"Pink Martini, Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse and Kate Bush walk into a ... festival"
Eclectic British singer-songwriter Kate Thomas grew up in a small town in Essex called Laindon, near a place nicknamed 'Alcatraz'. Feeling trapped in her early years, Kate would immerse herself in music, maps and languages. The family home was, 'small with woodchip on the walls', but it was warm and creative and the family would spend their time playing music together. The soundtrack to Kate's childhood was mostly jazz, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra featuring prominently. Kate's grandad 'farvie' was also a well-known drummer in East London; playing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and at the Krays’ now notorious R&R club. Kate's early interest in languages continued unabated, leading her not only to sing Italian opera, on a chair, in a restaurant, in a place called 'Bas Vegas', but also to translate a love letter into Russian for a neighbour!
After university, Kate decided to discover the world she had studied for so long in books, travelling around Central Europe, Eastern Europe, through to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with just a backpack and guitar in tow. When Kate returned, she trained as an Actor, after which she received two sizzling reviews in The Stage newspaper, one calling her a 'working class terror'. On leaving drama school however, this fair lady was continually led back to the stage, not to act but to sing. Kate has performed in many genres and languages over the years, including folk, gypsy, latin and jazz; taking her, among other places, to France, Glastonbury and following in her grandad's footsteps, Ronnie Scott's.
Kate's life was then hit by tragedy with the sudden loss of her brother, an up and coming singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, in a tragic accident. Shaken by her brother’s untimely passing, Kate decided that life is too short to 'muck around' and did what she had always wanted to do, taking all the music that set her soul on fire to start writing her own. With her eclectic jazzy, gypsy, Latin sound, Kate is currently being described as a ‘Latin Amy Winehouse meets a Gypsy Kate Bush’.
Gigs include: Green Note, BTL Jazz, Jazz Verse Jukebox at Hoxton Hall, Toulouse Lautrec, Spice of Life, Water Rats, The Boisdale (Finalist in the Battle of the Bands 2014) Ronnie Scott’s, Half Moon Putney, Pizza Express, The RARE Jazz Festival and The Brentwood Festival on the bill with UB40.
This year (2019) Kate was supported by Music Gateway to attend the MIDEM music conference in Cannes, France. Read Interview
Back in 2017 Kate was supported by PRS for Music and released her debut EP "The Lion's Raw" and this is what they have been saying about it:
"Sultry dame" - ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Where the energy of rock blends in with the intimacy of folk" - A&R FACTORY
"Will make you want to watch Chocolat again." - FREQUENCY 21
"Kate Thomas you certainly have a style of your own" - MEL WATSON, PHOENIX FM
You can check out Kate's recent interview with Paul M Jones from Flat50 management talking about; her first ever open mic, training as an actor, Spanish guitar, Ronnie Scott's and finally we discover the inspiration behind her latest show "A Journey Through Bohemia"
Kate is also a co-host on a new, highly accessible, fun and eclectic online music & arts show called FLAT50 TV working with promoter and label Flat50. Excitingly MIDEM asked Kate to work alongside their social media team this year (2019) interviewing delegates at their music conference in Cannes. Not such a bad job chatting to people in the sun right?! See you there next year!
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