Rosaleen and the Balladeers

Rosaleen is an Athabasca-based traditional singer, originally from England, with assorted British/Celtic ancestry. She recently made two CDs of British ballads, Sheath and Knife and Serpent’s Knee, with Calgary musicians John Leeder and Derek Lofthouse accompanying on banjo, mandolin, flute, pipes and hurdy-gurdy. Both CDs are for sale at the Festival.

Ballads tell stories: humorous, heart-breaking, romantic, powerful. From the CDs we have chosen this time to share story-songs of lost love, seduction, forced separation, elopement, and revenge, mingling Rosaleen’s vocals with the varied strains of John’s banjo and mandolin and the clarinet played by Rosaleen’s partner, Dave.