We begin our tenth anniversary year with a rare solo performance from one of the finest singer-songwriters on the folk scene.
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.
Opening the evening will be DETTA KENZIE, a Devon based folk singer creating original songs alongside reworking ancient Celtic music. A deep connection to the natural world is ever present in Detta's work. References to Teignmouth, Shaldon, Dawlish, Dartmoor and the wider landscape of England’s beautiful Southwest bring a local strength to her creations.
Once a Secondary English Teacher, Detta’s love of language and storytelling underpins her original music..Collaborating with Dawlish based guitarist and producer Gaz Chatterton, Detta is able to create music which explores the diversity of the English landscape and its ability to both mould and reflect human experience.
Tickets for the concert, which takes place at CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND on Friday 19 January 2024, are available online HERE and from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend (cash only). They are priced at £14 each in advance or £16 on the door. Doors open at 7.00pm and the music starts around 7.45pm.