From: Martin Snodin [martin_at_snodin_dot_com]
Sent: 27 February 2010 00:00
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2010-02-27 - REMINDER - Kate Walsh tonight!

Newsletter            27 February 2010


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Kate Walsh plays 6 nights at London’s Albert hall in May, supporting Mark Knopfler

Read more about independent artists like Kate Walsh in the
Sunday Times Culture magazine published in November 2009

27 February 2010
Kate Walsh
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead

Support: Jono Harrison

£12 (£10 conc)  
Box Office 01342 302000


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Two years ago, 26 year old Kate Walsh recorded her breakthrough album, Tim’s House, in her producer’s bedroom for £500. It became an iTunes sensation, knocking Take That from the No1 spot (the only independent artist ever to have achieved the top spot). The song Talk of the Town became Single of the Week in March 2007. Her career took a step up from that time and she is regularly now featured in the music press and radio.

A graduate of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, pianist/guitarist Walsh has been likened to singers such as Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.  She writes delicately fragile, confessional songs that make the listener feel like a close personal confidante as she bares her soul with sometimes shocking candour.

Musically, Walsh undoubtedly falls into the category of ‘singer-songwriter’ - but one who adores Debussy, studies cello, listens constantly to Classic FM (and little else), bemoans the demise of vinyl and CDs, is entertainingly scathing about the conventional music industry (”it’s fickle, selfish, impersonal and backstabbing”). And she has established her own cottage industry to do it her way.

Of the title track from the album, Walsh says: “It’s the saddest song I’ve ever written. It’s about two men and they both heard it independently and knew it was about them,” she grimaces. “There was a lot of trouble…it was awful going through it, but it’s a great song! I think it’s one of my best songs ever.” One of the first times she sang it in public – at London’s Union Chapel – it upset her so much she barely made it to the end. It happens. “When you’re singing it makes all the sentiments so real again. I sing mainly with my eyes shut and I feel every word. I try to make an instrument of my voice, like playing a wonderful, emotive piano piece, lilting on certain words and phrases…”

Playing grand piano and guitar, with cello accompaniment, you’d better lock up your hearts when she appears at Chequer Mead on 27 February.

“Walsh's songs have a fragility not heard since Kathryn Williams last picked up her guitar.' Music OM

Support is from the increasingly popular (and local to East Grinstead) singer-songwriter, Jono Harrison.


Kate Walsh

“Kate Walsh's story is more proof that the big record companies should start being very afraid… this is a very special album from a very special talentOMH
Read full review MusicOMH of Tim’s House here

Don’t forget that as well as our own shows, the Acoustic Sussex website has a Regional Gig Guide and links to venues and clubs in the South East that offer folk, roots and acoustic music – and our MySpace site contains over 500 links to a variety of other MySpace ‘friends’ sites, including musicians, venues, magazines and lots more.


Regional Gig Guide

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Acoustic Sussex is grateful for the funding support provided in 2009 by the PRS for Music Foundation

Future 2010 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø     8 March* – Dave Swarbrick + support Dana & Susan Robinson

Ø     23 March* – Lau + support Matthew Ord

Ø     1 April* – Martin Simpson + support Emily Slade

Ø     26 April* – Emily Smith + support (tbc) ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY (£11)

Ø     18 May – Gretchen Peters (tbc)

Ø     14 June – Eliza Carthy Band (tbc)

Ø     16 September* – Show of Hands



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