Bio

"I’ve always been a fan of songwriters who can take a step back from life, really look at it in detail, make sense of it, and then turn that perspective into something beautiful. A modern and feistily independent example of such is Romy Gensale"
Helen Robinson - Sounds Magazine

Romy was born in London in the early 1960's to migrant parents who came over for a holiday and stayed. They lived in the vibrant multi-cultural town of Lewisham in the S.E. and her first taste of heart-felt singing was at primary school with her Afro-Caribbean friends. Her parents embraced the fast developing liberated youth culture of the 60's and 70's and listened to a diverse mix of music from The Beatles and David Bowie to Santana, Johnny Nash and Jimmy Cliff, all played at their regular parties and London Capital radio was constantly on at home.

Romy fell in love with the acoustic guitar when she was about 5 years old when her Italian uncle from Bedford played 'Hey Jude' to her in a solitary moment in his front room. She was spell bound! After many years of persistent nagging, she received her first guitar at the age of 9 and had Spanish classical lessons for a couple of years giving her an excellent foundation.

Story writing and poetry had always been a cathartic pastime for Romy, and she first put words to music when she started meeting other musicians at around 19. She then wrote her first original songs: Dreaming of You - found on her first ever solo E.P Solid Ground 2013© and C'est L'amour - on her second E.P. Love and Hurt 2014© available to listen to on soundcloud. Image

Also around that time she found herself in an all female band called ‘Drunk on Cake’, playing bass guitar and found herself in bands and duos of various genres over the years, playing in smoky old London venues, in those days, from The Marquee and Borderline to the faithful and rocking old Greyhound pub on Fulham Palace Road - a magnet for ambitious musicians and A&R reps.

She became a professional musician in 2015 as a result of realising it was time to take her music to a new level.

Her first highly acclaimed solo album was completed at the end of April 2016; recorded and produced by the talented engineer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Young, who was also able to add classy guitar, bass, keyboard, piano, harmonica…you name it..with musical additions from Fabian Bonner on double bass, Myke Clifford on sax, Jo Ash on piano and Jay Greenfield on rock guitar.

It has received radio air play and great reviews from Cambridge and London to the United States via social media and local radio and her eclectic and meaningful songs and engaging stage presence have been particularly well received back in all four corners of her much loved hometown - London.

She is currently writing her new album ‘Love Enough To Go Round’
- the first six songs of which are ready to be streamed or downloaded as singles from Bandcamp. The complete album should be ready by the beginning of 2019.
All previous music available to stream from this website, buy on CD or download from Bandcamp. Image

Music

1. Little Bird
2. When We're Happy
3. Love Enough to Go Round

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PRESS


GIG DATES

My Gigs

  • Monday 11th November 2019
    Private Booking
  • Tuesday 12th November 2019
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 13th November 2019
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 13th November 2019
    The Acoustic Club
    Half Moon Pub, Bishop Stortford
    Accompanied by Vic Lennard
    ORIGINALS
    8.30-11.00pm
    £5 entry
  • Saturday 16th November 2019
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 20th November 2019
    Private Booking
  • Friday 22nd November 2019
    The Golden Boar
    The Street, Freckenham, Newmarket, Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 8 HZ
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8-11pm
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 28th November 2019
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 28th November 2019
    The Golden Boar
    The Street, Freckenham, Newmarket, Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 8HZ
    Thanks Giving Special, accompanied by Jay Greenfield on lead guitar
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Free Entry but Advance booking advisable!
    7-10pm
  • Friday 29th November
    The Angel
    2 Theatre St, Woodbridge IP12 4NE
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9 - 11.30pm
    Free entry
  • Friday 6th December
    Queen's Head
    10 Queen St, Peterborough PE1 1PA
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free entry
  • Saturday 7th December 2019
    Private booking
  • Tuesday 10th December 2019
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 11th December
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 12th December
    Private Booking
  • Friday 13th December 2019
    The Falcon Tavern
    10, Market Hill, Huntingdon, PE29 3NR
    Christmas Party!
    COVERS
    8 - 11pm
  • Saturday 14th December 2019
    The Lazy Otter
    Cambridge Rd, Stretham, Ely CB6 3LU
    COVERS
    7.30-11pm
  • Sunday 15th December
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    3.30 - 6.30
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 17th December 2019
    Private Booking
  • Friday 20th December 2019
    The Lazy Otter
    Cambridge Road, Stretham Ely, CB6 3LU
    COVERS
    7.30-11pm
  • Saturday 21st December
    The Rose and Crown
    99 High St, Somersham, Huntingdon PE28 3EE
    COVERS
    Love playing at this crazy place! Come have some fun,
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 24th December 2019
    Hare On The Green Christmas Party
    Hare On The Green, Brampton, Huntingdon
    COVERS
    7.30-10.30pm
    Includes free nibbles including wood fired pizza!
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 26th December 2019
    The Golden Boar, Boxing Day Special, including piggy races!
    The Street, Freckenham, Nr Newmarket
    2-5pm
    COVERS
    Free Entry
  • Tuesday 31st December 2019
    Private Booking
  • YEAR 2020
  • Thursday 9th January 2020
    Private Booking
  • Friday 10th January 2020
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 11th January 2020
    New Acoustic Routes
    The Junction, Cambridge
    Acoustic Showcase
    ORIGINALS
    8pm
  • Friday 31st January
    The Golden Boar
    The Street, Freckenham, Newmarket, Burt St Ed’s. IP28 8HZ
    My regular residency at this up and coming hotel, bar,
    restaurant and music venue.
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.00pm - 11.00pm
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 6th February 2020
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 6th February 2020
    My regular hosting of Slepe Hall Open Mic
    Slepe Hall Hotel
    Ramsey Street, St. Ives
    7.00 for 7.30pm til 10.30pm
    All genres and abilities welcome!
    This month’s feature artist: Ollie King
    Please arrive early to secure your place and support
    your fellow Muso’s
  • Friday 7th February 2020
    The Duke
    Ipswich
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.30pm
    Free Entry
  • Saturday 8th February 2020
    The Comrades Club
    Godmanchester
    8.30 - 11.30pm
    COVERS
    Non members welcome
    Entry tbc
  • Sunday 9th February 2020
    The Elm Tree
    Orchard Yard, Cambridge
    Trio line up with Claudia McKenzie and Jo Ash
    Each playing a set of self penned songs
    8 - 10.30pm
    Free entry
  • Wednesday 12th February 2020
    Private Booking
  • Friday 14th February 2020
    The Hare on the Green
    Valentines Day Special
    To serenade you and your loved one
    8-11pm
    Reserve your table asap - this place gets very busy
    because the food is delicious and the atmosphere is warm
    and friendly
  • Sunday 16th February 2020
    The Engineers
    Leiston, Suffolk
    4.00 - 6.30pm
    COVERS
    Free Entry
  • Tuesday 18th February 2020
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 20th February 2020
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 22nd February 2020
    D.P’s (Dave’s Place)
    High Street, Aldeburgh
    9-11pm
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    A busy, characterful place with locals and visitors.
    Serving the tastiest Thai Food around!
    Free Entry
  • Sunday 23rd February 2020
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 23rd February 2020
    The Tap Room Open Mic
    Sunday Sessions
    The Tap Room, Bridge St. Ives
    All instruments, abilities and genres welcome.
    Or bring your voice and someone will play for you.
    Free Entry
  • Wednesday 26th February 2020
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 27th February 2020
    The Tap Room
    Bridge Street St.ives
    COVERS
    9-11pm
    Free Entry
  • Friday 28th February 2020
    The Red Cow
    Chrishall
    8.30 - 11pm
    Free Entry
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 5th March 2020
    Slepe Hall Open Mic
    Slepe Hall Hotel, Ramsey Road, St Ives
    7 for 7.30pm - 10.30pm
    All abilities and genres welcome
    Arrive early to secure your slot and support
    your fellow musicians
    Free entry
  • Friday 6th March 2020
    The Golden Boar
    The street, Freckenham,
    8pm - 11pm
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Free Entry
  • Tuesday 10th March 2020
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 11th March 2020
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 15th March 2020
    Private Booking
  • Monday 16th March 2020
    Private Booking a.m
  • Monday 16th March 2020
    Private Booking p.m
  • Saturday 21st March 2020
    DP’s
    Aldeburgh
    9-11pm
    Love this place!
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Delicious Thai food served 6-9pm
    Or just come for the atmos!
    Free Entry
  • Monday 23rd March 2020
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 26th March 2020
    Jo, Claudia and Romy @ The High Flyer
    Ely
    A evening of unique performances from
    three stunning and captivating singer songwriters
    All ORIGINALS
    8-10.30pm
    Entry by donations of £4 +
  • Sunday 29th March 2020
    The Geldart Poets & Songwriters
    Hosted by Stella Hensley & Chris Newman
    Cambridge
    ORIGINALS
    8 - 10.30pm
    Free Entry
  • Tuesday 31st March 2020
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 5th April 2020
    The Foundry Arms
    Northrepps
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    4 - 7.30pm
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 9th April 2020
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 11th April 2020
    The Rose and Crown
    Somersham
    8.30 - 11pm
    COVERS
    Free Entry
  • Tuesday 14th April 2020
    Private Booking
  • Friday 24th April 2020
    The Red Cow
    Chrishall
    8-11pm
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Free
  • Saturday 25th April 2020
    DP’s
    Aldeburgh
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9-11pm
    Free Entry
    Lovely cosy bar and restaurant serving
    the most delicious Thai food!
  • Sunday 26th April 2020
    The Tap Room Sunday Sessions
    Open mic
    Bridge Street, St Ives
    All instruments, abilities and genres welcome
    Or bring your voice and someone will play for you.
    Free Entry
  • Friday 1st May 2020
    The Golden Boar
    The Street, Freckenham, Newmarket
    Soul Covers
    8-11pm
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 7th May 2020
    Slepe Hall Open Mic
    Slepe Hall Hotel, Ramsey Rd, St.Ives
    Fabulously friendly and supportive evening for
    all abilities and genres. No booking necessary but
    first come first serve!
    7pm for 7.30pm start.
    Musicians generally available for singers without instruments
  • Sunday 31st May 2020
    The Engineers
    7, Main St. Leiston IP16 4ER
    Soul Covers
    4-6.30pm
    Free
  • Saturday 13th June 2020
    Dp’s
    Aldeburgh
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9-11pm
    Free entry
    Serving delicious Thai food until 9pm
  • Sunday 14th June 2020
    The Engineers
    Leiston, Suffolk
    4 - 6.30pm
    COVERS
    Free
  • Thursday 18th June 2020
    Private Booking
  • Monday 22nd June 2020
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 28th June 2020
    The Tap Room Sunday Sessions
    Open Mic
    3-5pm
    All instruments, abilities and genres welcome!
    Or bring your voice and someone will play for you
    Free Entry
  • Saturday 4th July 2020
    FRECKFEST
    The Golden Boar
    A great new music festival with well established musicians,
    BBQ and other activities tbc. Music from 2pm
    Bar and restaurant open all day
    Free Entry
  • Saturday 5th September 2020
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 27th September 2020
    The Engineers
    Leiston, Suffolk
    4 - 6.30pm
    COVERS
    Free
  • Friday 30th October 2020
    The Red Cow
    Chrishall
    8.00 - 11.00pm
    COVERS
    Free
  • Sunday 15th November 2020
    The Elm Tree
    Orchard Yard, Cambridge
    Trio line up with Claudia McKenzie and Jo Ash
    Each playing a set of self penned songs
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 17th March 2020
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 21st March 2020
    Private Booking