|Friday 21 November 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Somewhere between Jazz, Folk, Chanson and Americana there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, KIRSTY McGEE has spent the past ten years and six albums exploring and mapping this place. Honed over twenty years of following her own path, McGee''s songs show the light touch of a singer with an instinctive reflex for bringing together words and music. Gentle, and with the bittersweet edge of experience, her voice speaks directly from an open heart, and her rich, dark style frames the brittleness of her lyrics perfectly.
Twice nominated for the BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS and WINNER OF AN IMA FOR BEST LIVE ALBUM IN 2011, McGee has shared the stage with artists such as KARINE POLWART, EDDI READER and SUZANNE VEGA. Her songs have received BBC DAYTIME PLAYLISTING and are regularly featured on the playlists of local and specialist radio stations. She has also perfomed sessions on BBC Radios 2 and 4.
In 2012, McGee released a brand new solo album, CONTRABAND; an intimate collection of honest and intelligent songs which lays bare her delicate guitar work and bare bones writing style in her rawest and bravest recordings to date. The album features guest appearances from acclaimed songwriters from around the world, including DANNY SCHMIDT and CARRIE ELKIN, MIKE WEST, MYSHKIN, JOSEF (Mr Scruff), INGE THOMSON (Bonnie Prince Billie, Lau) and harmonica player CLIVE MELLOR (Richard Hawley). In 2013 McGee''s track SANDMAN (The Kansas Sessions, 2008) was a major feature of DANNY BOYLE’s film TRANCE, appearing in its entirely during the film and being written into Rick Smith''s score throughout. It was released as a double A-side single with SETTING OF THE SUN (Contraband, 2012) on McGee’s own HOBOPOP label.
“The words drip with meaning. This Breathlessly fragile and aching collection almost drowns in McGee''''s absolute need to sing.” ~ **** Q
“A fascinating talent” ~ CLASH
“One of the most beautiful yet gutsy voices on the English folk scene” ~ BEARDED
“Rich, versatile and immaculately controlled” ~ AMERICANA-UK
“Absolutely superb, memorable... I love her songs.” ~ BOB HARRIS
“Bewitching, exquisite and skeletal.” ~ **** Q
“A quiet triumph.” ~ fROOTS
“Confident and earthy - one to watch.” ~ UNCUT