The last 8 months have been a whirlwind for Birmingham-based folk artist Katherine Priddy, who, having recently emerged onto the scene with her long-awaited debut EP ‘Wolf’, has been turning heads and steadily gaining attention. ‘Wolf’ has been championed by the BBC 2 Folk Show, BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson and BBC Wales, as well as receiving exceptional reviews. The great Richard Thompson named it as his ‘Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ in MOJO Magazine whilst Folk Radio UK pronounced the release to be “something extraordinary indeed…one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. Her tone, phrasing pitch and sentiment…it’s flawless”. After quickly selling out of the original pressing of ‘Wolf’, Priddy bowed to popular demand and released it digitally, as well as selling out two further re-presses of the EP.
At only 25, it seems hard to imagine that Priddy’s haunting vocals and distinctive finger picking guitar style have already been captivating audiences around the UK for the past 8 years. Now, with the buzz around Katherine building, her shows have been packed out with people travelling afar to catch her perform the tracks live, including sell-out headline shows as far afield as Brighton and Durham. Indeed, Katherine’s stock continues to rise within the Folk world and beyond.
Having previously supported the likes of The Chieftains, Martin Carthy, Vashti Bunyan, John Smith and Scott Matthews, Katherine solidified her place on bigger stages with a tour of Ireland with Richard Thompson last August, stepping out solo onto the imposing stages of Vicar Street, Ulster Hall Belfast and more. As well as this, she has played well-earned spots at festivals, including Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Folk Festival, Shambala and Underneath the Stars. Indeed, Priddy walked away from her first performance at Cambridge Folk with the Christian Raphael Award; a prize given to one developing artist from the festival each year granting her financial support and advice for the next 12 months.
In December 2019, Priddy released a limited edition vinyl single ‘Letters From A Travelling Man’ on Static Caravan label, an upbeat song about the perils of living an unsettled lifestyle on the road, contrasted with a much mellower B-side ‘Come and Go’, a duet with George Boomsma. Having gained the support of Cool Badge, the single was very well received by radio, with plays and interviews from BBC 2 Folk Show, Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, BBC Wales, BBC London and a host of local radio stations. The release was accompanied by a December tour, with sold out shows in Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and Kenilworth and packed out rooms in Brighton, Bristol and London.
Priddy’s original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a vulnerable tenderness that still carries a darker edge, citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tunng and Imagined Village amongst her many influences. Her lyrics are particularly noteworthy – a tribute to her life-long love affair with literature and poetry and the stories she weaves are transporting. It is clear that, despite the delicate nuances of her sound, Katherine Priddy is not a fragile wallflower destined to fade away, but a young woman who means business. With 2020 bringing whispers of a much anticipated first album and with her reputation building steadily, it promises to be an exciting year for Priddy…