Meet Jill Rogoff
“Remember, Mama, whenever I’m sick or if my arm hurts or my leg hurts or if I have a cough or if I have hiccups or something like that, or if I’m in trouble– you need to bring Nonna to me to sing her songs.” — N., Jill’s eldest grandson
“Jill is the most astonishing musician I’ve ever heard.”
“Jill’s music has a beautiful and interesting feel to it. Her harp playing has a lot of polyrhythms and her vocals are very subtle: they’re different with each genre of music that she sings.” — Mitch Clyman, Muso Productions, Jerusalem
“A magical singer with an extraordinary repertoire.”
“I love the music you write and the tunes and also the stories that go with them.”
“Your voice is crystal clear and like a bell, extremely beautiful with your harp playing.”
“Jill, thank you for honoring us with your lovely musical talent. I was so intrigued by the graceful movement of your hands as you played the harp, and the expressive lyrics of your songs.”
“Your concerts sound great – I am not surprised your public cheers. What a gift! Fantastic! A wonderfully versatile lady singer.”
“Jill, you always make the walls sing!”
“Love your singing.” — Joe Newberry
“I’m always embraced by the voice and the variety of music. I find it soothing, emotional and always interesting. I frequently play different discs depending on how I’m feeling at the time.”
“Jill’s music is so delicate…It’s utterly different from what you usually hear these days.”
New Zealand-born Jill Rogoff specialises in traditional music — particularly British Isles/Celtic and Jewish — and early music (from early medieval times onward). She is also a singer-songwriter, therapeutic harper, arranger and unofficial musicologist.
Her music covers 1,400 years, which is why she always invites her audiences to sit down. While she has sung in venues where the audience has numbered thousands, she much prefers more intimate venues, where the music she sings and plays and the stories she tells with the lyrics travel from her heart and soul to those of each listener. She elaborates: “I’m inviting my audience into my personal world: they are guests in my spiritual home. My music is for people who can forget the rat-race for a while, and who are prepared to put aside the questionable musical and artistic values continually being thrust at them through so many different media. My music is neither commercial nor trendy; it has no use-by date. Much of it is introspective and quiet, but I always delight in offering surprises.”
News flash! Jill’s tenth album, Still Life, is now available. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a gap in the current international copyright arrangements between various countries, the entire album – with the original order of songs – can only be ordered directly from Jill. The downloads, which are available from CD Baby, do not include two of the songs from the list.
“It’s amazing, beautiful music.” — D.R., USA
“Just finished listening to the CD and it’s absolutely amazing! My goodness, what a voice! Soothing, calming, healing… if anyone ever doubted that music is medicine they should listen to you. …full of wonder.” – A.N., Sweden
News flash! In July 2016, Jill re-released her third album, Across the Narrow Seas, in compact disc form – in addition to its remaining available as a download on CD Baby. The discs can only be ordered directly from Jill.
It is also possible to download The Celtic Cradle, Across the Narrow Seas, The King’s Well, The Voice of the Wanderer, A Lone Voice, For Healing and Harp Music for Babies. See the respective Albums pages for ordering details of disc formats.
News flash! After a long hiatus, Jill is currently preparing her songbook The White Rose for e-publication. Covering over 300 years, this volume contains the largest compilation of Jacobite songs ever collected, including material in Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic and Cornish. Watch this space for details.
So far, Jill has posted seven music videos on YouTube, representing her albums For Healing, Harp Music for Babies, The Voice of the Wanderer, The Celtic Cradle, A Lone Voice, Across the Narrow Seas & The King’s Well. You can also check them out on the Music Videos page here (under Words & Music).
Jill sings and plays for her living, and arranges her own concert schedule. She is available for concerts (both public and private), school concerts, illustrated lectures, workshops and therapeutic harp sessions. You can set these up by clicking on the appropriate button under the relevant section. There are also quick links for this on the left-hand side of this page.
If you want a lesson in singing, stage craft, help with pronouncing languages, folk guitar or lever harp, you can also contact Jill directly.
In addition, you can join Jill’s mailing list. Wherever you live, if you want to be informed when she releases new albums or gives a concert in your vicinity, send her your full name and contact information.
If there’s something missing from this site that you’d like to see Jill add, you can “Like” her professional Facebook page and chat with her there.
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Site last updated August 6th, 2016.