Roxanne de Bastion
Plus Tom Duggan
Saturday February 26th 2022
Listening Room @ The Cross Keys, East St, Thame, OX9 3JS
By her own admission, Roxanne de Bastion was a “weird kid”. Smiling at the memory today, she recalls, “Being really frustrated with myself around the age of seven or eight and saying to my musician dad… ‘But when am I going to write a song?’ And he would just say, ‘You’ll write a song when you've got something to say.’ Take your time, it's fine.” These words of reassurance are set to be proven prophetic with the release of Roxanne’s second album, You And Me, We Are The Same, a record that sees the now London-based singer-songwriter finding her authentic voice, while channeling the pain of her father’s death last year.
For Roxanne, it’s been an arduous journey to this point, and one that’s required her to keep courage in her convictions in order to succeed. Brought up between Berlin and the West Midlands, she grew up obsessed with The Beatles and Alanis Morissette, and was soon determined to become a musician like her father. To those ends, she left Berlin for London straight from high school and - with no financial support and no contacts in the city - got by balancing hospitality and admin work with the 90-odd solo gigs she played per year across the U.K and Europe. To date, Roxanne has played over 600 gigs, including two USA tours in 2017 and 2018.
Having built a loyal fanbase, her crowd-funded debut, Heirlooms & Hearsay, arrived in 2017, leading to support slots with Lambchop and the Wainwright Sisters and triumphant shows at Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival. Meanwhile, Roxanne’s remarkably self-sufficient approach was recognised by the FAC (Featured Artists Coalition) who invited her to join its Board Of Directors, advising alongside Imogen Heap, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Fran Healy of Travis and Blur’s Dave Rowntree.
I am sorry to report that Roxanne has had to cancel her tour for health reasons. Sadly I was not able to find a venue for the rescheduled shows in June. However I will book her next time round.
Statement from Roxanne:
Due to ill health I've had to make the very difficult decision to move my upcoming tour dates. I am devastated to have to do this but luckily we were able to move the bulk of the shows to early June and if you have purchased tickets these will of course remain valid for the new dates (please note some of the venues have changed due to availability). Unfortunately, we weren't able to reschedule the shows in Leicester, Newcastle, Hull, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Thame and Exeter for June. If you have tickets for those shows, you will of course be able to get a refund at point of purchase. I will do my very best to make up for those shows later in the year. I'm resting up and cannot tell you how much I'm looking forward to seeing you all soon - I promise to make the shows worth the wait!