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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.

If you had a song, what would it be?

“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.” Kate Dimbleby as heard on Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music

For years I have made shows about other people’s voices and stories – hiding behind the smooth sophistication of Peggy Lee, the bold blues of Bessie Smith, the fragile tones of Dory Previn.

But I’ve always had another nagging voice in her head – what’s my true story, why am I not 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.

Songbirds weaves songs from my album Songbirds in with a personal story.  

I come from a family of broadcasters with a mother who sang opera at breakfast. “I wanted to embrace that heritage but at the same time find my own voice,” says Kate. Most importantly, I wanted to encourage others to step into their stories and find theirs”

“Stunning vocal virtuosity. An artist absolutely at the top of her game.” Tom Robinson

‘Life affirming’ Sunday Times Artist of the Week
“Part concert, part confessional. A project that is anything but conventional” **** The Times
‘Riveting. Halfway between pop and spirituals. Crystalline and credible” ****Mail on Sunday’
‘fresh, subtle and startling’ The Guardian
‘intriguing, file under one offs’ **** ‘Arts First Night’ The Times

Watch some clips to get a flavour here:

These Things They Will Come, onstage at Bath:

Whatever You Do, with the audience at Bath:

Me looping and talking about the show on London Live: