Shirlie Roden Backing vocals
Shirlie Ross Roden is the great great granddaughter of 1840s music hall star W. G. Ross (hailed as 'the greatest dramatic humourist of the day'). Born in London but brought up in Newport, South Wales, she graduated from Warwick University with a BA (Hons) in English and European Literature.
She worked with The Kinks from 1974 - 77 as singer/actress in the concept musicals Preservation (where she featured with the solo song Mirror of Love), A Soap Opera and Schoolboys in Disgrace
Author of the book and cd ‘Sound Healing’ (now translated into both Slovene and Hungarian), she is an international concert performer, workshop leader and sound therapist, teaching the use of the voice as a healing instrument. She has led workshops and retreats all over the United Kingdom, as well as in Australia, Malta, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and for many years in Slovenia, where she has received wide acclaim for her innovative sound work and the healing power of her singing voice. She also co-created the ‘Simply Slovenia’ book/cd project with Slovene photographer Bogdan Kladnik, named ‘one of the best books on Slovenia in the past ten years.’
Shirlie has recorded six albums of her own material of either meditative music or songs focussing on positive lyrics and strong melody, to both uplift and relax - Raising Your Vibration, Angels of Sound, Endless Love, The Vanishing Lake, The Path of Daring, Skydancer – plus two albums of traditional songs: Shirlie Sings and Angelski Zvoki, and an inner experience double cd with Suzi Quatro, Free the Butterfly. She has also co-written tracks for Suzi’s latest rock cd Back to the Drive.
Shirlie has had seven musicals produces on stage in the UK. She was co-writer on the highly-successful Roy Orbison Story (nominated for a Best Musical Olivier Award) and her Joan of Arc musical Jeanne was the first rock opera to be performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London, plus she was co-writer with Willie Rushton and Suzi Quatro on Tallulah Who? (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch) and with John Kane on the musical AD/BC (Pennsylvania University USA). Other works include original music and lyrics for Sue Townsend’s play Bazaar and Rummage, the national tour of Paddington Bear's Magical Musical, Beauty and the Beast for Liverpool Playhouse, Counterpoint at the GateHouse London, and she has also written book, music and lyrics for a musical adaptation of Richard Llewellyn’s famous Welsh novel How Green Was My Valley.
Acting credits include Fruma Sara with Topol in Fiddler on the Roof at the Manchester Opera House, Musetta in La Boheme at the Kammer Oper in Vienna, the Narrator in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Prison Officer Meg Jackson in the stage version of cult Australian drama Prisoner Cell Block H and all six wives in Michael Wild’s comedy musical The Complete Wives of Henry VIII on tour and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has featured as voice-over artist on many radio and tv commercials.
Shirlie has also worked in rock music with such artists as Mike Oldfield, Ultravox, David Gilmore, Ian Gillan and Hot Chocolate.
Shirlie has recently joined forces with Debi Doss and the Kast Off Kinks to perform at the occasional gig.