Rosy Nolan is from Northern California where she grew up in a family of writers, activists, and tea readers. She writes and performs a blend of folk, old-time and country and has been deeply influenced by such artists as Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and The Carter Family. Nolan has spent time honing her craft in New York, London, the Coastal Redwoods and now Los Angeles. Originally, a singer and guitar player, she took up clawhammer banjo in 2015 and now frequents old-time jams. She can be seen in various venues around town performing either solo or with her old-time/bluegrass duo Old Time Machine.
Rosy Nolan combines many American music traditions to form a heart-wrenching isle of authenticity amidst a sea of affectation. Her soulful vocal style harkens back to great blues and country singers while barreling full speed through a gritty spectrum of confessional hymns and folk-tinged melodies. Fans of Nolan’s have commented on her mesmerizing stage presence. “Her honesty and her unaffected vulnerability, make it impossible to take your eyes off her,” says fellow songwriter and Edwin McCain bassist Aaron Berg. “Her presence as a performer reels you in. She has the intention of a young Lucinda Williams with multi-dimensional poetry all her own.”
Nolan has performed at The Hotel Cafe, Pour Vous, and Ireland's 32 in Los Angeles, Rockwood Music Hall, The Livingroom, Pete's Candy Store and Union Pool in New York and many venues between.