BIO

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Raised in the East Yorkshire flatlands on the fringes of Hull, Katie Spencer’s landscape has always been that of open skies and widening rivers. Industry still shapes the city here. The people, as with the land, are moulded by tides and stark horizons. Stand in the same place for long enough and you can watch the sun rise over the North Sea and then sink into crop fields, glowing auburn in late-summer sun. It is this sense of space and movement that flows through Katie Spencer’s music.

The songwriting, and most notably her guitar playing stems from a time when the steel-stringed instrument was truly finding its voice. Artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and perhaps most evidently Michael Chapman, flow into her sound, carrying with them the warmth and idealism of the early 70’s folk and songwriter movements.

Katie Spencer’s highly anticipated new album, The Edge of the Land (2022), follows her debut release, Weather Beaten (2019) which was praised for its unique song-craft, spell-binding musicianship and crystal sonic clarity, as she brought together fans of music from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Delicate and un-rushed, the ten songs on The Edge of the Land drift by like ships on the horizon, yet intimacy and introspection still remain.

The inclusivity found in her recorded works is most apparent when on stage, with a personal connection and humour that allows the listener time to appreciate the emotion of the music. Her historical gig list is extensive, taking in the world-renowned Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival, whilst performances with Danny Thompson and Alan Thomson have left audiences in awe of her confidence and craftsmanship.

As live music returns to our world, we can expect to see Katie Spencer where she belongs once more, eyes closed, in the moment, performing.

“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song.” – Ralph McTell​

“The way Katie plays is never contrived, showy or imitative; it sounds true … a world-class folk guitarist”- fRoots

“Great discoveries are always a pleasure and Katie Spencer’s debut album Weather Beaten is a grand pleasure” - RnR Magazine

“What a gem! Packaged with vintage minimalism, this remarkable collection of original songs has a richly rewarding poetic depth in setting of complex simplicity. Katie is a remarkably fine singer with a distinctive assured voice that is very much her own in a time when female folk vocals seem overburdened by imitated archetypes. One is reminded of the impact of Joni’s vocals at a time when American female folk singers all seemed sub-Baez of ersatz-Collins. Trust me, one day, someone will describe this as a classic album with captures the early KS with perfection. It’s an album you need to hear.” - Tykes News

 “If you like quality folk guitar playing and singing, all interwoven with thoughtful and clever lyrics, you will love this album and, like me, be blown away by Katie Spencer” - FATEA

“Circling crystal shimmering fingerpicked guitar … delicate, pastoral folk” - folking.com

“Moody vocals blending with deft guitar playing resulting in a haunting mellowed haze easing from art creator to art receiver with very little in between” - Three Chords & The Truth

“Just a few bars of her intro to the opening track convinces me of her prowess as a guitarist even before she opens her mouth to sing. Sensitive, poetic and perfectly judged, and executed with a confidence and skill, and experience, that would seem to belie her 21 years … She makes her own quietly ingenious musical statement through the notes and silences, making every note, phrase and musical punctuation mark count in a deft, elegant and intelligently undemonstrative fashion … Katie’s stylish blend of warmth and precision proves intensely captivating: I’d urge you to investigate her music soon!” - Folk Radio

“A fine album in every way” - Maverick Magazine

“Katie Spencer weaves through her vision with the intricacy of one skilled and blessed with the patience of a painter, of a poet searching on the beach for the right word in amongst the million broken shells and compacted illusions” - Liverpool Sound & Vision

“Weather Beaten, the new album from Katie Spencer blows in with a storm of fresh air … it raises goose bumps on my arms” - Tony Haynes