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Rosalie Deighton

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Anyone who has heard Rosalie Deighton’s potent voice and compelling songs will know that music is her life. In fact, there was music in her world even before she was born. ‘’My mother always told me that she played Emmylou Harris records to me when I was still in the womb,’’ Rosalie says. ‘’Something must have got through because she’s one of my favourite artists to this day.’‘

Born in Holland to an Indonesian mother and a British father, the family moved to Barnsley, Yorkshire when Rosalie was eight. By then she was already a seasoned performer. Her parents were musicians and a popular attraction at folk festivals playing an eclectic repertoire of bluegrass, country and folk as the Deighton Family. By her fourth birthday, Rosalie was playing spoons with the family band (which also included four other siblings) and soon graduated to mandolin.

The Deighton Family toured all over the world and made five albums for the Green Linnet and Rounder labels. In time, they were performing some of the songs Rosalie had begun to write. But it was her parents band and she determined early that in order to forge her own musical identity, she would go solo. ‘’At the age of 13 I knew I had to do it on my own. It was just a matter of time,” she says. By her mid-teens, she was blossoming so rapidly as a songwriter and a performer that it was obvious the family band would not be able to hold her much longer.

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  • headeynyp

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  • NeilW3

    She has a voice of an angel, to prove it her words. "I would rather be lonely than alone. Love you girl. Neil 'H'

    2 Jan 2012 Reply
  • puppyhand

    I remember buying 'Truth Drug' on a whim, having never heard of Rosalie & just seeing the album for the first time in a shop. Great decision. Still playing it eight years later.

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
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