About me

My name is Rowan Godel. I am a singer, a songwriter and a vocal arranger.

Music has always been a powerful presence in my life and I have always loved to sing. There was a lot music in our house when I was growing up from classical to choral to folk to jazz to african, to name just a few.

Rowan Godel Singer and Songwriter, with guitar, laughing

I started writing in my late teens and have explored writing and music making in lots of different genres. In my own work, I’ve never wandered far from my folk roots – though I still love to experiment with textures and sounds and bringing other elements into my music.
I find myself drawn to themes of nature and landscape but I also often find myself writing about internal landscapes and humanity.

I like to work with and arrange traditional songs too (mainly English) sometimes for my own work and sometimes for singing workshops – which I also offer (see workshops).

Writing is a very organic process for me. Usually the music comes first but sometimes, something someone says or something I read or see will capture me or I may have a specific idea, for example about working with and arranging a traditional song.

You can listen to my debut ep, September Skies here: Rowan’s debut E.P.

Rowan Godel Singer and Songwriter, at sunset

I hope you’ll enjoy having a look around my new website. Here, you’ll find information about live dates (solo or with the trio – Benji Kirkpatrick and Tim Cotterell ), general news and upcoming releases.
I offer studio and live sessions, vocal arrangement and harmony singing workshops. I love to be involved in projects which are interesting and different as well as gigs. See official biog for more info on past projects.

Please get in touch to ask questions and make bookings.

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you out in the real world somewhere at a gig or a workshop!

Rowan x

What people say

Theatre reviews – Folk Opera “Rouse Ye Women”
“Rowan Godel’s “Bird,” was beautifully observed. She played the character impeccably including accent, dialect and innocence the women had back then. One warms to this heroine early on and Ms. Godel’s playing is a delight. Her singing is also so effortless yet thoughtful. Enchanting.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ loveshrewsbury.com
Read the full review here: https://www.loveshrewsbury.com/owen-lewis/chain-makers-forge-links-industrial-action

“Rowan is simply one of the best singers I have ever worked with.“
John Jones – Singer / writer / musician (Oysterband)

“I’ve worked with Rowan on various projects and it’s always been a joy. Yes, she has a gorgeous voice – but importantly she also has a great attitude to getting stuck in, to learning, and to making sure she does what needs doing. A proper work ethic, a valuable ear for experimentation and improvisation, and an easygoing temperament. Singing with a smile on her face! “
Boff Whalley – Musician (Chumbawumba), play wright, activist

“Rowan Godel is one of those singers who manages to nail a song straight away with no apparent effort. She is not only possessed of an angelic voice, but also fine musicianship and an easy going personality… It has been my privilege to work with her on six CD albums and many live festival and tour appearances, always a reliable and easy going friend and colleague.”
Ray Cooper – Musician (aka Chopper – Oysterband)

About work with Billy Cowie:
Edge of Nowhere/Under Flat Sky is a ravishing double bill choreographed by Billy Cowie. The sheer beauty of Under Flat Sky is breathtaking: a visual projection designed by German artist Silke Mansholt and vocals by Rowan Godel are all part of an entrancing whole.”
Stephanie Green – The Skinny Sep 2015

About work with Billy Cowie:
Under Flat Sky, conceived and choreographed by Billy Cowie merges music, pictures, poetry, story and dance into an organic whole, measured and meditative. The singing of Rowan Godel creates an atmosphere of magical dreamlike suspension.
Susanna Battisti – Fogli e Parole d’Arte 27 July 2016

“ We found Rowan’s Hummingbirds Workshop friendly and fun… Our experience of singing in a choir is limited but Rowan’s excellent teaching methods and warm personality gave us confidence…  The day was well organised but very relaxed, and whatever your level of skill and experience, you felt that Rowan was taking care of you personally.  Highly recommended ! ”

Pauline and Robin from Gloucestershire

“I love coming to Rowan’s singing workshops… her passion about the sound she is creating with us is infectious… we are free to be bold and brave in our singing; she makes makes us feel completely safe. She’s that good”. 

Nic from Evesham

“ Brilliant … It was great fun. I loved the variety of the songs and the way, as a group, you helped us explore the boundaries of what our voices could each do… Now, I really see how singing is good for our health and wellbeing… Your workshops should be prescribed on the NHS. I’m still buzzing ! ”

Alex via email. 

“These are not your average singing workshops. I’ve tried a few, from scary formal ‘you must read music’ groups to raucous rock choirs. Rowan’s are refreshingly different. If you want to improve your singing skills and have lots of fun while learning all kinds of harmony songs ‘by ear’ from all over the world (and some penned by Rowan) then these are the ones to come to. 

Rowan makes her workshops a welcoming, encouraging space to spend a few hours. There’s plenty of tea and cakes too. All you need is enthusiasm. Give it a go, you’ll be uplifted. “

Rachel from Somerset