Katie Spencer is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Yorkshire who writes songs imbued with the Northern landscapes of her home. Originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, the grainy imagery of the industrial docks and sea-fronts seep into her deeply personal songs of nostalgia, loss and love.
The music, 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 John Martyn, flow into her sound, carrying with them the warmth and idealism of the early 70’s folk and songwriter movements.
The release of her debut album Weather Beaten (2019) made it clear to the world that the music is a sound of her own, and a sound that speaks of the present. Voices from the press praised the LP for its unique song-craft and spell-binding musicianship, as she brought together fans of music from all backgrounds and all walks of life.
This 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 Ted McKenna have left audiences in awe of her confidence and craftsmanship.
The blessings of older, iconic musicians have led to the production of her most recent release, a heartfelt collection of songs by her muse John Martyn, which features his ex-band members Spencer Cozens and Alan Thomson. Recorded live in the studio this beautiful collection of songs leaves us waiting for her second album with high anticipation; an album that will surely see her celebrated as one of the best songwriters and musicians of this generation.
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