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 8th July 2019
    Private Booking
  • Friday 12th July 2019
    Queen's Head
    10 Queen St, Peterborough PE1 1PA
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free entry
  • Saturday 13th July
    The Locks
    Lock's Lane, Geldeston, Beccles NR34 0HW
    ORIGINALS
    3 -5pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 13th July
    Samuel Pepys Reading Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Sunday 14th July 2019
    Foundry Arms
    Church St, Northrepps, Cromer NR27 0AA
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    4 -7.30pm
    Free entry
  • Sunday 21st July
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    The most eccentric little venue and eating place around!
    Pop in for scrummy Dutch pancakes and local seafood and
    be serenaded by yours truly!
    Food served from 12.00 (kitchen closed 4-5pm)
    Music 3 - 5pm
    Free
  • Saturday 27th July
    DP's Bar (Dave's Place)
    106-108 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AB
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9 - 11pm
    Come and enjoy amazing Thai food followed by live music in this great little bar.
    Food from 6.30 - 9pm
  • Saturday 28th July 2019
    The Seven Wives
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RB
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Love playing at this crazy place! Come have some fun,
    4 -7pm
    Free Entry
  • Tuesday 30th July
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 3rd August
    Private booking
  • Sunday 4th August 2019
    The Hare on the Green
    40 The Green, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4RH
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Just a lot of fun in the sun!
    Plus great food and wood fired pizzas.
    3 - 6pm
    Free Entry
  • Monday 5th August
    Private booking
  • Tuesday 6th August
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 10th August
    The White Horse Inn Hotel
    Station Rd, Leiston IP16 4HD
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Let's Party!
    9pm to midnight
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 15th August
    Private booking
  • Friday 16th August 2019
    DP's Bar (Dave's Place)
    106-108 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AB
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Love playing at this crazy place! Come have some fun!
    Amazing Thai food served from 6.30 -9pm
  • Saturday 17th August
    Aldeburgh Carnival
    ORIGINALS/COVERS
    All Day
    https://www.aldeburghcarnival.com/
  • Saturday 24th August 2019
    The Rose and Crown
    99 High St, Somersham, Huntingdon PE28 3EE
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Lovely friendly pub with enthusiastic crowd!
    Free entry
  • Sunday 25th August
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    3 - 5pm
    A place really worth visiting for its character and delicious pancakes
    and local seafood dishes, and music of course.
    Well deserved after your brisk coastal walk. (NB kitchen closed 4-5pm)
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 29th August
    Private Booking
  • Friday 30th August 2019
    Private Booking
  • Friday 30th August 2019
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 3rd September 2019
    Private Booking
  • Tuesday 3rd September 2019
    St Neots Folk Club
    The priory Centre, priory Lane, St Neots
    Time tbc
    £3 entry
    Playing all self penned songs
  • Thursday 5th September
    Slepe Hall Open Mic
    Slepe Hall Hotel, Ramsey Road, St. Ives
    Everyone and all genres and abilities welcome!
    7.30 - 10.30pm
    Free entry but arrive early to secure your slot
    and support your fellow artists
  • Friday 6th September 2019
    The Angel
    2 Theatre St, Woodbridge IP12 4NE
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9 - 11.30pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 7th September
    Dp’s (Dave’s Place)
    Aldeburgh
    A wonderful intimate bar serving delicious
    authentic Thai food and of cause great live music!
    9 - 11pm
    Free entry but arrive early to get a seat!
  • Sunday 8th September 2019
    The Bull Pub Beer Fest, Saffron Walden
    Lower Langley Green, Saffron Walden
    1-3 pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 14th September 2019
    Private booking
  • Sunday 15th September 2019
    Family Fun Day for ‘Dedicated Care’
    Tilney St Lawrence Village Hall
    Magdalen Rd, Kings Lynn, PE34 4RF
    1-3pm
  • Friday 20th September
    Samuel Pepys Reading Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 21st September 2019
    The Golden Boar
    The Street, Freckenham, Newmarket IP28 8HZ
    9-11pm
    COVERS
    Free Entry
  • Wednesday 25th September
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 26th September 2019
    Private Booking
  • Friday 27th September
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 28th September 2019
    Brampton Institute Social Club
    Brampton, Huntingdon
    8.30-11.30
  • Sunday 29th September
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Wells Next-The-Sea followed by a couple of hours on this boat for food and music
    is everything for a perfect day out!
    Food from 12.00, Music 3 - 5pm
    Free Entry
  • Wednesday 2nd October
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 3rd October 2019
    Slepe Hall Open Mic
    Slepe Hall Hotel, Ramsey Road, St. Ives
    Everyone and all abilities welcome
    Free entry but please arrive early to secure your slit
    and support your fellow artists
    7.30-10.30pm
  • Sunday 3rd November
    Foundry Arms
    Church St, Northrepps, Cromer NR27 0AA
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    4 -7.30pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 5th October 2019
    Dp’s
    Aldeburgh
    Covers/Originals
    9-11pm
    Free Entry
    Delicious Thai food from 6-9pm
  • Sunday 6th October
    The Engineers
    7 Main St, Leiston IP16 4ER
    COVERS
    4 - 6.30pm
    Free entry
  • Thursday 10th October 2019
    Private Booking
  • Friday 11th October
    Queen's Head
    10 Queen St, Peterborough PE1 1PA
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free entry
  • Sunday 13th October
    The Elm Tree
    An evening of original self penned songs alongside Jo Ash
    and Claudia McKenzie
    ORIGINALS
    8.00 - 10.30
    Free entry
  • Monday 14th October 2019
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 16th October
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 20th October 2019
    The Wheel of Fortune
    Alperton, Norwich
    3-6pm
    COVERS
    Free Entry
  • Monday 21st October 2019
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 27th October 2019
    The Geldart Poets and Songwriters
    Hosted by Stella Hensley and Chris Newman
    1, Ainsworth Street, Cambridge , CB1 2PF
    Accompanied by Vic Lennard
    ORIGINALS
    8.30-11pm
    Free Entry
  • Friday 1st November
    Samuel Pepys Reading Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 2nd November 2019
    Private Booking
    The Albatros, Wells Next the Sea
  • Sunday 3rd November 2019
    The Foundry Arms
    Northrepps
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    4-7.30pm
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 7th November
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 7th November
    The Tap Room
    Bridge Street, St.Ives, Cambs.
    Crazy evening of music and fun - love this place!
    9 - 11pm
    Free entry
  • Friday 8th November
    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
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 28th November 2019
    Private Booking
  • 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
  • Tuesday 10th December 2019
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 11th December
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 12th December
    Private Booking
  • 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
  • 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