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Rosie Doonan


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The truth is, very few new artists deliver a debut album which knocks you for six. Mostly, they’re happy to find an audience, grab their ticket to the rock’n’rollercoaster and hope no one asks too many questions about their stage school past.

Rosie Doonan is different. In conversation she readily admits to gaining inspiration from influences as disparate as the Beta Band to Laura Veirs to Free, but musically she reflects such divergences with tunes of such celestial grace you’re left thinking they must be covers. “I grew up listening to The Stones, Joni Mitchell and Free,” she explains. “But my roots are in the folk scene, so that’s in there too. But I’d like to think I’ve added something extra. It’s a very personal record, and I mean every word of it.”

But there’s more to Rosie than songs blessed with such warmth they’ll halve your winter heating bills. She wants your mind, too. Listen a little closer to Moving On and you’ll hear desolate astral-folk (“Hold On”) pithy social commentary (“Little Boat”) and tales of love-gone-bad to make Amy W sound like a Blue Peter presenter. “It’s fair to say I’ve been through some emotional upheavals in the last couple of years,” she laughs. “A few people have said ‘it sounds like you’ve been through the mill’, but that’s where the best must comes from. It’s a form of catharsis.” Rewind.

Growing up in Wakefield, Rosie found herself “surrounded by music”.

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