Rosie Davis began her involvement with Bluegrass and Old Timey music as a child listening to her older brothers, Rod & Bernie Davis playing skiffle in the mid fifties. Rod was a member of John Lennon’s Quarrymen and Rosie remembers their frequent practices at her parents’ house in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. After the demise of skiffle, her brothers moved on to folk music, especially the picking and singing of the Carter Family. Her father Jim played the fiddle and Rosie soon became involved with the music.
Having studied ballet and tap dancing from an early age, when the folk scene took off in Liverpool she easily picked up Lancashire clog dancing.
Some years later, living in London, she began singing and playing bass with the Tex-Mex band, the Armadillos, which included Tony Engle, Peta Webb, Alan Ward, Rick Townend and her brother Rod. Around this time she became interested in Appalachian clogging and her electrifying performances soon became a popular feature of the Armadillos’ sets.
Rosie also sang with Peta Webb, Janet Russell and Sandra Kerr in as “Sisters Unlimited” who performed to great acclaim on the UK folk and festival circuit.
Subsequently Alan Ward, Rick Townend, Rosie and Rod Davis formed a bluegrass band called “The Bluegrass Ramblers”, reviving the name of a band for whom Alan and Rod had both played in the 1960’s in Liverpool. Rosie sang and played electric bass and started writing her own material, many of her numbers were included in the Ramblers’ repertoire.
She now plays in several different groups including “Davis, Locker & Winquist” with banjo and guitar picker Joe Locker and fiddler Bob Winquist, with the “Old Faded Glory” stringband and with all-girl “Jigjaw”, with Janet Russell, Kerry Fletcher and Frances Watt - singing for dancing and dancing for singing!