The Edge of the Land
Over the past few years Katie Spencer, a young singer/songwriter from Yorkshire who is also very good guitar player, has been building up her reputation playing various folk clubs, concerts and festivals.
Her career like so many others has been disrupted in the past couple of years and has been put a little on hold but Katie did manage to keep her flame alive with Zoom concerts and used her time wisely recording this fine new album.
Her influences can be seen from the guitar playing of John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Michael Chapman. Ralph McTell was much impressed with her playing and I’m sure he won’t mind me using his quote ’ 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”
This new album brings together some fine song writing with titles such as The Edge of the Land, a descriptive view of life on the shoreline, a good example. Other songs like Sweet and Gentle and Silence on the Hillside give an idea of the gentle but still powerful nature of her music.
With help from Tom Mason (double bass), Arran Ahmun (drums), Nathan Bray (flugelhorn) and Spencer Cozens (Steinway piano, keyboards) Katie has produced a fine album of interesting songs.
As with some very nifty guitar players this modern singer /songwriter is not afraid to include her influences in her music both on the recording and her live gigs.
Look out for her over the next few months in our area; she is playing at both The Atkinson in Southport and West Kirby Arts Centre.