On Friday 1st March 2019 Hull’s stunning 400 capacity venue, Middleton Hall, will host a special evening of acoustic music celebrating the launch of Katie Spencer’s incredible debut album.
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 & Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople. She has shared the stage with world-class musicians such as 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.”
‘Weather Beaten’ is Katie Spencer’s debut full-length album, 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.
Katie said: “Making my first full length album has been a real joy, it has been a journey of discovery which has allowed me to truly capture the freedom and intimacy of the songs. Working with Spencer Cozens on this album has given the recordings a clarity and energy similar to that of a live performance. I’m really looking forward to releasing this album on 1st March!”
The evening will also feature support from students at the University of Hull.
Katie Spencer’s album launch will take place on Friday 1st March at 7pm.
Tickets cost £8 adults/£4 students and can bought from Hull Box Office – www.hullboxoffice.com or 01482 221113