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.
|Concerts in 2015|
|January 3rd||Weston Rooms, Gainsborough|
|January 4th||Weston Rooms, Gainsborough pm|
|February 7th||Weston Rms Gainsborough|
|February 8th||Weston rooms, Gainsborough pm & Drax @ night|
|February 10th||Sturton le Steeple|
|February 11th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|February 22nd||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|March 1st||Lincoln Naval Club|
|March 3rd||Sturton le Steeple|
|March 6th||Bawtry New Hall|
|March 7th||Weston Rooms, Gainsborough|
|March 8th||Weston Rms, Gainsboroughpm & Drax @ night|
|March 11th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|April 4th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|April 5th||weston Rms, gainsborough pm & Lincoln @ night|
|April 6th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|April 7th||Sturton le Steeple|
|April 9th||Louth Town Hall|
|April 12th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|April 22nd||Bishop Monkton|
|April 24th||Market Rasen Dance Club|
|May 2nd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|May 3rd||weston rms pm 7 Lincoln @ night|
|May 5th||Sturton le Steeple|
|May 13th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|May 31st||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|June 2nd||Sturton le Steeple|
|June 6th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|June 7th||weston Rms, Gainsborough pm|
|June 10th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|June 11th||Louth Town Hall|
|June 14th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|July 4th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|July 5th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough pm|
|July 7th||Sturton le Steeple|
|July 8th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|July 12th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|July 15th||Old Cotes Dance Club|
|July 18th||Swineshead Dance|
|July 18th||Swineshead Charity Concerts (more details)|
SVHMC DANCE 8pm
|August 1st||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|August 2nd||Weston rms pm & Lincoln @ night|
|August 4th||Sturton le Steeple|
|August 9th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|August 12th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|August 15th||Cleethorpes Memorial Hall|
|September 1st||Sturton le Steeple|
|September 3rd||Gainsborough Organ Society|
|September 4th||Weston rms, Gainsborough pm|
|September 5th||Weston Rms,Gainsborough|
|September 6th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough pm & Drax@ night|
|September 9th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|September 13th||Lincoln Naval Club|
|October 3rd||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|October 4th||Weston Rms, gainsborough pm & Lincoln @ night|
|October 6th||Sturton le Steeple|
|October 8th||Louth Town Hall|
|October 10th||Cleethorpes Memorial Hall|
|October 11th||Drax Sports & Social Club|
|October 13th||Bury St Edmunds Organ and Keyboard Club.|
|October 14th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|October 24th||Wigton Market Hall|
|November 3rd||Sturton le Steeple|
|November 7th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|November 8th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough pm & Drax @ night|
|November 11th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|November 29th||weston rms Gainsborough pm & Lincoln @ night|
|December 1st||Sturton le Steeple|
|December 5th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough|
|December 6th||Weston Rms, Gainsborough pm|
|December 9th||South Kelsey tea dance|
|December 10th||Louth Town Hall|
|December 12th||Cleethorpes Memorial Hall|
|December 19th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts|
|December 20th||Harworth Organ Enthusists pm Drax @ night|
|December 31st||Morton Village Hall|