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Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Kathryn Williams

It’s hard to believe that Liverpool-born singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams already has eleven full-length albums under her own name (and even more counting her various side-projects).

In celebration of this June’s release of a boxset treasury of her albums and previously unreleased material Anthology, Kathryn appears at Manchester Folk Festival, bringing together many of her best loved songs from across a remarkable career to date.

Kathryn Williams’ best-known work is characterised by rich and honest songwriting. Inspired by the greats – from Nick Drake to Joni Mitchell and beyond – she has continually evolved as an artist because she’s always looked beyond genre boundaries.

Silky, whimsical vocals and that eloquent way with words are a constant, but project by project her work develops and grows, and spans everything from indie-folk-pop to dusty Americana and hushed jazz re-workings.

This gig will showcase her adventurous songwriting and uncategorisable sound, right from her 1999 début Dog Leap Stairs via her Mercury Prize-nominated Little Black Numbers, to her Sylvia Plath tribute project Hypoxia, described by Clash Magazine as a “spellbinding work of art”.

Supporting Kathryn Williams is Kitty MacFarlane
Kitty Macfarlane’s music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Carried by a voice ‘as clear as a mountain stream’ (FRUK), her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild, with inspiration gathered from the sky to the seabed.

This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 15-20 October 2019, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.