Kate Dimbleby Sing Happy

Sing Happy – Live show

Sing Happy is a true story about how I found my many voices – and listened, to connect with others and sing myself happy!

It has songs you know and songs you don’t, my vocal looper and my ironing board, a bit of the 40s and 50s, a bit of the 80s, a bit of me and you!

The show was created with my old friend and director Cal McCrystal (Paddington, One Man Two Guvnors) and premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2018.  Since then, I have been on the road, in houses, theatres, village halls – meeting and singing with my audiences.

Each show is different – inspired by you, the audience. If you can hum, you can sing… the music of life!

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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


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Interview with Jenny Murray on Woman’s Hour

One of my favourite interviews about our Dory Previn project on BBC Woman’s Hour.  Performing “Twenty Mile Zone” to a singing, laughing, weeping Jenni Murray was a treat.

Jenni is a Dory fan of old, and asked all the right questions… the 10 minute interview and song is here:

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Kate Dimbleby and Naadia Sheriff perform songs from their Dory Previn album on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour show, 28 June 2012.…

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Singing the sounds of Weston

I’ve spent the autumn visiting Weston-super-Mare, being inspired by singing with the people here, listening to songs and stories and delving into the past at the Weston Museum.

On a beautiful day at the end of September, I arrived at Uphill and was stunned by a new perspective on the town that I’ve previously only known by coming to the seaside from Bristol with my children.

The sun shining, I climbed up to St Nicholas’ church and looked out over Brean Down and the mouth of the river. Taking in the beautiful view, the ancient history of the place struck me powerfully – the church was built in 1080 on the site of a Roman Temple.…

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Video – “Unusual Things Can Happen”

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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.”…

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Singing with the audience at previews of Songbirds at Bath Ustinov

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SONGBIRDS chosen as soundtrack to CENTURY

Very happy that songs from my new album will provide a soundtrack for Chocolate Films’ and 1000 Londoners screening of   ‘Century: 10 Women 10 Decades’ – celebrating women in London and what it is like to be a woman in the city, throughout life.

There are two screenings : one on 16th January at Brixton Ritzy here
and the second at Hackney Picture House on 30th January here

You will see 10 film portraits about brave, pioneering, funny and unique women from 0-100. To complete the experience, we have selected unseen archive of women in London over the past century.

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SONGBIRDS – a work in progress at the Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Thank you to everyone who came along to our scratch performances of “Birdsongs” (now called Songbirds) at the beautiful and intimate Wardrobe Theatre a couple of weeks ago.  Working with Theatre Damfino’s Katy Carmichael and Jack Drewry was a treat and it was fantastic to get the new material up and out there.  Lots to play with before we start touring the show via London, Bristol and beyond next year.  Here is a taster of one of the songs from the show, recorded by Folkstock’s Helen Meisner.  I am planning to record a brand new acapella album of originals to be released in 2017 on the Folkstock label.


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Come into my room…

Working on a new show so made a video from my workroom….

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I’ve got the whole world in my hands..adventures in 360 degree video

Over the past couple of weeks, my husband, uber techie Rupert Howe and I have been mucking about with a 360 degree camera.  Singing spontaneously outdoors, doing interviews, filming family events, whatever next!

My favourite moment, was singing to an unsuspecting squirrel in Brandon Hill Park, Bristol  WATCH HERE

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International Women’s Day Vlog : Use Your Voice

It is too easy to only celebrate women’s voices one day a year.  We are integrated and not separate.  This was a little video I was inspired to make for international women’s day but it applies to EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.



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I very rarely write personal Facebook updates, and never personal Tweets.  I was brought up with a strong sense of the importance of keeping my public and private lives separate – which has not always sat easily with me.
As anyone who gets involved in the business of PR knows, people tend not to be interested in the public self as much as they are the private. It’s been a theme that has dominated my shows and thinking for a long time now.
Yet – here I am – celebrating Christmas in New York with my family and Naadia’s family before we return tomorrow to the business of performing the show every night.  It would be hard to share something more private.  …

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I have started recording regular voice memos on Soundcloud. Sketches of new songs, interviews, thoughts for the day..

And it’s all FREE!

You can sign up to receive the updates as they come in, share tracks and have your say. What do you like, what do you want to hear more of?


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Soul songs for the day

I woke up yesterday with a HUGE to do list.  Overwhelmed, I did what I have started to do much more often…which is make a song.  There and then.  Just open up the mike and see what comes out.

Well, I need a bit of work on lyrics etc. but here it is – rough and ready as the day it was born!

Each day I find myself getting stronger.  Move aside winter, we’re heading for spring!


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End of show jam of “These Boots are made for walking” with a flamenco guitarist I had just met at the bar.  At Pizza Express Dean Street on September 1st.

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I’m Gonna Live The Life

Kate Dimbleby band performing Mahalia Jackson’s “I’m Gonna Live the Life I sing about in my song”

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In the next few months, I am planning to start a new and regular Podcast, working title “The Voices in Our Heads”. An intimate look at the sounds we are affected and surrounded by, the music that shapes us and the music that we make as a result..This will involve spontaneous interviews with anyone and everyone as well as more focused and in depth interviews with established artists, singers and musicians. There will be singing, interesting chat and most likely, a lot of laughter.

To dip my toe in the water, I made this podcast with the wonderful jazz pianist Malcolm Edmonstone, formerly my Musical Director and now Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music.…

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Last chance to hear the Dory Previn Story – at the Theatre Royal, Bath on 16th January

Very happy to have the opportunity to tell this wonderful story once more with the gorgeous pianist/singer Naadia Sheriff.   Dory’s story told in song and words is a great antidote to the idealised images of family perfection in your standard Christmas advert.  Dory Previn was all about accepting our perfect imperfections – failure being a necessary part of growth.

Never has her voice been more relevant in a world so obsessed with the exterior and instant success.

Tickets on sale from 3rd December. BOOK HERE

A good Christmas present.

See you there!


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My wonder director and friend, Cal MCrystal who is out here in New York to get the show up and running (and do a bit of shopping in Bloomingdales sales) says that every show he directs needs to answer the “why” question.  Why this show?  Why do it? Because, let’s face it, unless you are the top 1%, there is really no money in the whole thing.  Ultimately producing any creative project involves 400% more time and thought than ever comes back in actual pounds.  So why?

And it is around now, after the dress rehearsal, before the first audience and press night, that that question looms terrifyingly large.  Because the “what if’s” set in – what if noone comes?…

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