SHOWS

Songbirds at the Tobacco Factory Theatres

Tobacco Factory, Bristol
30th April 2017
2.30pm and 7.30pm

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Songbirds at Kinkerswell Church, Newton Abbott

Kinkerswell Church, Newton Abbott, Devon
14th May
8pm

KATE DIMBLEBY presents

SONGBIRDS

What’s your song? Not your favourite song but the one inside you that defines who you are?

Kate Dimbleby has spent 20 years singing other people’s stories – hiding behind Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Dory Previn. but a voice in her head kept nagging “What’s my story and why aren’t I singing it?’

Featuring songs from Kate’s sixth album (as heard on Radio 2) and released on Folkstock Records in February, SONGBIRDS is created with just a vocal looper and a head full of memories. Inspired by ‘Don’t worry be happy’ vocal virtuoso and mentor Bobby McFerrin

With a special guest in the second half

“A marvelous storyteller with a golden voice” Upon the Sacred Stage New York

**** The Times
“a voice of pure velvet, she has magnetic stage presence and captivates her audience” Glasgow Herald

Written and performed by Kate Dimbleby

Directed and devised with Katy Carmichael…

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Songbirds at Deal Astor Theatre

Astor Theatre, Deal
20th May 2017
8pm

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Songbirds, Brighton

Brighton Spiegeltent, Brighton Festival
21st May 2017
7pm

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Songbirds 16th June

Bedford Park Festival
16th June
TBC

Songbirds in aid of Dimbleby Cancer Care

St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey
21st June 2017
7.30pm

Description

If you had a song, what would it be?

The singing daughter of Britain’s great broadcasting family of voices weaves powerful,soulful acapella original songs with stories of singing with Bobby McFerrin, stepping out of Peggy Lee’s shadow and listening to find the song in everyone.

Songbirds weaves songs from Kate’s critically acclaimed original a capella album Songbirds (released in February by Folkstock Records and featured on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music) with a personal story. Using techniques inspired by her work with virtuoso Bobby McFerrin, directed and devised with Katy Carmichael from Theatre Damfino and using a vocal looper to layer her voice and interact directly with her audience. The result is a unique and engaging audience experience, different at each performance.…

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Kate Dimbleby and Keith Warmington 17th Sept

Bath Chapel Arts
17th September 2017
8pm

Brand new musical pairing of acclaimed singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby and much loved Keith Warmington on harmonica/guitar and vocals. Songs about life, loss and a lot of laughter born out of friendship and finding common ground. This is a show that will make you laugh, cry and have you humming out the door.

“Despite covering songs written and/or sung by legends – Bonnie Raitt, Kirsty MacColl, John Mayall, Leonard Cohen, Etta James, Richard Thompson – I’ve never heard most of them before but love the richness and diversity of this collection. Dimbleby most certainly has a penchant for the quirky and her rendition of Ruth Brown’s peculiar ‘If I can’t Sell It, I’ll Sit On It’ will later have me busily spotifying this new to me 1950s R&B soulstress and, most probably, tweeting Craig Charles about her.…

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Songbirds, Nailsea

Nailsea Tithe Barn
14th October
TBC

Songbirds Bristol Album launch – Rise Records, Queen Street, Bristol

Rise Records
2nd March 2017
6pm

BRISTOL ALBUM LAUNCH

Free of charge. Come early to get a seat!…

Songbirds, The Bike Shed Theatre Exeter

The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
19th March
7.30pm

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WHAT'S NEW

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

READ 4* REVIEW BY CLIVE DAVIS

REVIEWS : WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT “SONGBIRDS”

Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music, Sat 4 Feb 2017:
“When we’re choosing the tapes, the only thing that counts is what comes out of the speakers. And what came out of the speakers with this next track completely blew me away. This is an artist called Kate Dimbleby – the track is Musical Boxes…
“It’s been a very good week for the BBC Introducing Mixtape. And that one is a stunner.
“She studied with Bobby McFerrin in New York and, you know, she’s put in the time. Those 10,000 hours have been applied to honing that craft. And that is a woman, an artist absolutely at. the. top. of. her. game.”…

Singing with the audience at previews of Songbirds at Bath Ustinov