Campfire Club: Kaia Kater | William Crighton
Returning for a fourth summer filling London’s green spaces with music. A concert like no other: unamplified, outdoors, around a fire. Gather together and listen.
African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t have come on the scene at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia.
"Where bluegrass meets Nina Simone" - The Guardian
Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her sophomore album, Nine Pin (May 2016), delved even further, and casting an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of colour in North America every day. Her songs on Nine Pin are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo. They earned her a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2016, and they’ve got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger.
"...plaintive, mesmerizing...writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran..." - Rolling Stone
As a concept album, Nine Pin weaves between hard-hitting songs that touch on modern issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down,” “Paradise Fell”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). And while these larger stories are deftly crafted, this is really an album of moments. Kater’s a cappella voice speaking to the loneliness of a city in “Harlem’s Little Blackbird” while solo dance steps echo in the background, the muted hesitancy of Caleb Hamilton’s trumpet breaking the trance of “Little Pink,” the smoke of electric guitar that cuts through “Saint Elizabeth,” the wave-like ebb and flow of piano behind the plaintive love poem “Viper’s Nest...” All of these moments point to an artist wise beyond her years.
Within a short space of time William Crighton has drawn a big buzz in Australia. Unique, intense and charismatic Crighton commands the audience and generates many goosebump-inducing moments
"Uniquely penetrating storytelling” Gareth Hipwell - Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone featured him as one of Australia's hottest rising stars. He's been booked on a seamless string of prestigious festivals in Australia and overseas, gathered 4 and half star album reviews, top 10 album of the year lists and a stunning set of live reviews. He takes performance experience to new levels.
The mesmerising singer-songwriter documents Australian life with nuanced storytelling and perceptive philosophy.
"International stardom beckons" Jane Cornwell - Songlines
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