Katie Spencer is a singer songwriter inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Enjoying music from a young age has developed her ever-evolving and infinite musical tastes and influences, including John Martyn and Led Zeppelin. Katie began to teach herself to play the guitar in December 2012 and soon after started writing refreshingly mature songs that quieten the room, as you accompany their characters on evocative and poignant journeys.
Katie is also in the process of creating her debut album alongside Brian Young, featuring Ted McKenna and Foss Paterson, with bass written by Danny Thompson.
"Next up was a young singer-songwriter from Hull, Katie Spencer. I had not seen Katie before but was immediately and hugely impressed. With her reverb-laden acoustic guitar, powerful and original song writing and a voice like warm honey, she was ,for me, the discovery of the festival. I look forward to hearing recorded versions of her songs, such as "Please Don’t Look At Me", "Don’t Take Me As A Fool"and "Can’t Resist The Road". As a fellow John Martyn enthusiast, I also enjoyed Katie’s interpretation of the traditional "Spencer The Rover" and her sensuous version of John’s "Couldn’t Love You More". Katie Spencer is definitely an artist to look out for."
Peter Cowley, FATEA Magazine ~ 08/16
"Katie [is] a young musician who appears to be passionate about her music yet continues to maintain an unassuming, almost diffident stage presence. Selecting from a steadily growing repertoire of self-penned songs, some quite teeny, like 'Incense Skin' for instance, Katie relaxed into her set, seemingly equally at home with her own songs, the odd cover, in this afternoon's case John Martyn's Couldn't Love You More, as well as the occasional instrumental, including the almost ambient Wyndham Hill-styled Warehouse One."
Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky ~ 03/16
“Favourite is singer songwriter Katie Spencer … she has the nerve to introduce a song which, she informs us, is about the fact that however old we may be we’re still all children at heart really. Young people can be infuriating can’t they? The nerve of it. I have stuff in my freezer older than Katie Spencer … At which point she shoots me down in flames with a really great little song that contained one of the best lyrics I’ve heard in years -
'We’re all children
Trying not to mix the play dough
Trying not to turn it brown.'”
Ian Pickles, Louder Than War ~ 06/14
“Every once in a while we are blessed with a singer who is quite simply born to write and perform exquisite songs with confident, gentle assurance. Katie's eclectic musical tastes and influences have helped shape an original and refreshingly credible writer, whose stunning voice delivers assured, mature songs that quieten the room as you accompany their characters on evocative and poignant journeys. I whole heartedly urge you to listen to Katie Spencer so you too will know that the future of English songwriting is in very safe hands indeed. Chin chin.”
Tim O'Connor ~ 04/14
“Young 17 year-old Katie Spencer … charmed the audience with her distinctive breathy voice and uncomplicated guitar style, whilst giant dragonflies hovered above.”
Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky ~ 06/14
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