Summer 2017 News: new pastures, allotments and Music on the Marr Festival

Hello folks!

It’s been a long while since I shared any news on here – and that’s mostly because there hasn’t been any! Truth be told, I’ve been having a bit of a break from writing and performing for the last 6 months or so. 

I’m getting back to performing a little this Summer with my first show in Leicester a few weeks ago, a fundraising gig at my local allotments a few days ago (here’s a clip from then of my interpretation of a song by another Katy) and in a few weeks, my only festival of the summer at the wonderful Music on the Marr 2017 up in Cumbria.

Maybe see you there!

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UK Unsigned Songwriter Competition and other news…

Happy Autumn to you all.

I just found out that I’ve reached the regional ‘heats’ of the UK Unsigned Songwriter Competition.

I’m not massively in to musical competitions but this one feels a bit different. Anything which raises the profile of unknown songwriters (who don’t have wads of cash to pay for radio play or press coverage) must be a good thing – and it’s raising money for charity!

My ‘heat’ will be next Wednesday the 28th at The Caffé Nero store at 8/9 Lower Temple St, Birmingham B2 4JD at 7pm so any kind hecklers would be welcome. I’ll be playing 2 songs. Whether I get through or not, it feels good to be given a platform and to play my songs to new folk! And there’ll be coffee!

In other news, it was a pleasure to play at Moseley Folk Festival a few weeks ago for a tribute to the late Paul Murphy organised by my friend Abie Budgen. We had the chance to play the songs again last night (20/09/16) at The Jam House for the Sifa Fireside fundraiser event celebrating the musical legacies of both Paul and fellow Northern Irish songwriter Rich McMahon. A beautiful evening of music and song and spoken word.

A few other gigs coming up over the next month or so…

Saturday October 15th, English Folk Expo, Bury (delegate-only event)

Wednesday October 19th, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham. Solo set supporting Austin Lucas and some blokes called The Dreaming Spires

Friday November 4th, St George’s Hall, Bewdley , Worcestershire. 7.30pm; 4-piece band show. This should be a cracker!

Cheers, y’all.

Peace.

KRB x

News, July 2016

Well, it’s been a busy month or two here in the land of the River Rea…Here are a few musings…

Radio/Podcasts

Back in June, I did a lovely little live session for John Bowlt’s Cotswold Country show on North Cotswold Community Radio . My drive from Birmingham to the studio was a little hair-raising as my sat-nav sent me to the wrong place (yada yada…) and I arrived only in the nick of time having reversed my car in to a ditch en route!

I’ve been getting a few radio plays on the lovely Baylen Leonard’s The Front Porch show on Amazing Radio and One Day  was featured on the Amazing Tunes #TunesWeLove playlist back in May.

That nice young man, Mr Robb Powell featured a couple of tracks from the album on his Band of Badgers Presents podcast too!

Brum Radio featured One Day on their ‘A list’ playlist back in June and tomorrow, August 1st sees the release of Fatea Magazine’s Autumn 2016 Showcase Session (a free, downloadable playlist) which features Fried Green Tomatoes from the new album. Lots of fabulous new music on there too so go and check it out!

I’ve had  few plays on various other UK shows too – thank you Ange Hardy and her Folk Radio Diary for lots of ideas – it’s a really helpful resource for independent/unsigned musicians.

Reviews:

Since the last blog post, there have been some more great album reviews coming in:

This week, americana UK described it as

“Part folk, part Americana, part pop, part jazz, all gorgeous”

(which was very nice) and David Kidman wrote a very fine review for Fatea Magazine here, as did the lovely folk of Shire Folk – which is an actual paper thing! – you can read that here.

Gigs & Festivals:

Yesterday, I played at the Big Family Festival just down the road from me near Kingsbury. It was interesting. There was some great food and a friendly vibe, but not much ‘live’ music – most acts were singing or dancing to backing tracks. Not quite my cup of tea. An experience, nonetheless. However, I did get a splendid group of 25 people for an acappella singing workshop making sweet, ragged vocal harmony!

Last weekend, I played a solo gig Kitchen Koncert down in Seaton (Devon) in the (large) Kitchen of Peter & Hilary. It was delightful! I would love to more of this kind of gig – totally acoustic – so drop me a line if you’d like me to come and play a gig in your living room or kitchen or garden!

Two weeks ago, I had a blast playing with a full band on the Saloon Stage at Truck Festival, Oxfordshire.

The week before that, I played at the exclusive MiddyFest in Hay-on-Wye so all in all, that’s a tour by my standards!

I  think I need a lie-down after all that.

I’m currently booking gigs for October/November 2016, February/March 2017 and Spring/Summer Festival season 2017 so get in touch if you’d like me to come and play or run harmony singing workshops at a festival or venue.

Love your neighbour.

Peace.

Katy Rose x

 

 

Album news, festivals and music-making

So, it’s been a busy few months since the launch of ‘Songs of The River Rea’. The album has been getting some lovely reviews from the likes of Three Chords and the TruthFolking.comNorthern Sky Magazine and Band of Badgers.

Here is some of what they say:

“Eleven exquisitely crafted songs” Three Chords and the Truth UK

“There’s something in Katy’s voice that evokes melancholy yet is never morose nor overly sad. In fact there’s a sort of joy in the way she writes and how the songs are delivered… beautifully tender… Katy’s stories are always thoroughly convincing and at times they tug at the heartstrings” Northern Sky Magazine

“Nothing short of a masterpiece of songwriting, musicianship and production…Engaging, captivating and quite frankly, flawless” Band of Badgers Presents

The album’s been getting a bit of radio play around the UK too including being featured album on Mike Davies’ alternative roots show on Brum radio – listen Here

We had a splendid time at Wood Festival in May with two packed-out singing workshops and a full-band set on the main stage. Here we are singing My Friend with the Wood Festival choir and a few younger Bennetts too:

Looking forward to a few gigs coming up in July – see gigs page for more details:
Sunday 17th July – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire 

Saturday 23rd July – Kitchen Koncert, Devon. Details TBC

Saturday 30th July – Big Family Festival

Thanks for all the support!

Tararabit.

Katy x

New album ‘Songs of the River Rea’ out NOW!

After 2 years in the making, I am delighted to announce the release of my new album ‘Songs of the River Rea’ on 25th April 2016.

You can buy it digitally from CDBaby and iTunes and various other places. I’ll be selling physical copies at all my forthcoming gigs – next up Wood Festival on 22nd May 2016

We had a splendid sold-out launch gig at The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath last Sunday 24th April with a full band and support from Co-Pilgrim.

Here’s the opening song of the album, Cold November Day, from the night:

New Album launch gig at Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, 24th April 2016

I am pleased to announce that I will be launching the new album ‘Songs of the River Rea’ at the fabulous Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham on 24th April 2016. Details here and tickets available from here. I’ll have a small band for the show and the ticket price includes a CD copy of the album. 

Joe and I are currently finishing mixing down at the Truck Studio in Oxfordshire. I’ll be putting up a few tasters of the album in the coming months. More album details soon.

It’s been a long wait but we’re finally (nearly) there!

Thank you!

Katy x

New Album ‘Songs of the River Rea’ nearly finished

Hi folks,

I’m excited to reveal that the new album, entitled Songs of the River Rea, is  nearly ready. The album will feature 11 original songs including ‘Driving Home‘ and ‘Cold November Day‘ (see below for Youtube clips). Thanks Gordon Dipple for filming!


I’ve been recording the new album with my brother Joe Bennett (of The Dreaming Spires and Co-Pilgrim) at Truck Studios on occasional weekends over the last 18 months.

Once finished, we hope to release the album in Spring 2016 and will be having a little UK tour to promote the release. If you’ve got any ideas of venues or festivals I could play (either solo, duo or with a band), drop me a line (email: katyrosebennett @ gmail.com or twitter @ktbennett ) or if you’d like me to come and play a house concert, let me know!

I know it’s been a long time coming but it’s very nearly there – Thank you for your patience!

Over and out.

Katy Rose x