Welcome to my website!
“For years I’ve made shows about other people’s voices and stories – Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Dory Previn. But I’ve always had another nagging voice in my head – what’s my true story, why aren’t I singing it and who are the people on that journey?
So I started listening… from London to the forests of Canada, the streets of New York and Bristol, recording the sounds and people around me. If they had a song, what would it be?
“I wanted to make something where I was so vulnerable, strip away all the other stuff – just alone on stage with no support other than my own voice, as a way of communicating to others this is what it’s about. No good waiting for someone else to do it. All you have is yourself and your voice and walking into the unknown and making relationships with people. And THAT is enough. Me doing that on the stage is just an extreme way of getting that message across. It’s good to articulate these things as I think it’s what makes the whole thing unique. In a way, it’s what I’ve been working towards my whole life.
Songbirds is about the voices we keep locked up inside. About the need for connection – right here, right now. And if it goes ‘wrong’, so what? I’ve realised that the place where things go wrong is where we find the magic.”
Whether you are an Australian Lyre Bird or a Marsh Warbler – come in and join the Birdsongs!
Read more about Kate here…
Songbirds – the live show
A video to explain what I’ve been up to……
The Songbirds album has eleven original songs recorded almost entirely with just my voice, layered – with just a few light touches of instruments in a couple of tracks – written by me and produced by the amazing Lauren Deakin-davies. Read a full press release about the Album here and buy it from Folkstock’s Bandcamp page – I send them myself, so let me know if you’d like it signed and dedicated.
The Songbirds live show is touring at the moment – you can see upcoming show dates in the sidebar on the left and on the Shows page. I’m looking for interesting places to play, so please send suggestions.…
Video – “Unusual Things Can Happen”
4* review of SONGBIRDS Live show in Pop section of The Times
This project has surprised me at every turn – with how it grows and changes and the audience it has attracted. I am feeling thoroughly moved and grateful. First Radio 6 music and now a POP review in the Times!
Here is the review of the live launch at NOW gallery