Katherine Priddy’s star is rising fast; whilst we at Brum Radio have known for ages how good she is, now the national stations are waking up to this fact. After a string of singles her debut album is entering the world, and she chose her hometown of Birmingham to launch it.
St Paul’s Church was the venue on a grey and very wet Friday night for a one-hour celebration of ‘The Eternal Rocks Beneath.’ The event had – inevitably – a small audience though a bigger one joined in on livestream.
The stripped-back performance – just Katherine and two accompanying musicians before said audience – worked in the open, lofty setting of St Paul’s. A vast, atmospheric place designed around peace and reflection was perfect for songs intimately written and performed, which tackle themes inspired by epic Greek mythology and classic English literature with genuine emotion.
Katherine’s voice and the music benefitted from perfect production and acoustics. The singles Icarus and Eurydice were given a particularly effective new sheen whilst rockier numbers like Letters From a Travelling Man also fitted the surroundings comfortably.
The Eternal Rocks Beneath is now available through Katherine’s website here and at all good music retailers. She is doing some festival dates, including Moseley Folk on Sunday 5 September and has just announced a tour with a show at the Kitchen Garden Café on Monday 6 December. More on these also at her website.