17.05-17.50, Stage 2 • Sunday
Kate in the Kettle takes us on a multi-cultural path of the idiosyncratic: hypnotic songs of folk plant-medicine woven into string quintet arrangements of zest and enchantment.
Kate in the Kettle is the name given to a shape-shifting line-up of international musicians, predominately led by Scottish folk singer, fiddler and composer, Kate Young. In 2014 her debut album, 'Swimmings of the Head' was received with high acclaim from Songlines ****, The Guardian **** and MOJO **** "enthralling". It proved as a celebration of innovation and the weaving together of similarities between Scottish, Scandinavian and Indian traditions. Kate Young is also known for her work with Eliza Carthy MBE in Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young, Songs of Separation and Moulettes.
After a successful showcase of her 'New Voices' commission at Celtic Connections in January, 2016 sees Kate joined by an exciting new line-up with fresh songs arranged for string quintet which explore the folkloric traditions surrounding plant medicine. Launched at Umefolk festival, Sweden in February, the stellar musicians draw upon their diverse and rich musicianship which has been cultivated through meeting in the "Ethno" movement. As part of their performance at Cambridge Folk Festival 2017 the band will come together as UK trio line-up including some of Scotland's highly acclaimed instrumentalists: Su-a Lee and Patsy Reid. Each musician while stylistically defined in their own right, come together to create a quite unique performance.
Guest curator John Boden on Kate Young
‘Fiddle singers are ten-a-penny these days, so it’s really exciting to meet someone who is taking the whole thing up another notch. Kate Young’s incredible talent as a singer and as a fiddle player is a wondrous thing to behold and as a writer she excels in finding incredibly exciting new musical spaces to explore.’