Kathryn presents Yorkshire Carolling from a pub near Sheffield, for BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet. Cheers and happy Christmas!
Read more about this exciting initiative and how to submit tunes on Magnetic North East’s website. Kathryn’s seed of an idea has sprouted! A book of tunes by 100 contemporary female composers from the folk/traditional music scenes of the UK and Ireland is to be published in 2022 by Faber Music.
If you follow Kathryn on Twitter you’ll know that within the space of a few hours two members of The Darkening had to drop out due to Covid. Determined not to let Purbeck audiences down, Kathryn, Amy and Kieran rehearsed long into the night with the superb singer and harpist Rachel Newton. Luckily Rachel will be en route to another show after Purbeck and is able to squeeze in this festival slot on Sunday evening. It will be a memorable show!
An 80s TV portrait of a young Kathryn at home: the North Tyne country, wilful, remote, rich with Reivers history, and the tunes and ballads of shepherd musicians from whom she learnt her craft.
Kathryn hosts Music Planet on Saturday 1 May, 16:00 GMT. The featured artist is Peruvian soprano Yam Sumac and there’s a fascinating Road Trip to Colombia with Betto Arcos exploring the history of popular folk music style vallenato