Grateful Fred’s Americana, Roots and Acoustic Nights…
Grateful Fred has been bringing leading Americana and Acoustic artists to Merseyside for over 11 years.
On Friday 21st of January 2022, Grateful Fred will be bringing one of those nights to Wirral Arts Centre here in West Kirby for the first time.
Featuring: Katie Spencer
Katie Spencer is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Yorkshire who writes songs imbued with the Northern landscapes of her home. Originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, the grainy imagery of the industrial docks and sea-fronts seep into her deeply personal songs of nostalgia, loss and love.
The music, and most notably her guitar playing stems from a time when the steel-stringed instrument was truly finding its voice. Artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and perhaps most evidently John Martyn, flow into her sound, carrying with them the warmth and idealism of the early 70’s folk and songwriter movements.
The release of her debut album Weather Beaten (2019) made it clear to the world that the music is a sound of her own, and a sound that speaks of the present. Voices from the press praised the LP for its unique song-craft and spell-binding musicianship, as she brought together fans of music from all backgrounds and all walks of life.
Her historical gig list is extensive, taking in the world-renowned Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival, whilst performances with Danny Thompson and Ted McKenna have left audiences in awe of her confidence and craftsmanship.
“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver, she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song” – Ralph McTell
“The way Katie plays is never contrived, showy or imitative; it sounds true … a world-class folk guitarist” – fRoots
Supporting Katie and hosting the evening will be: The Silver Freds, who have been regularly opening Grateful Fred shows, will be on hand to make sure ”nobody escapes!”.
“The Freds”, as they are affectionately referred to by their care workers, and who have been described in the music press as “a bunch of chancers” and “four old gits with guitars”, will endeavour to serenade you before Katie performs.
As they are “on first” you have the option to stay in the bar or arrive late!