1:00pm - 1:25pm (Saturday)
Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Katie Spencer creates modern progressive folk music which owes as much the songwriters of the 60’s acoustic music heyday as it does the East Riding landscape where she has always felt a strong spiritual connection. Her striking vocals and deft songwriting are backed by an evocative and complex guitar style that takes her music to places that are both esoteric and beautiful.
At just 22 years old, Katie has already built up an extremely respected profile within the national acoustic music scene, receiving praise from the likes of Ralph McTell & Steve Harley. She has shared the stage with world-class musicians such as Danny Thompson, Ted McKenna & Foss Paterson, and was part of this year’s Celtic Connections celebrations alongside Paul Weller & Eddi Reader playing at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
With various releases already under her belt, Katie was awarded with the Yorkshire Gig Guide Outstanding Emerging Artist in 2018 and continues to receive glowing reviews of both her live performances and recorded works. Ralph McTell said “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.”
This year sees Katie embarking on a UK tour in celebration of her brand-new album. ‘Weather Beaten’ is a flawless and flowing ten track journey that encapsulates her mesmerising live performance style, subtly embellished by the world-renowned instrumental dexterity of Tom Mason, Miles Bould and Martin Winning on double bass, percussion and woodwind. Produced by Spencer Cozens, long-time collaborator of John Martyn and Joan Armatrading, the sound of the album is clear and bright, bringing a precision and boldness reminiscent of the best ‘ECM’ modern jazz albums, which naturally pairs with the warm and hazy folk sound that envelops Katie’s style.
fRoots Magazine celebrated her album calling Katie “a world-class folk guitarist” whilst RnR Magazine went onto say “great discoveries are always a pleasure and Katie Spencer’s debut album Weather Beaten is a grand pleasure.”
Her debut studio release ‘Good Morning Sky’ (May 2017) received praise from the likes of Iain Anderson and RnR Magazine as they went on to say “her dense, brooding and heartfelt songs have an attractive dreamlike quality that suggest a bright future.” Recorded in Glasgow, the atmosphere of the mini-album “recalls some of the essence of [John] Martyn's best music. The songs are treated to a delicate and mature guitar style to go with her distinctively graceful voice” - Northern Sky Magazine.