Singer Rosemary Lippard grew up in the small town of Aberdare in South Wales. Since the age of 2 when she acquired the ability to talk and to sing pretty much at the same time (or as well as she can remember), she has never really been able to go a few moments without making some sound or other.
She has been an avid folk fan since the age of 13 (when she was introduced to what she describes as “the marvel that is Joan Baez”), and is greatly inspired by all generations of women of folk from June Tabor, Shirley Collins and Anne Briggs to Lucy Ward, Jackie Oates and Fay Hield.
Currently residing in South East London, when she’s not singing she talks, pulls faces and pretends to be other people for attention (and hopefully one day for a living) as an actor.
Rose gave a dazzling performance (accompanied by Tim Graham) supporting Ewan McLennan at The Ivy House , despite having been ill in bed all week, and since then has supported Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick at their Ivy House gig in 2013.
We were delighted when Rosemary well-deservedly (is that a word?) won the 2012 Islington Folk Club TradToMad competition for the best singer of a traditional song. If you missed her at her “proper” Goose gigs, you will often find her at our Singarounds on the second Sunday of the month at The Old Nun’s Head, or sometimes doing a floor spot at our club nights at the same venue!
“I could almost swear I was hearing a young Eliza Carthy” – Fatea
“Rosemary’s beautiful and pure voice” – Bright Young Folk