Somerset-based singer-songwriter, Kitty MacFarlane, is truly a wonderful sight to behold. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity: they ask questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries and they manifest through her talented finger-picked guitar playing.
Her debut EP titled ‘Tide & Time’ features musicians Sam Kelly (co-producer and lead singer of Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys), Jamie Franics, Lukas Drinkwater, Maya McCourt and Ciaran Algar. She gained her first national airplay on the BBC2 Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe and on Tom Robinson’s Show on BBC 6 Music, and in 2016 she went on an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.
Other highlights of her career to date range from support sets for Seth Lakeman, Alasdair Roberts, Rachel Sermanni, Blair Sunlop, and Feast of Fiddles, to having one of her sons appear as a theme-tune on Radio 4, being a featured artist for a BBC Introducing documentary, and making the semi-final of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2015. In addition, Kitty has also been recently awarded a creative bursary from the English Folk Dance and Society (EFDSS) for a songwriting project of her own machination.
It is safe to say that Kitty has a very respectable list of outstanding achievements that add even more legitimacy to her legacy as a singer-songwriter.
Kitty’s songs are super-charged with a sense of environment and place, with her tracks often speaking about her Home County of Somerset. Mankind’s transactions with the planet – from small French fishing communities to colossal nuclear power stations – are often woven into her songs alongside a heavy interest into the human experience. Her lyrics explore the many connections between the works of literature and the geographical too, with influences by John Keats and Karine Polwart being very apparent.
Her live set showcases the clarity and weight of her amazing vocals and guitar accompaniment, with these themes being the highlight of her work.
The work that Kitty MacFarlane produces is empowering to hear and, without a doubt, is able to bring her audience that little more into catharsis.
On Friday 5th October, Kitty MacFarlane will be playing at the Middlesbrough Town Hall with doors opening at 20:00. Tickets are priced at £12.00 in advance and can be purchased online now at middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk where you can also find out more about the wide range of events taking place at the recently-renovated venue.