Since releasing her debut EP ‘Wolf’ back in September 2018, Katherine Priddy has been quietly gaining a reputation and turning all the right heads. The EP quickly amassed radio plays on national stations in the UK from an array of DJ’s including Gideon Coe, Mark Radcliffe, Janice Long & Tom Robinson, all jumping on-board and championing the release.
The great folk legend Richard Thompson named it as his ‘Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year 2018’ in MOJO Magazine and chose Katherine as his tour support in Ireland last August. The release has led to packed out headline shows all around the UK as well as appearances at various well established festivals including Underneath the Stars, Towersey and Cambridge Folk Festival where she was awarded the Christian Raphael Prize after leaving the audience enthralled.
After repressing the EP three times to fulfil demand, Katherine released a single ‘Letters From a Travelling Man’ on 7” blue vinyl through the cult label Static Caravan. The upbeat, Americana style track takes its inspiration from Katherine’s personal experiences of living on the road and the struggles of trying to maintain relationships alongside an unsettled lifestyle.
The single was beautifully complemented by a much mellower B-Side, ‘Come and Go’, a simple, stripped back duet with Northern folk singer-songwriter George Boomsma. This song takes a different approach to the same theme of travelling, this time a longing cry for a solid place to call home but an acceptance that everything must inevitably pass.
The accompanying tour lead to a host of sold out shows and rave reviews. Shortly after, rumours of a debut album began circling and indeed, a couple of record label offers followed. However, sadly, plans were put on hold during the Coronavirus outbreak. Instead of getting disheartened, Katherine is currently writing and playing virtual festivals. If 2019 is anything to go by, late 2020/2021 is set to be a very exciting time for Katherine Priddy…
“The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year” – Richard Thompson in MOJO
“Within 30 seconds of Wolf…you will realise that you have stumbled onto something extraordinary indeed” – Folk Radio
“One of the finest voices on the current folk scene” – Shindig Magazine
“Exuding class” – RnR Magazine
“Really worth getting your hands on” – Gideon Coe
“A warm revelatory storytelling voice and a free independent spirit” – Even The Stars
“An essential record for late summer” – Backseat Mafia
“Utterly entrancing” – Mark Losing Today
“This is hugely impressive. Priddy is definitely one to watch” – Shire Folk Magazine