Kate Stapley at St George's

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This young folk musician has eight years’ experience and is fast asserting herself as a force to be reckoned with

Having just concluded her headline European tour, Kate Stapley returns to Bristol for a gig that explores the origins of her cosmic country-folk music. With just her enchanting vocals and the soft strumming of a guitar, Stapley conveys her poignant yet playful musicality in this not-to-be-missed gig.

Stapley is building towards the release of her sophomore album after her much-applauded debut EP Centella, described by BBC 6 Music as “gorgeous”. It features the lingering and deeply emotional songs like Potted History of Mum which reflect the intensely personal subjects of Stapley’s writing. The song explores the conversations Stapley had with her gran who has dementia and is an intensely moving masterpiece. Her debut EP also includes the catchy Springbreak, an upbeat and witty song “about being on your period and being catcalled”.

She will give audiences a sneak preview of some of her newest songs alongside some of her more established back catalogue which is free to stream on Spotify.

Through the gig, Stapley will talk about the genesis of her songs and her songwriting, and her approach to fusing folk sensibilities with a contemporary grasp of what this genre means to people her age. Her music, though emotive, shines a nonetheless optimistic slant on city life. When she performed at The Louisiana in 2017, just after the release of Centella, she was reviewed by Tap The Feed’s Amy Grace. In her review, Grace says she was “close to tears (in the best way possible)”.

Her label describes the language of cosmic country-folk as “unique, engaging and entirely her own”. Stapley’s gig is part of The Listening Room at St Georges, a new series of events which sees musician-composers share their craft in an intimate space. It is a perfect platform for discerning audiences to discover the emerging talents that will shape the music scene of tomorrow.

Where: St George’s

When: March 16, £7.50

Website: www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Image credit: Ania Shrimpton

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