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 10th December
    Private Booking
  • Monday 10th December
    Songwriters and Poets
    The Carlton Arms, Carlton Street Cambridge
    Hosted by Stella Hensley and Chris Newman
    All self penned songs alongside other fabulous songwriters
    and poets - a really classy evening; not to be missed
  • Tuesday 11th December
    Private Booking
  • Tuesday 11th December
    Private Booking - Afternoon
  • Tuesday 11th December
    Face the Music and Bants
    The Plough, Shepreth, Royston
    A brilliant night of stand up comedy by 5 artists
    hosted by the notoriously busy Paul Richards
    Interjected with self penned music by yours truly.
    Free entry plus voluntary donations
    8.00 - 10.00pm
  • Friday 14th December
    The Radcliff Arms
    31 Walsworth Rd, Hitchin SG4 9ST
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free Entry
  • Friday 21st December
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 23rd December
    The Albatros, Dutch Cargo Ship
    10 The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AH
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    3 - 5pm
    Free entry
  • Monday 24th December
    Private Booking
  • Monday 24th December p.m.
    Private Booking
  • NEW YEAR TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY
    Private Booking
  • WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2019
    Private Booking
  • Friday 11th January
    Samuel Pepys Reading Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Wednesday 16th January
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 27th January 2019
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    A really lovely eccentric setting to visit after your gorgeous
    coastal walk. Real Dutch pancakes and local seafood and hospitality.
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Free entry
    3 -5pm
  • Thursday 31st January
    Private Booking
  • Tuesday 5th February
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 6th February
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 7th February 2019
    HOSTING my regular OPEN MIC Slepe Hall Hotel
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RB
    All expressive mediums, covers and originals and levels welcome
    This month's feature artist: Roger Solomon Smith https://www.facebook.com/roger.smith.5661
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free entry
    Arrive early to secure your slot and to support your fellow performers
    EVERY 1ST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
  • Friday 8th February
    The Angel
    2 Theatre St, Woodbridge IP12 4NE
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9 - 11.30pm
    Free entry
  • Wednesday 13th February
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 14th February
    Private Booking for Valentine's
  • Thursday 14th February
    Valentine's at The Samuel Pepys Diary Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    A special Pizza and Prosecco menu for Valentine's Day
    Serenaded by yours truly with some sweet, lovey dovey songs
    Food from 5.30 - 9.00pm
    Music from 7.00 -10.30pm
    Call or email to make a reservation 01480 459708
    diaryrooms@btconnect.com
  • Friday 15th February
    Private Booking for Valentine's
  • Friday 15th February
    Valentine's at The Tollgate Inn
    142 Fornham Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP32 6AX
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
    Advance booking essential
    Call 01284 755237
  • Sunday 17th February 2019
    The Seven Wives
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RF
    An eclectic mix of covers and originals
    delivered with a powerful voice, passion and fun!
    4 -7pm
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 19th February
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 20th February
    Private Booking
  • Friday 22nd February
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 23rd February
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 24th February
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Love this place - always a great combination of chilled and fun! Come!
    Open from mid-day for tasty sweet or savoury Dutch pancakes and
    local seafood dishes (kitchen closed 4-5pm)
    Music from 3 -5pm
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 28th February
    The Tap Room
    23, Bridge St, Saint Ives, PE27 5EH
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Looking forward to playing again at this mad house!
    9 - 11pm
    Free entry
  • Thursday 7th March
    HOSTING my regular open mic at Slepe Hall Hotel
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RB
    All expressive mediums, covers and originals and levels welcome.
    This month's feature artist: TBC
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free entry
    Arrive early to secure your slot and support your fellow performers
    Every first Thursday of the month
  • Saturday 9th March
    The Samuel Pepys Diary Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 12th March
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 13th March
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 20th March
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 24th March
    The Elm Tree
    An evening of original self penned songs alongside Jo Ash
    and Claudia McKenzie
    8.00 - 10.30
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 26th March
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 31st March
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    An original Dutch Cargo Ship serving delicious sweet and savoury
    pancakes and local seafood dishes. (Kitchen closed between 4&5pm)
    Music 3 - 5pm
    Free Entry
  • Thursday 4th April
    HOSTING my regular open mic at Slepe Hall Hotel
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RB
    All expressive mediums, covers and originals and levels welcome.
    This month's feature artist: TBC
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free entry
    Arrive early to secure your slot and support your fellow performers
    Every first Thursday of the month
  • Friday 5th April
    D.P's (David's Place)
    106-108 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AB
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 6th April
    The White Horse Hotel
    Station Rd, Leiston IP16 4HD
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Tuesday 9th April
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 10th April
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 18th April
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 20th April
    The Rose and Crown
    99 High St, Somersham, Huntingdon PE28 3EE
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Sunday 21st April
    The Hare on the Green
    40 The Green, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4RH
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Looking forward to a sunny chilled out session on the village green
    Lots happening: Sunday Roast and Lamb Shank from 12-4pm
    Stone baked pizzas from 4pm
    Kids' activities from 11am
    Music 3 - 6pm
    Free Entry
  • Monday 22nd April
    The Seven Wives
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    A great community pub with fairly new owners making a good
    go of it with loads of stuff happening!
    I'll be adding to the mix with my own massively varied mix of favourite
    cover songs and some of my own.
    4 -7pm
    Free Entry
  • Tuesday 23rd April
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 25th April
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 28th April
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Great music, food and atmosphere on this boat full of character
    Kitchen closed 4 - 5pm
    Music 3 - 5pm
    Free Entry
  • Monday 29th April
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 30th April
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 2nd May
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 2nd May
    HOSTING my regular open mic at Slepe Hall Hotel
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RB
    All expressive mediums, covers and originals and levels welcome.
    This month's feature artist: The wonderful Tryce Jayne Maffei!
    7.30 - 10.30
    Free entry
    Arrive early to secure your slot and support your fellow performers
    Every first Thursday of the month
  • Saturday 4th May
    DP's Bar (Dave's Place)
    106-108 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AB
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9 - 11pm
    Free entry
    Come and enjoy amazing Thai food, served 6.30 - 9pm followed by
    live music to sing and dance to. Great little bar with super friendly
    people and great vibe!
  • Tuesday 7th May
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 9th May
    The Tap Room
    23 Bridge St, Saint Ives PE27 5EH
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Love playing at this crazy place! Come have some fun,
    but bring yer ear plugs! Lol!
    9 - 11pm
  • Thursday 9th May
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 9th May
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 11th May
    The Hare on the Green
    40 The Green, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4RH
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Lovely friendly community pub serving top class home made food!
    Music from 3- 6pm
    Free Entry
  • Sunday 12th May
    Foundry Arms
    Church St, Northrepps, Cromer NR27 0AA
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    4 -7.30pm
    Free entry
  • Friday 17th May
    The Angel
    2 Theatre St, Woodbridge IP12 4NE
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    9 - 11.30pm
    Free entry
  • Sunday 19th May
    The Wheel of Fortune
    Wheel Rd, Alpington, Norwich NR14 7NL
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    Looking forward to meeting the lovely land people of this homely pub
    and entertaining the lively punters
    3 - 6pm
    Free Entry
  • Friday 24th May (plus 25th and 26th May)
    King Of The Belgians
    27 Main St, Hartford, Huntingdon PE29 1XU
    A very popular three day Beer Festival, held every year, in the beer garden
    of this rustic village pub.
    All proceeds go to charity.
    I'll be playing a couple of hours of singalong and dancy favourites
    from 1960's to current day
  • Saturday 25th May
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 25th May
    Samuel Pepys Diary Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    A varied mix of songs across all genres, delivered with a powerful
    yet sultry voice.
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Really good pub food served from 5- 9pm
    Free Entry
  • Sunday 26th May
    The Red Cow Festival
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    A really popular music festival attracting 1000 plus festival goers
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    More details tbc
  • Wednesday 29th May
    Private Booking
  • Friday 31st May
    The Lazy Otter
    Cambridge Rd, Stretham, Ely CB6 3LU
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    7.30 - 11pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 1st June
    The King’s Head
    Cromer, Norfolk
    Covers from across all genres to sing and dance to.
    Free Entry
  • Sunday 2nd June
    The Albatros
    The Quay, Wells Next The Sea
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    The most eccentric little venue and eating place around!
    Music 3 - 5
    Free entry
  • Wednesday 5th June
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 6th June
    HOSTING my regular open mic at Slepe Hall Hotel
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RB
    A vibrant open mic with a broad mix of ages, abilities and genres
    Everyone welcome including poets, spoken word and rap
    Come early to secure your slot and to support your each other
    (and for a rough head count)
    Feature artist TBC
    HAPPENS EVERY FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
  • Friday 7th June
    Private Booking
  • Friday 7th June
    Julia’s Tea Rooms
    Performing the feature slot with Vic Lennard at this
    lovely community cafe and beautiful crypt venue.
    Additional performers tbc
    £5 entry £6 on door; optional buffet £7 £8 on door
    7pm for 7.30 start. Buffet break 8.10pm - 8.50pm
  • Saturday 8th June
    Huntingdon Riverside Gala
    A one day festival of music and fun activities for all the family
    Vic and I will be playing at 3.00 accompanied by the wonderful
    Sam Fisher on Cajon
    https://www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk/huntingdon-riverside-gala.html
  • Friday 14th June
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 15th June
    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
  • Monday 17th June
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 19th June
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 20th June
    Private Booking
  • Saturday 22nd June
    Knack Fest
    Karma Farm, Isleham
    ORIGINALS
  • Sunday 23rd June
    The Albatros
    10 The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AH
    One of the most characterful venues around!
    Come and enjoy genuine Dutch pancakes and local seafood dishes
    after a walk in stunning seascape surroundings.
    Music from 3-5pm (kitchen closed 4 - 5pm)
    ORIGINALS/COVERS
    Free Entry
  • Monday 24th June
    Private Booking
  • Tuesday 25th June
    Private Booking a.m.
  • Tuesday 25th June
    Private Booking
  • Wednesday 26th June
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 27th June
    Private Booking
  • Friday 28th June
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Saturday 29th June
    The Lazy Otter
    Cambridge Rd, Stretham, Ely CB6 3LU
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    7.30 - 11pm
    Free entry
  • Thursday 4th July
    HOSTING my regular open mic at Slepe Hall Hotel
    Ramsey Rd, Saint Ives PE27 5RB
    A vibrant open mic with a broad mix of ages, abilities and genres
    Everyone welcome including poets, spoken word and rap
    Come early to secure your slot and to support your each other
    (and for a rough head count)
    Feature artist TBC
    EVERY FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
    7.30 - 10.30pm
  • Monday 8th July
    Private Booking
  • Friday 12th July
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
  • Friday 16th August
    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
    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
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Friday 6th September
    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!
  • Friday 20th September
    Samuel Pepys Reading Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Wednesday 25th September
    Private Booking
  • Friday 27th September
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • 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
  • Sunday 6th October
    The Engineers
    7 Main St, Leiston IP16 4ER
    COVERS
    4 - 6.30pm
    Free entry
  • 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
  • Saturday 16th October
    Private Booking
  • Friday 1st November
    Samuel Pepys Reading Rooms
    146 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    8.30 - 11.00pm
    Free entry
  • Sunday 3rd November
    Foundry Arms
    Church St, Northrepps, Cromer NR27 0AA
    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
  • Saturday 16th November
    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
  • Wednesday 11th December
    Private Booking
  • Thursday 12th December
    Private Booking
  • Sunday 15th December
    The Red Cow
    11 High St, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8RN
    COVERS/ORIGINALS
    3.30 - 6.30
    Free entry
  • 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
  • Sunday 9th June
    Burwell Festival
    Family Festival Day at The Fox
    2 North St, Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0BA
    Playing a mixture of self penned and groovy cover songs with
    the smooth operator, Mr. Vic Lennard
    6.30 - 7.10pm
    Free Entry
  • Sunday 16th June
    The Farmer's Club
    10 Northgate St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1HQ
    Playing a mixture of self penned and groovy cover songs with
    the smooth operator, Mr. Vic Lennard
    2.30- 3.15pm
    Free Entry