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Ros sings, composes songs and writes in a quiet, forested valley near her home on Dartmoor. Her music has regularly featured in prestigious venues such as at the New Networks for Nature conference and The Great Hall Dartington, Devon. Right now she is in the early stages of planning a music tour as well as gathering material for a third book – a prose work in which she draws together her fascination and love of nature with local history and her strong sense of place.  It is set in the valley of Beadon and the Teign Valley where she walks every day.
Ros began writing songs in 2001 with older farmers, orchard growers and those who worked on the land in South Devon where she lives, who bring with them memories of a quieter earth and simpler way of being.

HER PRACTICE

She records interviews with folk and, through a series of drafts in which she consults them, a final lyric is achieved. Ros tries to include as many of their own words as possible in the lyric; she encourages folk to get to the emotional memory of their experiences, believing this is where the emotion of the song lies and that it is possible to transmit this to an audience or listener.  She then composes and arranges a tune to fit the lyric.

A strong sense of place and nature runs through her work. 
She toured these songs extensively with Barron Brady for ten years.  Many were co-written with Si Barron, others they gathered from the English Folk Tradition, from very early recordings of singers such as Joseph Taylor and Phil Tanner.

HER MUSIC

Ros now co-writes with people working with nature in a different way; with BBC wildlife filmmaker John Aitchison (Planet Earth), with others working on the cutting edge of environmentalism and conservation, such as Jonathon Porrit, Chair of the Green Party, Director of Forum for the Future; with Tim Birkhead, zoologist, author and broadcaster and Mary Colwell wildlife campaigner, author of several books including ‘Curlew Moon’ which describes her 500 mile walk to highlight the plight of the curlew and for whom Ros composed a song, St Bueno and the Curlew. The song Law of Return was written through interviews with Patrick Holden former director of the Soil Association and founder of The Sustainable Food Trust. Some of these songs are captured on her debut album ‘Prequel’. Howard ‘Head’ Bullivant (PJ Harvey, White Stripes, Yoko Ono) got behind the project and offered to produce the album.  Another disc is planned showcasing her most recent material.


HER PUBLICATION

She has written essays on how her work is inspired by nature. Green Books published her essay ‘Into the Woods’ in 2007 in an anthology which features writers such as Hunter Davies, Brian Patten and Richard Mabey.

‘Next To Me A Robin’ her first book of prose and poetry was written in the woods and along the river bank on Dartington Hall Estate.  It was launched in The Great Hall during Ways With Words Literature Festival in 2014. Her writings are illustrated with fine line drawings and water colours by Si Barron.


Ros continues to compose songs and poetry outdoors and a second book of poetry will be out next year.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









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