Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire. Having started learning traditional songs at an early age from her family, Rosie is now well known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. 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.
She was a finalist in the 2011 New Roots competition for young musicians, and won both the Open Mic Competition at the 2011 Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the 2012 Fred Jordan Memorial Award (for Traditional singing). Rosie released a solo EP in 2011 that was very well received. She has since performed at many of the country's leading folk festivals and folk clubs, both as a headline booking and supporting a number of established folk artists, including the Cecil Sharp Project and Nic Jones.
Rosie can currently be seen performing lead vocals in The Dovetail Trio, an exciting new traditional English band also featuring BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.
At the end of 2014 it was announced that Rosie had been awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship to work with the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Under the scheme, EFDSS worked with Rosie during 2015 to develop her artistic skills and professional opportunities, offering her guidance in a number of areas.
"My BBC Fellowship year with the English Folk Dance and Song Society has been filled with opportunities that without the Fellowship would not have been possible. I have attended industry events (AFO, Folk Alliance) that have not only helped me to further understand the business side of music, but also introduced me to new contacts, brought my music to new audiences and even resulted in a transatlantic collaboration with New York-based singer/guitarist Jefferson Hamer.
I’ve spent the past year improving my writing skills, with invaluable mentoring from Emily Portman, and have begun performing my self-penned songs for the first time; a huge step forward for me. This has been alongside continuing to arrange traditional material, particularly helped by the resources available through EFDSS and the Vaughan Williams Library.
Most importantly this year has given me the time and space to concentrate on my music; to explore who I am as both a performer and teacher of folk music, develop new material and improve my vocal and instrumental skills, all with the support of EFDSS."