Roholio are a dynamic folk duo, inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash & Seth Lakeman. Based in Barnstaple, their sound has been described as, “plaintive, shimmering, gentle folk” [Jamie Harper] and they have recently released their fourth album, 'Evergreen'.
Roholio consists of singer/songwriter Roseanna Ball on vocals, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin and banjo and Mike Lake on double bass, vocals and guitar.
Rose has been performing as a folk singer/songwriter since 2007, and has shared the bill with many artists including Raurri Joseph, Jenna Witts, Woodford Green, Brendon Taylor, Tim Pointer and the up-and-coming rapper Naw.
She released 'Coco's Jar' in 2007 with the group The Roholio Project - a folk duo with Tim Pointer. Rose then followed this up 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 Gang of Thieves guitarist 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 Tom Ellwood (former Gang of thieves bassist) and they proudly launched their fourth album, Evergreen, this summer in an intimate gig at st. Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple. Roholio then evolved again to become a folk duo and Mike and Rose have since toured radio stations and local festivals to promote their new sound that they hope to share with you soon!