Born in Leeds, Roberta is a boho singer-guitarist with roots in the singer-songwriter movement of the 70s but her clarity of voice and intricate finger style guitar bring lovely touches of jazz and folk. Her songs are mostly love songs, sometimes joyous and sometimes dealing with betrayal or regret, but sometimes also with the fun things in life. Get in touch to learn more about her journey.
I'm excited to have released my new single: Clock Patience available on all streaming platforms from August 31st 2021!
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Roberta Smith recorded her first songs as a 16-year-old flower-child and she has still retained the fresh-voiced youth of those early recordings. A boho singer-songwriter, she writes in an unusual style, the songs often unconventional in format and lyrically unexpected. She plays beautiful finger style guitar and in some ways, her music defies comparison, although the influence of the 70s singer-songwriter movement is unmistakeable.
She started to write songs when she was 15 and rose to almost immediate success at 16, winning a major talent competition and performing in the winners’ concert at Leeds Town Hall in front of 4,000 people. She was quickly taken up by Esther Ofarim’s (and later Scott Walker’s) management. At University, she opened for Ralph McTell at Charles Morris Hall and played on Radio Leeds, at Leeds University Union and on the university TV network and at many venues in and around Leeds.
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After University, marriage and four children, many appearances at many venues and even a spell playing Anne Boleyn in a medieval theatre restaurant, she is still here and still playing, writing and working towards bringing her music to a wider audience. Despite many disappointments and unrealised promises her passion for songwriting has never waned and she is very excited to be recording again and to be back on the London scene.
Roberta has appeared on Radio Leeds, provided background music for the BBC World Service, played at Leeds Town Hall, London’s Kashmir Club, the Bedford, Bunjie’s, the Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead and at the Court Theatre, Tring. She also writes for the theatre and has written original music for The Glass Menagerie, Cider with Rosie and The Graduate.
She played in Cambridge on August 24th, at the Bedford in London on August 31st and at Ace Space Newbury on October 15th