Her first album, “Dog Leap Stairs”, was famously recorded and released for next-to-nothing, yet received great critical acclaim; the magazine Uncut wrote: “With a voice and songs like these, who needed a budget?” It was her second album, “Little Black Numbers”, that gave Kathryn her breakthrough in 2000, garnering a Mercury Music Prize nomination for Album of the Year. Since then, Kathryn has released an impressive string of albums of original songs and carefully selected covers, including “Two” in 2007, “Crown Electric” in 2013 and “Hypoxia” (2015), this last based on Sylvia Plath’s novel, “The Bell Jar”.
Kathryn has collaborated and performed with a wide variety of musicians and artists, including Chris Difford, The Magic Numbers, Neill (son of Ewan) MacColl, Ed Harcourt, Anthony Kerr and the novelist Laura Barnett. She is much in demand as a songwriting tutor, delivering courses for the Arvon Foundation and the Folkestone Songwriting Festival.
If you’ve never heard her music, then we trust you’re in for a pleasant surprise: Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and the Velvet Underground are often cited as influences on her style. Kathryn’s live appearances are always magical evenings of good humour, banter, beautiful vocals, and sheer lyricism and musicality. We look forward greatly to welcoming her to Chesterfield in January 2019.
Ichabod Wolf is a local singer-songwriter. He performs original songs about myth, mortality and unemployment in a distinctive baritone voice. His evocative lyricism draws influence from some of the most significant songwriters of the past sixty years; Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits.