Bio

Based in Sydney, Australia 

Drawing upon the rhythmic and melodic traditions of American Folk, Blues and Bluegrass genres, to the rich lineage of the Irish, Scottish and Celtic folk traditions.

Rosie McDonald (Singer,Guitar, Irish Bouzouki and Bodhran player) and Nigel Lever (Singer,Mandolin player), come together to form the Rosie and Nigel Duo.

Rosie McDonald is an established singer/guitarist, whose guitar playing style could be described as strong and rhythmic, with the acoustic driving rhythm, alternate tuned and finger picking style guitar along with bouzouki and bodhran.  Rosie's rich alto voice, leads the listener into the stories from the folk, traditional and blues traditions. Performance at numerous festivals on the East Coast of Australia in bands: Seanchas, RAPT, Folklore and the Hippy Trippy band. Rosie played for 15 years in Mothers of Intention folk group and won a MusicOz award for songwriting in 2007. 

Nigel Lever is a renowned bluegrass and folk mandolinist / guitarist and singer. Playing with such groups as The Willing Ponies,  3 Jimmies, The 3 Marketeers, Trippy Hippy Band and The Faraway eyes. Founding member of Acoustic Shock and member of the Karen Lynne band. Nigel has toured extensively in Australia and overseas, as well as frequently travelling to the American Bluegrass heartland to immerse himself in the music at festivals such as Grey Fox, Preddyfest, IBMA and Galax festivals.

This melding of musical styles is an exciting natural progression for these 2 fine musicians.