Originally formed from members of The Bootleggers Band who played for the Scunthorpe based Appalachian Dance display team, “The Bootleggers”. Rosianna was formed in 1992 after being inspired by our good friends The Stubblejumpers. The current Bootleggers band, “The Lootbeggers” is a different lineup but does have some members in common with the old band and Rosianna.
The band name is a mix up of the christian names of the daughters of two other founding members, Julia Pollock and Michele Roulson, they being, Rosie Pollock and Hannah Roulson. So, “Rosie-Hannah”, became, “Rosianna”.
The line-up has changed over the years, but we still have original founding band members Gerry Fillingham, Eamon Greene and Chris Marshall.
The current line-up of six members consists of Eamon Greene, caller and whistle / Alvina Greig, keyboard / Gerry Fillingham, banjo / Kate Marshall, tenor sax or flute / Chris Marshall, six or twelve-string guitars / Carl Hoeft, bass guitar.
Caller extraordinaire, Eamon is our usual caller, being a previous winner of the Whitby Folk Festival Ceilidh Calling Competition. Eamon also plays Flageolet and Bodhran but not at the same time. If Eamon is not available, then Tony Gratwick is the most likely person to help out. Tony, also a former member of, “The Bootleggers”, as both band member and dancer was our regular caller until work commitments meant he had to stand down and so Eamon took over. If necessary we will use other callers from around Northern Lincolnshire. Eamon was also a band member and dancer with, “The Bootleggers”.
Over the years we have played at prestigious local venues such as the Bishops Palace in Lincoln, Gainsborough Old Hall, and Cave Castle as well as many Scunthorpe venues such as Normanby Hall, Redbourn Club, Brumby Hall, St Hugh’s Church Hall plus many local village halls.
We have also played at Doncaster Folk Festival and Gainsborough Folk Festival as well as doing fundraisers for Lindsey Lodge and Children in Need and, “The G.B.Swans” the Great Britain Ladies Aussie Rules Football Team. We have played at many Birthday Celebrations, Weddings and Anniversaries over the years.
Our musical style is upbeat, bouncy, and highly danceable, based on music from all over the British Isles, as well as Newfoundland, and the USA. Also some Classical music, as well as classic rock tunes and a couple of self-penned tunes too.
Find more out on their official website at freewebs.com/rosiannacb.