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Rosie Hardman

b. Cecilia Rosemary Hardman, 26 Feb 1945, Manchester, Britain. Hardman began composing songs at age 13 and produced her initial folk membership appearance in 1965, on the Manchester Sports activities Guild. She set up herself as citizen vocalist, and organizer of several folk night clubs over another 3 years. Her 1968 debut Queen Of Hearts, released in the Folk Heritage label, was an assortment of traditional and modern material. In Dec from the same season she turned completely professional, and half a year afterwards teamed up with south London guitarist Bob Axford, executing only original materials. The first discharge being a duo, in the defunct Head label, Second Period Came, included the very much lauded, and far covered, Hardman tune ‘Female For Today’. The self-penned Firebird was a single documenting, and in 1974, Hardman performed the Cambridge Folk Celebration. In 1978, Hardman was agreed upon to the VEGETATION label, with whom she produced three albums. The support music artists on these recordings included Dave Cousins from the Strawbs, Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp. In 1980, Hardman had written the theme music for the kids’s television program Chat Write And Browse. She toured European countries regularly, and produced her first trip to Hong Kong in 1981. That same season, she had written and documented ‘The Guy From Brooklyn’/‘Simply One Period’. Both tracks had been about Barry Manilow, often stated by Hardman to be always a major influence. Certainly, she went the Birmingham branch from the Barry Manilow Enthusiast Club for several years. The discharge of 1983’s The Weakness Of Eve was an effort by Hardman to diversify her design, with musical affects which range from Manilow to Whitesnake (she also went the Whitesnake enthusiast club for just two years). For some time, Hardman teamed up being a duo with ex-Whitesnake guitarist, Mel Galley. Due to the smoking cigarettes in many from the locations she performed, and insufficient audio systems, she experienced a whole lot of neck problems through the mid-80s, producing a long span of medical therapy. By 1990 Hardman experienced virtually retired, aside from two one-off ‘farewell shows’ in Germany and Shirt in 1991. There is always a solid romantic part to her tunes, many of which were covered by additional folk performers. She now shows going swimming for Birmingham Town Council and works computer courses on-line.

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