23 February 2017
Folkstock Records are proud to be recording and releasing SONGBIRDS, Kate Dimbleby’s unique album of eleven original songs written and performed almost exclusively by her voice alone.
With just the lightest sprinkling of keys and tamborine in a couple of tracks, these gems are recorded with no other musicians – Kate layers her voice, with techniques inspired by learning with vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin.
Kate’s “soul” songs have an improvised feel that soar above the hubbub by breaking away from conventional instrumentation and song structure, elevating the listener into a world where anything might happen.
Kate says, “I wanted to go in with just my voice and without instruments so that you don’t get any of the associations that usually spring up, ‘Oh, it’s that kind of thing’.…
Kate Dimbleby and Friends
Released 06 June 2014
Love Comes Again was recorded in transition – literally. I started it as a 39-year-old Londoner aged 39 and finished it as a 40-year-old Bristolian.
I wanted to do a stock take. I’ve spent the past 20 years singing live – with fleeting recording collaborations which rarely captured the range of material I like to perform. I needed to record some of that music with the band I love.
And so you’ll find a little-known Simon and Garfunkel track alongside a Mahalia Jackson spiritual. Kirsty MacColl and Divine Comedy are nestled in alongside Cab Calloway, with some originals to keep things fresh.
The album release was celebrated with a wonderful gig at Ronnie Scotts last year.…
BY KATE DIMBLEBY AND NAADIA SHERIFF
Released 07 January 2013
A collaboration between Kate Dimbleby (‘undoubtedly one of Britain’s finest female Jazz singers.’ Broadway World) and Naadia Sheriff (“Dazzling pianist” The Times) exploring the extraordinary songbook of cult favourite Dory Previn, the queen of 70’s confessional songwriters who died on Valentine’s Day this year, 40 years after the release of her most successful album Mythical Kings and Iguanas.
Previn, who was married to composer André Previn until he left her for Mia Farrow, used her extraordinary tragic life story as material for her often hilarious, touching and musically brilliant songs.
In 2010, Kate performed Dory Previn’s most famous song “Lady with the Braid” every night for five weeks as part of her live show at the New End Theatre in Hampstead.…
KATE DIMBLEBY BAND
Momma Records 2009
An original songwriting debut from a singer acclaimed as “One of the most versatile singers on the blues/jazz circuit” Clive Davis, The Times. As a jazz/cabaret singer, Kate has released two albums, toured internationally and appeared regularly on national radio. After an extended maternity leave, this album sees her reunited with her longstanding band. Featuring Malcolm Edmonstone on piano, Jonty on bass and Ben Reynolds. With guest performances from Nigel Price on guitar and Simon Allen on sax.
The band have toured together for years and gained critical acclaim for the energy and rapport of their live performances. This is the first time they have recorded together and is Dimbleby’s debut as a songwriter showcasing a collection of songs inspired by her retreat to a remote community in western Canada.…
Kate Dimbleby (Artist), Geoff Eales (Artist)
Released 2002 on Black Box
Kate’s second album, Ain’t This Cosy, was released by Black Box Music inspired by her critically acclaimed show about the life and music of Peggy Lee and recorded with the Geoff Eales trio. The album was released in 2000 to accompany a 50 date sell-out national tour of Fever! The Making of Peggy Lee, written by Lucy Powell. The show went on to tour Australia and New Zealand and Kate was asked to devise a show with the BBC Big Band at the Festival Hall in 2003 which went on to tour theatres around the UK.
Kate Dimbleby: Vocals
Geoff Eales: Piano
Roy Babbington: Bass
Mark Fletcher: Drums…
Kate’s debut album, produced by Richard Niles and released by Black Box in 1995. With a stellar group of UK jazz musicians, the album includes reworkings of songs by the Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Nick Drake.
Produced by Richard Niles, released by Black Box Music
Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Backing Vocals: Richard Niles
Bass: Mark Hodgson
Drums, Cymbal: Ian Thomas
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar: John Parricelli
Piano, Organ, Synthesizer: Steve Hamilton
Saxophone: Nigel Hitchcock
Vocals: Kate Dimbleby …
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