Kitty Macfarlane heads out on tour in October. Here’s an update.
This October, Kitty Macfarlane stops delving in grassy tussocks and returns to selected venues bringing her trademark tonic for the times we’re in. Sustained by the warm glow of her new band, her songs act as both balm and booster for a world on fire.
Expect music old and new that speaks of eco angst and human connection, Sardinian sea silk seamstresses and migratory marine creatures, mutable skies and plate tectonics, and the fragile threads that bind us all together. The show will balance Kitty’s lightness of spirit with weighty stories – held together by the exhilarating clarity of her voice, empathic songwriting, and heady musicianship.
Her band is made up of Jacob Stoney, a London-based soundsmith, and original co-conspirator on Kitty’s album Namer Of Clouds and Jim Molyneux, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer/producer hailing from Lancashire.
1st – DERBY Folk Festival
3rd – BASINGSTOKE The Anvil*
4th – CAMBRIDGE The Junction
5th – MILTON KEYNES The Stables*
6th – MILTON KEYNES The Stables*
8th – HEXHAM Queen’s Hall
9th – OTLEY. Courthouse
10th – SHEFFIELD Greystones
12th – CARDIFF St David’s Hall
21st – LONDON Cecil Sharp House
25th – BRISTOL Redgrave Theatre
*indicates Duo show
AND – she’s also on tour in November supporting Seasick Steve!
Here’s a tour preview:
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 for the Horizon award, and voted FATEA Female Artist of the Year. Carried by a clear voice ‘controlled yet wild’ (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world.
From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, the coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild.
Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of 2018 and nominated for fRoots Album Of The Year, with airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music.
Away from the stage she has written and presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 (The Essay), Radio 4 (Open Country, Tweet of the Day), guested on the Folk on Foot podcast and performed live in session on BBC Radio 2.