Author: Katy Rose Bennett

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 @ 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


Gig at Ort cafe, Birmingham this Friday 3rd July, 2015

This Friday, 3rd July 2015, I will be playing a little gig at the delectable Ort cafe on Moseley road, Balsall Heath. Details here at

Support comes from the lovely Kate Wilkins. I last played with Kate at The Kate Kate Kate Kate show curated by Abie Budgen back in October 2014.

Here’s a little video of our finale that night Singing!

Gig starts 8.30pm and it’s a mere £4 in – cheaper than a Travel WM Daysaver!

Hope to see you there!

Katy Rose B. X

Wood Festival 2015

If, like me,  you have spent the last two days despairing at the results of the general election, it may help to remember that there are some people in this world who do think like you do. 

You’re likely to find a fair few of them next weekend (15-17th May 2015) at the Wood Festival in deepest Oxfordshire. 3 nights and 2 days of folkish music, workshops and communing with nature with a thousand other people. 

I’ve been involved every year except 2014 and I am delighted to be returning. It has always provided me with a warm feeling of community and joint endeavour where everyone is involved in making or playing or doing, not just a passive audience member. I’ll be leading singing workshops on Saturday evening (lullabies) and Sunday morning (world harmony) and performing a solo set Sunday afternoon, previewing songs from my forthcoming album. (I’ve been saying ‘forthcoming’ for 5 years but I promise you that it is on it’s way – it may be taking the B roads but it will get here soon!)

For more info on other acts performing (Including Tunng) and on the vast array of workshops (hula-hooping to samba to felt-making) and how to buy tickets etc, go to

Hope to see you there!

Peace out.

Katy Rose x

Birmingham gig this Wednesday 2nd October 2013 with Kirsty McGee

Hi all,

I’m just learning a few harmonies to sing with the lovely Kirsty McGee at The Kitchen Garden Cafe this Wednesday 2nd October 2013. It should be a good’un, 7.30pm doors, 8pm music.

For more info:

Check out Kirsty’s music here:

Wednesday 2nd October 2013
8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets: £9 adv
Kitchen Garden cafe
York Rd, Kings Heath, B14 7SA
Tel: 0121 443 4725

Over and out!



News August 2013

Hello there!

My apologies that it’s been a while since the last update.

Here’s details of a few gigs coming up: Wallingford Bunkfest, Oxfordshire on Saturday 31st July 2013 and Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham on Wednesday 2nd October 2013…

Saturday August 31st – Wallingford Bunkfest, (Solo set; 4.30pm at the Portcullis Club. See for more details. I’ll also be leading a singing workshop from 10:00 – 11:30 at Centre 70, Wallingford. Details here.

Wednesday 2nd October 2013 – Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham. See here for details. A double-header bill of Kirsty Mcgee and me. Should be a delightful evening of intimate song-sharing. Doors 7.30pm. Music 8pm. Tickets £9 from the cafe. Tel: 0121 443 4725; email: or

Here’s a picture by photographer Mr Dougie Coulter of the impromptu choir performance at the Wood Festival in May this year:
Katy Rose and the Cavalry Parade

Here’s  a picture from last month’s truck festival with some other Truck ‘Veterans’ Luke Smith and Rachael Dadd: Here on Twitter and a review of the festival by Mr Rob Powell here

Yes – I only have one shirt!

Feel free to come and say hello via Twitter or Facebook


Katy Rose Bennett

Wood Festival – keep the fire burning

It’s been a week and a half since the utopian bubble that is the Wood Festival. On the way home back to Birmingham by train on the Sunday night, I could still feel the warm glow of belonging to the (albeit temporary) Wood community: people brought together by love of music, of the earth, of creativity, of shared experience. Then I reached the cold, sterile surroundings of the ‘new’ New Street station and gradually that feeling was replaced by the need to get home without any of my belongings going missing.

This was one of my musical highlights of the weekend – the wonderful Wood Brothers, headlining on the Saturday night:

I’m always a little disappointed that the real world isn’t the same as the Wood world. That people don’t say hello as you walk past. That people don’t burst in to spontaneous song round campfires. That people don’t let their kids run around in fields barefoot, chasing bubbles with wooden swords.

And it got me thinking that, maybe, a little bit of that Wood spirit can continue through our lives in the months between Woods and we can refuel it each year when we return. And, maybe, that’s the point.

So, wherever you are, say ‘Hello’ to the people that walk down your road.

Find a green space that you can lie or dance or sing in. (This is mine).

Learn how to make felt flowers.

And give yourself a day every so often with your phone switched off.

Keep the Wood fire burning until the next time.