If you had a song, what would it be?
Laugh, cry and sing along as the singing daughter of Britain’s great broadcasting family weaves powerful, soulful acapella original songs with stories of singing with Bobby McFerrin, stepping out of Peggy Lee’s shadow and listening to find the song in everyone.
“Stunning - an artist at the top of her game” BBC
Songbirds weaves songs from Kate’s critically acclaimed original a capella album Songbirds (released in February by Folkstock Records and featured on radio 2 and radio 6Music) with a personal story. Using techniques inspired by her work with virtuoso Bobby McFerrin, directed and devised with Katy Carmichael from Theatre Damfino and using a vocal looper to layer her voice and interact directly with her audience. The result is a unique and engaging audience experience, different at each performance.
For years Kate Dimbleby has made shows about other people’s voices and stories – Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Dory Previn. But she has always had another nagging voice in her head – what’s her true story, why is she not singing it and who are the people on that journey? So she started listening… from London to the forests of Canada, the streets of New York and Bristol, recording the sounds and people around her.
“Stunning vocal virtuosity. An artist absolutely at the top of her game.” Tom Robinson
“Part concert, part confessional. A project that is anything but conventional” **** The Times
“Halfway between pop and spirituals. Crystalline and credible” ****Mail on Sunday
“Subtle, fresh and at times gently startling” The Guardian
“Artist of the Week” Clive Davis in the Sunday Times - the “uncatagorisable Kate Dimbleby”
Note: I will be in the USA at the United Solo festival in November and touring in 2018.