ROMILDA VANE AND THE
Formed: November 2005
Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons is one of the oldest and longest running bands from this side of the Atlantic. Primarily piano based, her music tends to be more ballady and soulful. Romilda,
Even before Amy had played her first show she was heavily into Wrock and had started a podcast with fellow fan, Jamie Walker, about Wizard Rock titled "WZRD: Your Wizard Rock Station". The first episode was released in March 2006 and featured Alex Carpenter of The Remus Lupins. Although Amy has recently taken a step back from the show, "WZRD" currently has 46 Episodes available for download and will hopefully carry on in the hands of its co-host, Jamie.
Romilda Vane's first live performance was at Potter Rocks in October 2007. This performance also marked her debut as a live pianist as she played in front of people for the first time. Despite her nerves, Amy's Gryffindor colours shone through as she performed, and performed well. Shortly after Potter Rocks she released her first album, Hogwarts, a Mystery. This album, which is still available for download on iTunes, features some classic Romilda Vane songs that have stood the test of time and
On her return from the US in July 2008, Amy played at Accio Wrock in Oxford, along with Riddle™, Luna Wants a Long Bottom, Shrieking Shack Disco Gang, the Azkaban Escapees and Siriusly Hazza P. This stint back in Europe was short-lived, however, because in the August of 08 Amy headed to a Harry Potter conference in Chicago called Terminus where she was asked to play at the associated Wizard Rock show, Wrock Chicago. Whilst there, Amy was interviewed by MTV. Directly after Terminus and Wrock Chicago, Amy went on yet another 5-concert tour, taking in West Virginia, Virginia, Carolina
The end of a great year for Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons came as she performed at the 2008 UK Yule Ball, which was held at the Kensington Library in London. This event attracted many attendees from across Europe, several of whom were attending their first Wizard Rock show. It was at this show that Romilda launched her Limited Edition E.P.
If any acknowledgement for Amy's hard work and busy schedule during 2008 (which also consisted of
Understandably pleased at having been asked to contribute to Jingle Spells 3, Amy was to end the year on yet another high. In the December of that year Amy attended the in first ever Snow Ball in Edinburgh, which turned out to be the most successful Wizard Rock show ever held in the UK. Not only did she put on a wonderful performance as Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons, but she also had the role of Musical Director for the show. Her work in 2009 earnt Romilda the 2010 WRPCA award for Best International Band.
As our favourite Irish Wrocker would say:
"Wizard Rock. We can bring people together. We can encourage people to learn, to read, to discover music, to discover magic. We can have fun. We don't have to conform. Look at our music: NO TWO BANDS ARE THE SAME. We've been given a gift."