Kate Rusby at Christmas - Press Release

Kate Rusby at Christmas
Friday 11 December 2015
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
8pm, £24

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Kate Rusby - one of the most popular young folk singers of traditional English folk songs - heads to Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Friday 11 December for a spellbinding evening of songs from her highly acclaimed two Christmas albums. As ever, she will be joined by her superb band of multi talented musicians including Damien O'Kane, Duncan Lyall, Steve Byrnes, Aaron Jones and Julian Sutton and a top-flight brass quintet.

‘Exquisite interpretations of traditional material from the pocket sized folk singer with the heartbreakingly tremulous voice and bawdy Yorkshire wit’ – Daily Telegraph

With her Christmas concerts, Kate is embracing and sharing a local South Yorkshire tradition of which she’s been a part ever since she was a child. For over two hundred years from late November to New Year’s Day on Sunday lunchtimes the good folk of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire have flocked to their local public houses to sing their own, unique variations of familiar carols that, as Kate says, ‘were kicked out of churches during the Victorian era for being too happy!’

‘Her show sparkles with magic and an achingly bittersweet sense of Christmas past’ – Yorkshire Post

The defining voice of contemporary English folk music, Kate Rusby’s exquisite interpretations of traditional songs and finely wrought self-penned tunes have won her an audience that reaches beyond the genre. A rare achievement for a folk artist but entirely understandable given Rusby’s expressive vocals that invest whatever she sings with irresistible emotional depth. Famously down to earth, for over twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere.

Rusby first came to the attention of the folk scene through her duets with Kathryn Roberts, which lead to her becoming a founding member of the group Equation (which has also included Seth Lakeman and Cara Dillon). Rusby left Equation to follow a more traditional direction and, in 1997, released her debut solo album Hourglass produced by Scottish fiddler John McCusker. After a stint with all female folk group The Poozies, Rusby recorded Sleepless which earned her a Mercury Music Prize nomination and the BBC Folk Award for Best Album and Best Folk Singer. She released her first Christmas album Sweet Bells in 2008, which she followed with While Mortals Sleep in 2011.

Rusby continues to release albums mixing traditional and self-penned songs on her own Pure Records – the latest of which, Ghost, was released last winter – winning fans as diverse as Graham Coxon (who provided the illustration for her album The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly) and collaborator Ronan KeatingFor further enquiries, please contact our press team:

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