Katherine Priddy’s original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a tenderness that still carries a darker edge, citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tunng and Imagined Village amongst her 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.
The last 2 years have been a whirlwind for this Birmingham-based artist, who emerged onto the scene with her long-awaited debut EP ‘Wolf’ in 2018. It was championed by the BBC 2 Folk Show, BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson and BBC Wales, and received 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”.
Priddy’s haunting vocals and distinctive finger picking guitar style have been captivating growing audiences around the UK. 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.
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 in 2019, 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.
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 lifeIn December 2019, Priddy released a limited edition vinyl single ‘Letters From A Travelling Man’ on Static Caravan labe. With Cool Badge on board, the single was 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 tour, with sold out shows in Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and Kenilworth and packed out rooms in Brighton, Bristol and London.
2020 was set to be a big year for Priddy, with whispers of a debut album on the horizon, as well bookings for the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and plenty more. When Covid-19 emptied her diary, she embarked upon building her online presence with a series of live streams where as many as 400 people tuned in at one time. She was also asked to participate in some prestigious online festivals including Philadelphia Folk Festival, whilst her online Nick Drake collaboration with Jon Wilks, Lukas Drinkwater and Jon Nice was featured on the BBC 2 Folk Show. Most recently, Katherine was awarded a place on the English Folk Expo Mentorship Programme, offering her industry advice, support and performance opportunities for the next 12 months.
On June 25th, Priddy released her long-anticipated debut album on Navigator Records. The singles running up to the album received 30+ plays across BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, including spins from Cerys Matthews, Tom Robinson, Radcliffe & Maconie, Janice Long and Guy Garvey who told his listenership: “I have already pre-ordered…this is so amazing.” It received a 5 star review in Songlines, a 4 star review in the Observer and reached the No. 1 position in the Official UK Folk Charts, as well as the Americana charts at No. 5. Folk Radio UK have made Priddy ‘Artist of the Month’ and said of the debut LP: “Foundations rarely come stronger than this. A debut of true substance, it’s like searching for a simple shelter and stumbling upon a diamond mine.” It is clear that, despite the delicate nuances of her sound, Katherine Priddy is not a fragile wallflower, but a woman who means business. With a second tour with Richard Thompson in the pipeline for October, as well as a headline UK tour in December, the next 12 months promise to be just as exciting.