“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
“Haunting, escapist and moving…” – Three Chords and The Truth
Every once in a while we are blessed with a singer who is quite simply born to write and perform exquisite songs with confident, gentle assurance. Based in the UK, Katie Spencer is a progressive-folk singer songwriter and guitarist inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Spencer has gigged extensively in the past three years both headlining and supporting established artists – most recently opening shows for Ralph McTell, Bridget St John, Michael Chapman, Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and Martin Stephenson & The Daintees. She has also received radio play from the likes of Iain Anderson – BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Introducing.
“Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to East Riding as it does to the American greats, with her striking vocals and adept songwriting backed by evocative and complex acoustic guitar.” Wake The Deaf
The Spring of 2019 will see Katie embarking on a UK tour, in celebration of her debut full-length album ‘Weather Beaten’ to be released on 1st March 2019. Included in her tour will be a very special date for Celtic Connections at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, an evening dedicated to the powerful legacy of John Martyn.
Her debut studio release ‘Good Morning Sky’ was released in May 2017 and saw Katie working with a number of outstanding musicians, namely Ted McKenna (Rory Gallagher, SAHB) and Foss Paterson (John Martyn, Jethro Tull). Recorded in Glasgow, the atmosphere of the Mini-Album “recalls some of the essence of [John] Martyn’s best music. The songs are treated to a delicate and mature guitar style to go with her distinctively graceful voice”, Northern Sky Magazine.
RnR Magazine celebrated Good Morning Sky, saying “her dense, brooding and heartfelt songs have an attractive dreamlike quality that suggest a bright future.”
Folk Radio UK gave similar praise for Spencer’s mini-album – “as debuts go Katie Spencer is clearly off to a flying start.”
FATEA Magazine reviewed her performance at Folk On The Farm, saying “I had not seen Katie before but was immediately and hugely impressed. With her reverb-laden acoustic guitar, powerful and original song writing and a voice like warm honey, she was for me, the discovery of the festival.”
“Favourite is singer songwriter Katie Spencer … the best lyrics I’ve heard in years.” Louder Than War (at Beverley Folk Festival)
“One of our busiest gigging musicians” – Alan Raw, BBC Introducing