Troubadour Rose formed on a cold November morning in 2009 at a dusty violin workshop in Stoke Newington. The fortuitous meeting comprises Gary Bridgewood, violinist and workshop proprietor, multi-instrumentalist Lizzy O’Connor who was working as a part time cleaner, and wandering, out of work songstress Bryony Afferson, in search of a few band mates.
The Troubadour Rose sound quickly became a fusion of their individual histories:
Barnsley-born Bryony came to London in 2001. She began writing years earlier, growing up on Fleetwood Mac, Nanci Griffith and PJ Harvey records. These influences are clear in her stunning vocal delivery and exquisite song writing, bringing to mind a young Stevie Nicks.
Lizzy O’Connor hailed from the North East steeped in Traditional Irish music having travelled the world with raucous ceilidh bands. She wields her unique style - delicate harmonies, banjo and mandolin hooks – to stunning effect in Troubadour Rose.
Gary, a talented violinist who has toured globally with subversive pop/jazz band The Real Tuesday Weld and Klezmer outfit Beskydy, brings a kaleidoscopic and often unhinged element to the group, developing its wild and unpredictable edge.
The result? A strange and thrilling mix; Smokey mountain harmonies, Irish Sessions and bold sumptuous melodies that leave you all set for the unraveling and longing for more.
“Troubadour Rose is your next burgeoning folk crush. Think Noah and the Whale without the occasional cringe-worthy angst, or Light speed Champion with Joni Mitchell on lead vocals, but with a heart so deeply rooted in traditional English folk they'd probably slap us silly for both of those comparisons. Check out Labour of Love on their MySpace and try not to swoon into a coma.”
Folk Radio UK
"Sometimes when you come across a newly discovered band, you get a feeling in your gut that you've found something special. I get this feeling about this bunch."
“Love the songs, great band, good luck!”
Pete Wilkinson – Manager/Producer – Amy Macdonald
“Troubadour Rose are one of the most promising bands to come out of England in the last few years. Their talent as great musicians and their knack for writing a hook makes them a definite band to watch. They supported Amy on her last tour, and were received fantastically well, good luck guys.”
Gaz Cobain/Brian Dougans - Producers – Noel Gallagher
“Bryony and Lizzy have added a new dimension of vocals to our latest production. Completely enchanting and wonderful.”
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