Hers is an unusual and intriguing soundscape, rejoicing in a subtle and unpretentious use of a variety of instrumental colours and timbres. With unobtrusive production by Robert Harbron, there's a homespun, primitive immediacy to the proceedings that's really attractive. Kate's songwriting is honest and succinct, understated and refreshingly non-self-indulgent. The standout tracks for me are highly contrasted: on one hand the disturbing, stark and broodingly strange Midnight, which tells of a modern-day haunting, and on the other the comforting haven of the beautiful Beyond The Silence.
Kate's work is quietly stunning. (Stirrings Magazine) Kate's Biog: Raised on porridge and song in a family of eccentric musicians in Reading. Great ambition to be a diplomat so studied languages very hard, and lived in France and Spain. Got a mad idea to walk back to Spain one day... Wrote my first song at 19 and worked with my brother Colin on crafting and recording songs. Lived in France and decided I should have studied music after all.
After failing to get into the Foreign Office, recession left me unemployed and so I took to playing music all night under Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway bridges at Kennetmouth, Reading. Bought a Narrowboat to live on. Everyone said it was a phase. I still have the boat. It's green at the moment.
Formed a band, called Epona, which did really well. Played mostly my songs, usually written in collaboration with one or both brothers. Nancy Kerr came to play with us, and then Tony Lyons. Made an album, which included a song about walking to Spain... Started teaching voice.
Took time out to train as music teacher. Started writing and performing solo. Met Corwen who also wanted to walk to Spain... Wrote a song about being nearly ready to walk to Spain... Walked to Spain. Came home by bus and decided to record solo album at last now walking to Spain out of the way.
Moved in with Corwen and started teaching in Dorset. Walked across Norway. Just for fun. Recorded my solo album, Fruit, with Robert Harbron doing all the techy stuff. We had a lot of fun in caravans. Read more on Last.fm.
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