Joanne Naulls was ten years of age when she started to play the organ. Mum and Dad were organ fans and bought an old Galanti for the vast sum of £175. That was where it all began.
Mum played the chapel organ and Dad was in a brass band, but the ultimate had been achieved with the purchase of the Galanti.
Lessons by a church organist on a piano were the order of the day until an organ shop was opened in her home-town of Gainsborough. She then transferred to lessons at the shop, given by an ex theatre organist. Soon after a new organ was acquired and after a couple of years, she joined a dance band, playing of course keyboards.
After a dance at Harworth, an invitation to "have a go" on their Christie pipe organ was accepted, and thereafter,weekly trips were made to Harworth where countless hours were spent playing this super instrument. For this purpose, she was excused every Tuesday for two hours from school.
Her first public appearance on the Christie was at the age of thirteen, when Robert Wolfe invited her to play during his dance that night and then during his concert the next day. She left the dance band at the age of fourteen and started to play for dancing on her own in numerous clubs, and then concerts followed.
Upon leaving school at the age of seventeen, she turned full time professional and has never looked back. A Hammond B400 together with two Leslie 310 cabinets was purchased and it was on this organ that she performed her concerts and dances around the country for a good number of years. In time she decided to update to a Hammond SX3000 organ, with Leslie cabinets, whilst also owning a Hammond CX1, which was kept at home as it was too big to travel around the country with. It was on this instrument that she made her second recording,"Just an Old Fashioned Girl". Whilst appreciating all styles of instruments on the organ circuit, Joanne maintains a loyalty to the Hammond sound. She currently performs on a Key B Duo organ with a Ketron SD3 expander and SR Pocket 750mx speakers. The organ is often reffered to as a "Hammond Clonewheel", it being a cloned version of the Hammond B3/C3 organ. She feels that she now has the best of both worlds with the superb Hammond sound from the organ being complemented with the first class orchestral sounds from the Ketron.
Joanne was christened the "Queen of the Hammond" by Ian Wolstenholme after being featured on his radio show.
Equally at home on either pipe or electronic instruments, a recent question was answered when she checked and found there was a total of 18 pipe organs throughout the country she had played, including the Wurlitzer in the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.
Joanne has been a full time professional organist for over 25 years now and although is a specialist in playing for sequence dancing, where she regularly plays for the International Dance Teachers Association, there is no preference for either concerts or dances.
Joanne made her first recording on the Compton Theatre Organ at the Louth Town Hall, called "Enjoy Yourself", back in 1994. She has now made nine recordings, available on CD all recorded on various Hammond organs. These can be purchased by visiting www.joannenaulls.co.uk She now has two recordings on her Key B Duo organ with Ketron SD3. "Key B Magic" is easy listening and the newly released "Dance With Me" is again easy listening but also, as the title suggests, played for strict tempo dancing and suitable for the sequence dance world.
With an ever increasing diary for the next three years, when not playing her time is spent teaching the organ.
Ambition? Simply to keep entertaining people and making them happy.
Joanne will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2018|
|January 2nd||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|January 6th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|January 7th||wston rms pm Drax @ night|
|January 31st||The Astoria, Barnsley|
|February 3rd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|February 4th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|February 6th||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|February 8th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|February 11th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|February 14th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|February 17th||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club|
|February 18th||Lincoln Naval Club|
|February 21st||Woodhouse west end club, Sheffield.|
|February 24th||weston rooms. Private function|
|March 3rd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|March 4th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|March 6th||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|March 14th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|March 25th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|April 1st||Lincoln Naval Club|
|April 3rd||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|April 7th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|April 8th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|April 11th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|April 15th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|April 29th||Music for the North East|
|May 1st||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|May 5th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|May 6th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough pm|
|May 8th||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|May 9th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|May 13th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|May 23rd||Bishop Monkton Dance|
|May 27th||Lincoln Naval Club|
|June 2nd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|June 3rd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|June 5th||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|June 10th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|June 13th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|June 24th||Lincoln Naval Club|
|July 3rd||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|July 7th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|July 8th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|July 11th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|July 15th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|August 4th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|August 5th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|August 7th||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|August 8th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|August 12th||Lincoln Naval Club|
|August 25th||Carlisle dance|
|August 26th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|August 29th||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 1st||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|September 2nd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|September 4th||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|September 12th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|September 16th||Lincoln Naval Club|
|September 30th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|October 1st||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|October 2nd||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|October 6th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|October 7th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|October 10th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|October 13th||Osgodby, Yorks|
|October 14th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|October 27th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts|
|October 28th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts|
|November 3rd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|November 4th||Weston rms pm Lincoln Naval @ night|
|November 6th||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|November 11th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|November 14th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|November 15th||St Giles dance club, Grimsby|
|November 27th||Launceston Electronic Organ Club (more details)|
Eagle House Hotel. 3 Castle Street. Launceston. PL15 8BA.
|November 28th||Verwood in Tune|
|December 1st||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|December 2nd||Weston rms pm Lincoln Naval @ night|
|December 4th||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|December 8th||Osgodby, Yorks|
|December 12th||South Kelsey Tea Dance|
|December 23rd||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|December 31st||Sturton le Steeple Village Hall|
|Concerts in 2019|
|February 16th||Carlisle dance|