~Highlights of 2016~
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Iain Morrison & Michael Chorney ~ 01/17
I’m chuffed to be given the opportunity to support Iain and Michael in Alstonefield next month. It will be magical. Watch Iain on Transatlantic Sessions here (alongside some other grooving musicians). Following this gig I’ll be doing three other dates in Derby and the area in January – head to the dates page to find out when and where.
Masterclass ~ 04/17
There are already some exciting things a-foot in 2017, one being the opportunity to provide a ‘masterclass’ in songwriting at an all girls school in Kent! Dates to follow, including gigs in the surrounding area.
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees ~ 12/16
I first met Martin in September 16, where I supported him at a wonderful gig in Hull. This led to more dates supporting the gang on their 30th Anniversary of Boat To Bolivia Tour: so many gorgeous memories were made at King Tuts in Glasgow, and Sheffield O2 Academy. Apparently The Daintees opened up the first gig at King Tuts back in the 80’s, so the house was rammed with a massive vibe. I was also blown away by Nicky Murray and Chloe Rodgers who also opened up for Martin, here is their website. Also, check out the Daintees’ re-release of Boat To Bolivia here.
Amsterdam ~ 12/16
What a way to kick off December?! I was chuffed to be a part of the Tribfest Minicruise across to Amsterdam – it was a feast for the senses, with acoustic music, comedy and tributes. Amsterdam was beautiful, and full of songs yet to be written.
FATEA Compilation ~ 11/16
Keep your eyes peeled for a free, downloadable album from FATEA containing a handful of their favourite tracks. A live version of ‘Talk’ will feature, and I’m excited.
Musicport ~ 10/16
I loved Musicport. It was breezy and horrible outdoors, but inside Whitby Pavilion it was full of smiles and gorgeous music. Highlights (aside from playing the North Sea Stage + Rusty Shears) were watching Sarah Jane Morris, and Arstidir. Magic.
The Same Water ~ 10/16
John Doyle at Wake The Deaf described Short Film: ‘The Same Water’ as “a Western soundscape of which Ry Cooder would be proud”. You can read his full review here. You may have heard that 100 Limited Edition Live EP’s were for sale – these have all sold out now, but you can still download the digital EP here! To the left are some stunning photographs of our beautiful Premiere night, at Kardomah94, Hull – taken by Viceversarobbi Fotografia.
Roy Harper ~ 09/16
We took a trip to Manchester to catch a glimpse of Roy Harper on his 75th Birthday Celebration Tour. He is a magician, opening up with a song he described as being written when ‘reminiscing at 17 years of age’. I thought it was a hilarious (and unfortunately relatable) remark.. Left is a photo of a world famous rockstar posing with some guy on the streets of Manchester.
Katie Spencer: A Short Film (+ Premiere) ~ 09/16
I have been working with the support of local charity, The Warren to create a short film about my musical journey so far. Filmed and directed by Patrick Mateer, the film will feature live performances with interviews and more. Read what Patrick said about our first session together, here.
On Tuesday 4th October, we are having a Premiere of the Film at Kardomah94, Hull. It is free for everyone to come along and will feature live performances with special guest appearances too. Doors are at 7:30pm, come and party.
FATEA Magazine ~ 08/16
"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."
Read more of this wonderful review here from Peter Cowley at FATEA, of Folk On The Farm.
BBC Radio Humberside ~ 08/16
Yesterday I chatted to James Hoggarth on BBC Radio Humberside about upcoming gigs with Rob Peirson playing fretless bass. We can’t wait for Hedfest! You can hear the interview, and my performance of ‘East Coast Railroad’ here, at about 1:19:00.
Yorkshire Gig Guide, Grassroots Awards 2016 ~ 07/16
Delighted to have been nominated in the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards for:
4. Outstanding Contribution of 2016
9. Outstanding Artist of 2016
11 Outstanding Songwriting of 2016
Thanks to whoever nominated/has voted! Voting closes on Wednesday 31st August. To vote, click here.
Videos ~ 07/16
I’m heading into Hull this next week with Stewart Baxter and Patrick Mateer to get some groovy live videos filmed. Eyes and ears.
Anglesey to Liverpool to Bradford ~ 07/16
Folk on the Farm was a little piece of paradise on the Isle of Anglesey and a pure pleasure to play. There is a photo to the left, which shows the stunning view from the Main Stage – right across the bay and far out to the blue sea (a rare sight for an East Yorkshire lass, used to a murky brown tide)! Not only was the festival filled with beautiful like-minded people, there was a wonderful real-ale bar and a flower power shower. Dang.
The proceeds of the festival go to the work carried out at Tyddyn Môn, a farm founded by the parents of adults with learning difficulties who wanted a more constructive and rewarding occupation for their children. Find out more here.
From Anglesey, we travelled like snails with our home on our back to Liverpool, where I played a couple of lovely nights – a favourite being The Magnet. Then through the scorching sun to Bradford, at the Topic Folk Club, supporting Robb Johnson. His perfectly political songs thrived in the ‘Oldest Folk Club in the World’. When the club started out, it was the height of the Cold War, with Suez and the Hungarian Uprising dominating the headlines. From its very beginnings it was an opportunity for like-minded folk to get together, talk politics and sing folk songs. Proper job.
John Martyn Gathering ~ 06/16
This year, the Gathering grouped together even more JM fans and the music on offer was more diverse than ever. If you’d like to be a part of this special event next year, take a look at the John Martyn Group on FB and express an interest. It’s magic. This year saw a favourite of mine: Fraser Anderson with Bex Baxter on angelic vocals. He has just released a new album which you can take a look at here. Phil Shackleton, an old friend of John’s also came along and played for a little while – blew me away in seconds, and his stories of days with Martyn are hysterical. Happy days.
We are awayke ~ 05/16
Showbiz and sweat. Two words perfectly akin to tonight at the Adelphi in Hull. An electric line-up with Funke and the Two Tone Baby, and The Dyr Sister.
Landaaan ~ 05/16
Rob and I took a hot trip down to the smoke to catch a fierce gig with the Band of Friends – the music of Rory Gallagher with Marcel Scherpenzeel, Gerry McAvoy and wonderful friend Ted McKenna. It was a bit bloody good, so get yersens down to see them soon and keep an ear out for a release of mine with McKenna’s drums ringing out. Yah.
BBC Introducing ~ 05/16
Great fun was had when I took a journey to BBC Introducing Humberside to record a live show. We got excited about upcoming shows, such as the John Martyn Gathering and Folk on the Farm.
Filey Folk Festival ~ 05/16
This seaside festival is always a blast, and totally free too. A huge highlight of mine was playing alongside Rob Peirson on fretless bass, when we supported Sally Barker. See a cracking photo taken by Rich Duffy of Loudhailer.
Wizz Jones ~ 03/16
The Green Note in Camden saw a sold-out gig featuring the main man Wizz Jones and his son, Simeon. It was a beautiful night with Dariush Kanani supporting. I also had a smashing vegan stir-fry for tea. Magic.
Moonbeams March Folk Weekend ~ 03/16
This festival is very cool, we all had great fun. Particular favourites who were appearing over the weekend were Chris While and Julie Matthews, and of course RnB legends: The Alligators. Here is a lovely review from Northern Sky.
Curved Air ~ 04/16
I am delighted to say that I’ll be supporting the legendary Curved Air at Howden Shire Hall in April. Tickets can be found here.
More work on the album in Glasgow ~ 01/16
Another visit to Cava saw Foss Paterson laying down some keys, and interpreting Danny Thompson’s bass lines. It is sounding wonderful with his delicate additions, I’m excited to release the album very soon!
Celtic Connections ~ 01/16
Whilst in Glasgow, Celtic Connections was a’happening and it was beautiful. After enjoying the surprises of the Late Night Festival Club we journeyed to the Concert Hall for a Concert for Bert Jansch. Robert Plant, Ryley Walker and Martin Simpson were amongst those performing a tribute to Jansch and the night was perfect. If you haven’t been before: head to Celtic Connections!
New Guitar ~ 01/16
An exciting moment during the latest visit to Glasgow was when I found a gorgeous Guild F50-R. It has Rosewood back and sides, making it incredibly mellow and a lovely contrast to my beautiful Taylor JKSM! New songs are already appearing.
Moonbeams Folk Weekend + Folk on the Farm
This year sees appearances at the renowned Moonbeams March Folk Weekend, alongside wondrous musicians such as Holy Moly and the Crackers and Edwina Hayes. And also, Folk on the Farm in Anglesey where Virginia Kettle, of Merry Hell will be performing too – not to be missed!
~Highlights of 2015~
Big love and thanks to you, friends! See you next year (with an album!)..
Save St Mary’s, Beverley ~ 12/15
As part of the Save St Mary’s campaign, The Speak Easy in Hull hosted a concert to raise money for this historical church. Six acts played throughout the night and it was very special indeed. I also got the chance to hear and meet Fraser Anderson, who has lovely stories to tell.
A video of my version of John Martyn’s ‘Couldn’t Love You More’ can be found here.
Cornucopia ~ 09/15
Cornucopia was the last festival of the season for us, and it was certainly a highlight – beautiful weather, gorgeous people and groovy music. Initially I played on the sunny Courtyard Stage, which was a great setting (at Burton Constable, East Yorkshire). Later in the day I found myself on the Main Stage, after I was asked to fill in for someone who couldn’t make it. Overall the festival was a feast for the senses and we’ll be sure to visit it again.
Ryley Walker ~ 08/15
I stumbled across Ryley Walker earlier this year and fell in love. He is described as “the reincarnation of the true American guitar player”. We turned up at the venue in Farndale, it was reminiscent of a tin shed. Everyone in the crowd – and Ryley – seemed to have a whale of a time listening to his cracking guitar playing and groovy songs. We are going again in 2016 to see him with Danny Thompson –wey!
HedFest ~ 08/15
It was HedFest’s debut this year, and it triumphed. It was lovely to play in Hedon’s St Augustine’s Church, on the ReCOGnition stage – the acts all sounded and looked superb.
Festival8 ~ 07/15
I would recommend checking out this lovely little festival, nestled in Lincolnshire. The Woodland Stage is beautiful to play, as you’re surrounded by nature and loving people. Groovy.
Debut Album in Glasgow ~ 07/15 --
Since the John Martyn Gathering a lot has happened. Big thanks to Jim Mcknight for making this all happen – I’m now creating my debut album with the lovely Brian Young and Geoff Allen, of Cava Studios in Glasgow. Special thanks to Danny Thompson for writing some beautiful bass parts, to Ted McKenna for making it all swing on the drums and Tim O’Connor for generally being ace with guitar, vocals and smiles!
John Martyn Gathering ~ 06/15
It was here in Hardraw, at the Green Dragon where I met some very beautiful people. It was so warm to be surrounded by fellow John fans, and extraordinary to watch some of the musicians who played with John too. It was here that I met the cracking Danny Thompson and good friend Jim Mcknight – both of whom have played huge parts in getting my debut album on the go up in Glasgow. There will be another Gathering for John Martyn fans and friends in 2016, at The Green Dragon, Hardraw.
Beverley Folk Festival ~ 06/15
For the second year I played Beverley Folk Festival, only this year was slightly more damp than last! In contrast, the atmosphere in Leila’s Moonbeams Marquee was as sunny as ever with giant dragons hovering overhead and sun-ripened hay bales. The whole festival was smashing and had an outstanding line-up – my favourite being Wizz Jones – I was constantly captured by his songs and insane guitar playing.
Chris Wood ~ 06/15
Last year my good friend, Tim lent me a CD by a guy called Chris Wood. What had I been missing?! I have since become an addict.. Later, a chance to support Chris in Hull came along and the night was beautiful. Chris’ story-telling takes you to the time and place, and you live his songs. Gorgeous.
The Processed Pea Folk Club ~ 04/15
For the Pea’s 45th Birthday gig I was humbled to be the guest. It was a wonderful, packed house full of friends – old and new. A video of my songs from the night can be found here.
Nick Harper ~ 03/15
Queuing up outside The Backroom in Cottingham, I had no idea of what I was in for (except that little glimpse we caught during soundcheck!) Finally being allowed entry, we were faced with Mr Harper and the show began. I can safely say I have never been more dumbfounded. He was incredible - memories were made.
Poland ~ 02/15
What can I say? Poland is a beautiful place with a different, rich history behind each corner of Krakov. Their architecture is like nothing I’ve ever witnessed before – from solid gold domes, to creaky wooden doors. During my brief (yet packed) few days staying in Krakov I got the chance to hear some traditional Polish music, involving some bird-like vocals, unusual dancing and beautiful flute playing! It’s definitely on the list of places to visit once my parents and I have purchased that campervan!
Two Coats Colder ~ 02/15
Twenty fifteen kicked off in a wonderful way! Our friends from Essex came to headline at our gig, which we put on at the Endsleigh Centre in Hull (the décor in there is magnificent and made a gorgeous setting). Two Coats Colder did a couple of stunning sets after I kicked off the show, then followed by Hull’s very own mastermind – Tim O’Connor. Keep an eye on Two Coats Colder here. And Tim here.
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© Katie Spencer 2017