The resulting debut CD “Kate Howden and Paul Jones” was launched in April 2000 and though it outsold expectations was initially intended as a extended demo. Through cold calling and mailshots, bookings began to increase. As well as Folk Club bookings, Kate and Paul supported established artists including Niamh Parsons, The Oysterband, Jackie Leven, Coope, Boyes and Simpson. Returning to the studio in August 2000, Kate and Paul recorded “Silver Waters”, an album of 14 jointly penned songs. Released in March 2001, “Silver Waters” received highly complimentary reviews; Since recording “Silver Waters”, Kate and Paul have continued to visit folk clubs around the country, and have established themselves as guests. Through a raised profile in the music press, and the creation of their website : www.howdenjones.co.uk, they attracted increasing attention from folk club organisers and festival promoters. During the summer of 2001 Kate and Paul visited various festivals, including Saddleworth, Saltburn, Whitby, Clitheroe, Wombwell and Fylde, and in July met up with Tony Taffinder.
A skilled multi-Instrumentalist, Tony added guitar, bouzouki, whistles, bass guitar and also voice to a new line-up that became the trio Kate Howden, Paul Jones and Tony Taffinder. Kate, Paul and Tony worked together for 18 months and recorded the third CD ‘Room to Breathe’ in April 2002. In September 2003 Kate and Paul returned to playing as a duo for their autumn tour. During the tour, they were joined at various gigs by guest musicians. Laurence Canty on bass, Sarah Cheffins on fiddle and Trevor Wagstaff on percussion. In November 2003, the combination of these musicians and the “howdenjones” songwriting partnership recorded a live CD, ‘beautiful again’ released in February 2004.
Recorded at Glasson Dock by Dave Angus and Tom Roseburgh of Big Sky Studios, Galashiels, this CD proved the power, beauty and honesty of Kate and Paul’s songs and captured the roller-coaster ride of their live performance. The CD was a live compilation of the songs to date and from it developed a new relationship with Sarah Cheffins as a permanent member. Playing Fiddle and Swedish Nyckelharpa, Sarah added new depth to Kate and Paul’s songs and the three developed a new sound, with Kate focusing on Mandolin and Cajon, and including more instrumental work. Sarah has now left howdenjones as a full-time member to pursue other things. Howdenjones remain as Kate and Paul with a rolling roster of supporting musicians. “Performed with great feeling and superb instrumental skill. This was a splendid performance, and I can no better sum up than by saying that I would travel a considerable distance to see Howdenjones again.
Excellent!” Steve Fox, Bingham Folk Club March 2005 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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