. Point taken universe, please retract club... so as you may have seen more buttons are appearing in the menu and more strings are appearing on the bow so to speak and I have to say I am loving life! I have lots of gigs coming up, so many so my own impending wedding seems to of taken a back seat with plans! It's great though and I'm feeling more inspired than ever and this wonderful February sun is certainly helping sustain the optimism.
The biggest date for the calendar at the moment is the Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute evening at The Plough Arts Centre of April 12th 2019 as I am literally pouring everything I've got into getting that set sparkling. I've tallied it up and so far there are 6 brand new tracks on the set, compared with last years in October. I feel like we're developing a good range of the Cash/Carter repertoire and I'm determined to make it an unforgettable evening. Johnny & June have meant so much to me and their music truly does live on and I can't wait to share with you all what we've been working on. Click here for tickets: Johnny Cash Tribute Tickets
So there you have it, I shall waffle no further as I watched Monty Python & The Holy Grail last night so I am in full waffle mode...it's dangerous.
Take care and thank you, as always, for your continued love and support - and for listening on Spotify because it keeps this website up and running!
Love to you all,
Where to start!
As you might've guessed I've been super busy over the summer and now into autumn and I finally have a spare moment to share with you what's been going on - although I'm sure you know already!
Let's start with Johnny Cash - always a nice way to start a sentence - so I've been working with Ian Holleran on a Johnny Cash & June Carter tribute act after a lightening bolt moment last Christmas of, "we both like Johnny Cash...we've both always wanted to do a tribute to him...hang on a minute!" So since the beginning of the year we've been rehearsing and now have several awesome gigs under our belt. We had a fantastic time at The Plough Arts Centre and were chuffed to bits to sell out the gallery. It was a great night with a lovely vibe and we particularly enjoyed singing 'Daddy Sang Bass' with audience participation! We're happy to announce we will return to the Plough next year on the 12th of April- this time in the main auditorium WOOP! - and tickets are available now from https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/evening-johnny-cash-june-carter-roseanna-ball-ian-holleran-0
We've got a few dates between now and then where we'll be testing new material and just generally having a darn good time so keep checking our facebook page for the most up to date info :)
So aside from that what have I been up to? Finishing my brand new album of course! And I honestly could not have done it without Leigh at The Ariel Studios, Ilfracombe. It was a bit of a push to get it ready by the launch (as I neglected to mention I was off on tour about 3 weeks before the deadline) but in the end it all worked out perfectly and I have an album I am truly proud of. There are so many lovely things to say about it - vain ain't I? - so I'll try and paraphrase but I have some lovely men featured on the album including my good friend Mike Lake singing a song my father wrote (and I finished) called 'Who I am'. For years I have wanted to record that song and get it out there so that the whole world can hear something of my Dad and I feel completely humbled by the experience of hearing Mike sing it (and then Ian at the launch). It seems to be growing in popularity which I just know Dad would love so thank you for all the lovely comments about it, may Mr Danny Ball never be forgotten ;) As you may of guessed the percussive talents of Ian Holleran are also on this album, listen closely to the galloping rhythm of 'Here' in wonder - as I did! Ian is one of the most modest musicians I know and truly incredible so it was an honour to have him on 'Dust Off.' Last but not least I should mention the clapping talents of my fiancé Ben on 'Button' - we finally got you on an album Ben! Haha
Finally I should mention my autumnal tour in the North of the UK which took me to Liverpool, Edinburgh and Northumberland the latter of which I'd never seen before. It was a beautiful tour that admittedly did kick off which a mandatory trip to Alton Towers... [The Wickerman is awesome, Nemesis my old friend you are still brilliant]... I had some lovely audiences, some hilarious introductions - shout out to Leith Folk Club - and really did experience some wonderful hospitality: I have so much love for Cheviot Folk Club. The tour taught me a lot about myself and where I am in my life which I have to admit I didn't expect. I've come away from it buzzing and more confident than ever in what I do. A lecturer in college once said when they looked at me they could see that music was my life, music was everything, and I think that's something I have at times pushed aside but it's sprung back and it guiding my into the future and I have to say, life is so much easier when you focus on what you enjoy!
I finished the tour officially with the launch of Dust Off, which I realise is like doing a tour backwards but go with it... Thank you to everyone who came to St. Anne's Chapel as it really felt like we shared a truly special moment. I can honestly say it was the greatest launch I have ever had for an album and the love in the room was immense. I met a man at the end of the night who said the evening had been hugely positive and I'd managed to keep that going throughout the set. What a compliment! I was aiming for that so that's great to hear. I wanted us all to walk away from that chapel and feel uplifted and you all helped make that possible.
So there you have it, sorry I waffled on for so long but it's been a while. Hopefully I won't leave it so long next time! Thank you all again, I am always amazed when I step out on a stage and see so many familiar faces. Your continued support is incredible and I will keep making music for you!