Who are we?
Roholio are a dynamic folk duo, inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash, Tori Amos, Angie Hart and Seth Lakeman. Based in North Devon, Roholio's captivating lyrical melodies are complemented by a natural honesty to their sound, which has been described as “plaintive, shimmering, gentle folk” [Jamie Harper] and "amazing...musical wizardry" [Roy Grimes, The Voice FM].
Roholio consists of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 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 supported and worked with many artists including Ethan Johns, Raurri Joseph, Jenna Witts, Naw and Woodford Green.
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 many 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) for their forth album Evergreen. Mike Lake joined for the album's launch in Summer 2013 at an intimate gig at St. Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple. Roholio then evolved again to become a folk duo. Rose and Mike have since toured radio stations, venues and festivals to promote their new sound that they will share with you soon!