Roseanna Ball is a solo singer songwriter, inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash, Tori Amos and Seth Lakeman.
Rose's captivating lyrical melodies are complemented by a natural honesty to her sound, which has been described as:
“There's a country vibe that runs through the album, and there is something of Tracy Chapman about the superb opener 'Try', which is underpinned, as are many of the tracks, by Ian Holleran's percussion. The insistent, low-level thrum is like the album's heartbeat, which works well with Ball's masterful guitar playing and effortless voice.”
- Jonathan Roscoe, Shire Folk
“Rose is an exciting new talent. A fabulous singer, instrumentalist and writer. I saw her transfix an audience recently. Fantastic!!”
- Boo Hewerdine, boohewerdine.net
“Roseanna has a charming quality that we rarely see these days. She effortlessly draws the audience into her world”
- Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
"Roseanna’s voice breathes an elusive and subtle vibrancy into the lyrics that beguiles you to listen."
- Charlie Elland, folkwords.com
"The stylistic versatility in Roseanna's writing mirrors her musical prowess"
- David Kidman, fatea-records.co.uk
"Roseanna’s effortless vocals and the overlaying of different harmonies are a defining characteristic of her music and coupled with her mastery of guitar, mandolin and banjo"
- Emma Hayward, Pure M Magazine
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, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.
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' was 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 in 2014 at The Queen's Theatre.
Departing from the name Roholio, Roseanna released her sixth album, 'Time' using crowd funding to record at The Convent, Stroud in 2015. Time was released the following year via Haven Records featured as number seven on the Telegraph's top 50 Folk Albums of 2016. Roseanna then released her long awaited seventh album, 'Dust Off' to critical acclaim and more recently has written, recorded and released an entirely homegrown album, whilst in lockdown, 'Witnessing.'
Roseanna continues to write, teach and perform both original music and covers, and is also known for working with notable percussionist Ian Holleran as 'Johnny & June,' a Johnny Cash and June Carter 'tribute with a twist.'