Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. As well as the release of her debut EP Tide & Time - produced by Sam Kelly and featuring Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater and Ciaran Algar, and gaining her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe - this spring (2016) Kitty has just completed an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. Other highlights range from support sets for Seth Lakeman, Alasdair Roberts, Blair Dunlop, and Feast of Fiddles, to appearing 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.
ABOUT THE SONGS
Kitty Macfarlane's songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. Mankind's transactions with the planet, whether those of small French fishing communities, or colossal nuclear power stations, work their way into her songs, alongside a deep interest in shared human experience. Her songwriting explores the connections between literature and land, with influences ranging from Keats to Karine Polwart - four years studying English at university being partly to blame. Her live set showcases the clarity and gravity of her vocals and dynamic guitar accompaniment, with themes as diverse as inundated Somerset Levels, climate change, adolescence and worries about mortality.
ABOUT THE EP
After graduating from uni in 2015, Kitty teamed up with acclaimed folk artist Sam Kelly (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Folk Award 2016) as producer to make her debut EP Tide & Time (released March 2016). Mixed by Joshua Franklin, the record features guest musicians Sam Kelly, Jamie Francis, Ciaran Algar, Lukas Drinkwater, Maya McCourt and Kieran Giffen, who lend a weight to a set of five compelling songs. Wrecking Days is Kitty's response to Jane and Nick Darke's beautiful Cornish documentary 'The Wrecking Season', tracing stories of objects washed up on shorelines, while Bus Song is a candid tribute to her life as a 16 year old in rural South West England. She composed Lamb as an extension of William Blake's poem, with melodic nods to Tavener's choral arrangement, giving it the panoramic backdrop of the north coast of Somerset, up at Steart Marshes near Hinkley point, juxtaposing nature and mankind, beauty and brutality. Tide & Time is the product of hours spent gathering shellfish on French beaches at low tide, learning tricks of the trade from fishermen and women in Normandy throughout her childhood. The EP culminates with a powerfully stark arrangement of Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett's Song to the Siren, accompanied by Kitty on electric guitar.