“Strange Fruit” by Kate Bush (1996) – Bronze mounted on stone.
Jazz musician and singer, Jamie Cullum, is hosting a month-long “Billie & Me” feature to celebrate the centenary of Billie Holiday on his BBC Radio 2 show. On tomorrow evening’s show (Tuesday 31st March) at 7pm GMT, Kate shares her favourite track and talks about how Billie is an inspiration to her. We’re not sure if this is a new interview with Kate, or an excerpt from their previous chat in 2011.
Kate has long spoken of Billie Holiday as an inspiration, from wearing a flower in her hair in her early KT Bush Band gigs to her 1996 bronze sculpture, “Strange Fruit”, which she created for the War Child Milestones exhibition.
How are your KB diaries shaping up for 2015? Our friend and longtime Kate fan, Lisa Oliver, is organising what promises to be a fun ‘Kate Bush Convention’ at The Loft Lounge, Birmingham UK on Saturday 26th September. It will feature special guests, live music, memorabilia, disco, videos & good times! Lisa tells us that special guests at the event are Stewart Avon Arnold, internationally renowned choreographer and well known to Kate fans as one half of her talented duo of dancers (along with the late Gary Hurst) and photographer Guido Harari whose working relationship with Kate lasted for over 10 years from ‘The Dreaming’ era to ‘The Red Shoes’. Questions for a Q&A session are being collected by the organisers. UK Kate Bush tribute acts, Before the Dawn and A Sky of Honey will be performing.
Admittance is by ticket (£10) only, tickets and all the information you need are now available at the event’s site here.
Krys Fitzgerald-Morris (of HomeGround and katebushnews.com fame!) has been involved in an interesting, Molly Bloom-related project that should be of some interest to fans of Kate’s songs The Sensual World and Flower of the Mountain.
The wonderful ceramic artist, Claudia Clare Ceramics new website page has just been published, showing the trilogy of pots, “Molly’s Odyssey”. Claudia asked writer, Rebecca Chance to be her model as a modern day Molly Bloom, (James Joyce’s earthy, sensual character in “Ulysses”) & Krys was asked to photograph Rebecca in various poses for Claudia to then work from.
In June of 2013 the pots were exhibited at the Francis Kyle Gallery in London’s Mayfair. The three met there again to do a shoot with Rebecca posing with the pots. Krys describes the finished work: “When I walked into the gallery & saw Claudia’s finished “Molly’s Odyssey” they took my breath away. They were so beautiful. Each pot has it’s own theme – “The Kiss”, “Diva” & “Yes”.
I adore the rich colours & the sensuality. I love the humour of the newspaper headlines & how Rebecca’s beloved cat has also been immortalised in a typical cat pose! It was a wonderful project to be a part of, such a fantastic concept & such an energy about it.”
We are very happy to let you know that following the huge success of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 events, HomeGround and katebushnews.com are pleased to announce that there will be another Kate themed party this year.
The party takes place on Friday 19th June 2015 and again will be at the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The RVT is in Vauxhall, South London, just over the Thames from the West End and is a two minute walk from Vauxhall Underground, main line and bus stations and is two tube stops from the Victoria railway terminus. The RVT is home to award-winning club night Duckie as well as the Hot August Fringe Festival and many other top music and cabaret events and performances.
We start at 9pm and go through to 3am. The party will feature Kate-themed DJ sets from Phil Marriott, Paul Burston, Dave Cross and Paul Thomas.
The night will also feature an exclusive live performance from Kate Bush tribute band Cloudbusting. The band will be performing a set mixing some of Kate’s most well-known songs with fan favourites.
You can order your advance tickets using the PayPal buttons below:
Single advance ticket: £8.00
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NOTE: There will be a limited number of tickets available on the door on the night for £10 each.
Uncut Magazine in the UK have released one of their “Ultimate Music Guides” dedicated to all things Kate. Available in newsagents on the 12th and online here. More also in their editorial here.
From the blurb: “There are few British musicians who are as revered and elusive as Kate Bush – a fact brought home by the rapturous acclaim that greeted her return to live shows, after 35 years, in 2014. Now, Uncut’s latest Ultimate Music Guide reveals the truth about Kate Bush, and examines every part of her momentous and often strange career.
As usual, we’ve dug deep into the archives of NME and Melody Maker to find revelatory interviews with Bush. “There are always so many voices telling me what to do that you can’t listen to them,” she told one Melody Maker journalist in 1985. “All I ever do is listen to the little voices inside me. I don’t want to disappoint the little voices that have been so good to me.”
From the striking arrival of “Wuthering Heights”, through to the magical comeback of Before The Dawn, the Ultimate Music Guide: Kate Bush tells her whole story. Uncut’s writers have revisited every one of her albums and provided detailed new reviews: every song reassessed and rated. And along with the interviews, they show a genius on her own trajectory, whose idiosyncratic vision, and whose determination to bring that vision to fruition, has been there right from the start.
That’s the Ultimate Music Guide: Kate Bush. We just know that something good is gonna happen…”
We like to keep you informed of Kate Bush tribute shows and A Sky of Honey is the newest UK Kate Bush tribute act we can tell you about. Fronted by Sky Boswell, a longtime fan who has sang at Kate Bush conventions and HomeGround parties, the first show takes place in the very appropriate venue of the Black Bull pub in Haworth, Yorkshire – in the heart of Brönte country.
This famous pub, established over 300 years ago, is famous for having Branwell Brönte as one its regular patrons. Sky promises to perform songs old and new, with one or two surprises! The show takes place at 8.30pm on Saturday 18th April. Entry is free and the show is part of a wider meet-up of Kate Bush fans in the village that weekend. Thanks for letting us know, Sky!
The photo credit for the portrait of Sky in the poster is to Krys.
We’re delighted to let you know that Del Palmer has today released his new album, Point of Safe Return (Credible Records). This is Del’s third album following Leap of Faith (2007) and GIFT (2010).
Written, performed and produced by Del, it also features contributions from vocalists who Del describes as “three distinctly different female voices”; I.V. Webb, Sarah Daly (Metaphorest) and Odette Beris, as well as fellow Kate Bush veteran Kevin McAlea on saxophone and narration from poet/writer (and great friend of katebushnews.com!) Antonello Saeli. Wilton Beckford is featured on drums.
The track ‘Nota Ghra’ has Del singing in the Irish language. As Del says in his sleevenote: “This album is best enjoyed within the intimacy of headphones” The CD is available for sale at Del’s site here. It is also available on iTunes.
You can listen to the album tracks here. Watch a video for the track ‘Future’ below.
‘Cloudbusting’ was inspired by a book that I found in a shop …Written by a guy called Peter Reich, and it’s called A Book of Dreams. And it’s a very unusual, beautiful book, written by this man through the eyes of himself when he was a child, looking at his father, and the very special relationship between them. His father meant so much to him. – Kate Bush
Anyone who attended Kate’s Before the Dawn concerts in London last year will have witnessed the jubilant live performance of Cloudbusting that closed each evening’s show. As most of you will know, this powerful and enduring classic song is inspired by “A Book of Dreams“, written by Peter Reich, about his father, the brilliant but persecuted Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.
The book has just been republished with a new introduction by Peter Reich, and a still of Kate on the cloudbuster adorning the cover. It has been out of print and very difficult to obtain for over twenty years.
Thanks to the nice people at John Blake Publishing we have 5 copies to giveaway! To be in with a chance of winning a copy all you have to do is answer the following question:
Who played Wilhelm Reich in the video for Cloudbusting?
Please send your answer to email@example.com – if you are successful I will then be in touch by email to get your details for getting the book to you. The competition runs till the end of Wednesday March 11th at which point the random draw will be made. Good luck! p.s. if you can’t wait, the book is available from Amazon here.
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Kate‘s 1993 album The Red Shoes will finally be reissued on 180g vinyl LP in April.
From the superdeluxeedition site: The album was Kate’s seventh studio long-player and yielded four top 30 UK hits, including lead single Rubberband Girl, And So Is Love and Moments of Pleasure. The record features a wide array of guests including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Gary Brooker and Prince (not forgetting Lenny Henry).
Once promotional duties were over in 1994, Kate took an extended break, had her son Bertie, and didn’t return with another album until 2005, with the acclaimed Aerial (also sorely in need of a vinyl reissue, judging by the ridiculous prices the lone 2005 pressing is commanding).
The Red Shoes is being reissued on a new audiophile label called Analog Spark – an imprint of Razor & Tie. Analog Spark will focus “on the reissue of classic and acclaimed albums on 180-gram vinyl and SACD”.
Kate’s album has been out-of-print on vinyl for decades and commands massive prices on the used market. This title will therefore be very welcome indeed and will be only the second release on Analog Spark (after The Sound Of Music soundtrack). The new vinyl reissue was cut from “the original analog tapes” by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and is being pressed at RTI.
Remarkably, The Red Shoes is actually only one of two KB albums that has ever been remastered (Hounds of Love being the other). It was included on CD as part of the three-disc Director’s Cut deluxe edition in 2011. Kate was quite open about not particularly liking the digital sound of the original record, so until more information is forthcoming, we will assume that this new 180g LP is being mastered from the same analogue source as Kate used for the CD remaster.
The Red Shoes 180g vinyl reissue will be issued in April. Watch the Analog Spark site for updates.
Here it is. The moment. 26th August 2014. Kate owns the world musical stage. Vibrant, new, unpredictable, music history, gob-smacking, unexpected, beautiful, magnificent, pure Kate. We were floored. So were you. Thanks for supporting the site and the HomeGround anthologies in 2014. Here is our picture of the year. There are no other words for what she (and Bertie) achieved.
In a Christmas message on her official site, Kate pays tribute to Ian Newton, her gifted monitor engineer who has very sadly passed away in the last week.
I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for having made this year such a special one. Your incredible support and encouragement throughout the shows made them something really special that I will never forget.
It is so terribly sad that Ian Newton, our monitor engineer, died suddenly just a couple of days ago on 19th December. We are all so shocked by the news and send our deepest sympathies to his family. He was a complete sweetheart, a gentle man and an incredibly important part of the sound team right from the very beginning of the live project even before the first rehearsals. Then through to the tech rehearsals and on to the actual shows at Hammersmith.
It was Ian who encouraged me to use the in-ears system and oversaw the whole process using his huge experience in live work. He encouraged the whole band and Chorus to use in-ears so that all of us were using the same system for all the shows. Many people commented on the high quality of the sound and sound system at the venue and a great deal of this was because of Ian.
He was personally very supportive to me. There were quite a lot of things I was nervous about especially as I hadn’t sung or played live for such a long time. Ian loved his work and really cared about quality and detail, and spent a lot of time making sure that my monitors had exactly the right mix for every track, as he did with every member of the band and chorus.This meant that we could all work as confidently as possible with each other and in the context of the venue at Hammersmith. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him. He wanted it to be the best it could possibly be.
We’re all going to really miss him. All of the team but especially the sound team, the band, the singers and of course me too. It’s hard to take in that he’s no longer with us. It’s a real loss for the live music industry. He was only 52. He was a lovely, warm, generous-spirited man with a lovely sense of humour. Thank you Ian for being such an invaluable part of the team, for being so dependable and for being there for me and helping me have the confidence to get up there and perform live. I’ll always remember you sitting there, behind the monitor desk with your lovely big warm smile.
With love and best wishes for the new year ahead, Kate x
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have formally converted their civil partnership into marriage today at a ceremony and wedding lunch at their Windsor estate, and Kate was one of the invited guests. Singer Lulu posted a series of photos of Kate, Elton, Lulu, Gary Barlow and Ed Sheeran to Instagram with the hashtag #sharethelove, as requested by Sir Elton. Other attendees included David and Victoria Beckham, Michael Caine, Elizabeth Hurley and David Walliams.
Kate has received the Editors Award at tonight’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards at a glittering ceremony in the Palladium, London. The awards, now in their 60th year, are presented annually for outstanding achievements in London theatre, and were hosted tonight by comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Kate was presented with her award by Sir Ian McKellen. The Before the Dawn shows at the Eventim Apollo, which ended last month, won the Editors Prize for achieving “a new high in music performance.”
“It was just an incredible experience,” she said in her acceptance speech, crediting both the encouragement of her son, Bertie, and the enthusiasm of London audiences. “You hope that the audience will like what you’re doing, but my God – every night these people were there, driving us on and filling us with energy! Thank you to everybody who came to the shows and made it feel like it was something special.”
A special mention also for KT Fellowship member Mark Henderson, Kate’s lighting designer, who was deservedly nominated but lost out in the Best Design category for Before the Dawn. Tom Hiddleston was awarded Best Actor for Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse and Gillian Anderson picked up the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire. More at the Whats On Stage site here. The awards will be televised tomorrow night (Monday 1st December) on the London Live channel (Sky Channel 117) Freeview (8), Virgin (159) at 8pm. UK viewers can also watch it on the channel’s website.
A university student of English in Finland is doing her BA Thesis on Kate Bush fandom and needs your fan stories by December 7th. She would like to ask you to write your personal stories on what it means to be a Kate Bush fan. The following link contains the official instructions for the task and contact information for further inquiry. Time to put your hard-earned fan status to academic use
Little Brown, the publishers of the new expanded edition of ‘Cathy’ by John Carder Bush, have released this video of John discussing the photos and the special edition of the book. We’ve seen an advance copy and it is gorgeous, matching the quality and tactile delight of the original 1986 publication, with many beautiful new photographs included. Regular edition of the book can be ordered on Amazon here. The special edition is available here.
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