PODCAST EXCLUSIVE! Del Palmer interview special – on tour in Ireland!

Del Palmer in Ireland

No, Seán can’t believe it either: in this episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast he catches up with Del Palmer(!) and singer Mandy Watson and pianist/arranger Michael Mayell of The Kate Bush Song Book as they perform in Ireland together for the very first time. This relaxed chat finds us sitting around a kitchen table in Dublin discussing how Del became involved with the band, how he experienced re-visiting Kate Bush songs he hasn’t performed on in decades, and his memories of trips to Ireland with Kate and recording here with the cream of Irish musicians.

We can’t thank Del enough for taking the time to do this. Seán also chats briefly backstage with Nadie Keating and Julia Krajewska, the immensely gifted surprise guest vocalists at the Dublin show! All song clips recorded in Monroe’s, Galway – Oct 20th 2018.  Read more about Cloudbusting and the Kate Bush Song Book at their site here and follow Del Palmer at his Facebook page here.

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast: Baby Bushka On Tour Special!

Baby Bushka on Stage

Hailing from San Diego in the US, Baby Bushka are 8 women who have wowed the UK and Ireland with their powerfully energetic, impressively entertaining and musically accomplished take on the work of Kate Bush. In this episode of our podcast, Seán chats to them backstage in Belfast on the final date of their UK/Ireland tour. Seán yet again discusses the latest news about Kate’s upcoming catalogue remasters and even sets a mini-pub quiz on the Never For Ever album (thanks, Simon!) – it’s a packed episode…

Baby Bushka Official Site | Baby Bushka on Facebook

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Kate posts a new TV ad for her Remastered project – DIGITAL release confirmed!

Kate has released a promotional video ad for her upcoming Kate Bush – Remastered project. It features clips from her Experiment IV video (hello Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Richard Vernon, Del Palmer and our extras pals Peter, Krys and Dave from HomeGround!) and is soundtracked by How To Be Invisible. A mysterious voiceover states:

“Sometimes we find the art of mastering a bit tricky….sometimes we NAIL it!”

Kate sounds very confident about how her catalogue now sounds! The final frame with release dates also now confirms a DIGITAL release of the remastered catalogue, but we still don’t know if that means Hi-definition audio (WAV, or FLAC) downloads. We’ll find out closer to the release date, no doubt. We have all the pre-ordering information for Vinyl and CD, including box sets, here.

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Upcoming shows announced for The KT Bush Band!

We have fresh English dates over the coming months from The KT Bush Band – which, as you’ll know, features original members Brian Bath and Vic King from Kate’s pre-fame pub band gigs. All ticket links below or check out the band’s site here: http://www.thektbushband.com

October 19th Southern Maltings Art Centre – Ware, Hertfordshire
November 9th “The Cut” Art Centre – Halesworth, Suffolk
December 7th Mycenae House – Blackheath, London
January 26th The Quay Theatre – Sudbury, Suffolk
February 2nd Farncombe Music Club – Surrey

The KT Bush Band Poster

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Reminiscences of the Bush Family

Bush Telegraph Episode 4

In another Bush Telegraph special episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast, Darrell and Paul take a trip down memory lane and talk about encounters with the Bush family, including when Kate sung to Paul and Darrell played Moonlight Sonata at the Farm. They also discuss the upcoming Kate Bush – Remastered vinyl and CD project.

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Del Palmer interview in The Irish Examiner ahead of Irish tour with Kate Bush Song Book

Kate Bush Songbook

There was an interview with Del Palmer in today’s Irish Examiner as he prepares to tour Ireland starting next week with the Kate Bush Songbook. Del talks about working and recording in Ireland with Kate, and about his reasons for finally going back on stage to perform on these songs again. Best of luck, guys, see you soon! Read the full interview here. Catch these special shows live here:

WED OCT 17 Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland tickets
THU OCT 18 Cyprus Avenue, Cork, County Cork, Ireland tickets
FRI OCT 19 Dolans Pub, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland tickets
SAT OCT 20 Monroe’s Galway, County Galway, Ireland tickets
WED OCT 24 The Sugar Club, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland tickets
THU OCT 25 The Belfast Empire, Belfast, Northern Ireland tickets
SAT OCT 27 Acapela Studios, Cardiff, Wales tickets

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HUGE NEWS! Kate Bush Remastered! All albums and new rarities collection on vinyl and CD in November!

KATE BUSH – REMASTERED. It’s finally happening! Kate is releasing her entire back catalogue, fully remastered, on brand new vinyl and CD editions! For vinyl lovers, this means that long-out-of-print records, including ones that have in recent years commanded insane prices on the secondhand collector market (The Red Shoes and Aerial, we’re looking at you!) will now be available to purchase in the shops again, plus you have the joy of listening to even Kate’s earliest albums in sparkling new remasters for the first time, on your preferred format. All the audio has been remastered by Kate and James Guthrie except for Before The Dawn on CD which is the original mastering.

Update: Seán discusses the remasters in the Kate Bush Fan Podcast  – listen here:

Update: 5th October – Kate has posted on her official site about the reaction to the news:

Response to the Remasters…

I just can’t believe the fantastic response to yesterday’s announcement of the Remastered project. I’m totally blown away! It’s really exciting and incredibly rewarding for everyone involved to see it being received so positively.
I really wasn’t expecting such an overwhelming reaction. Thank you.
All best wishes,

As well as the 10 Kate Bush studio albums being made available for purchase separately on vinyl and CD, Kate is also releasing box set Remastered collections – four box sets on vinyl and two box sets on CD. The vinyl albums – all Kate’s studio work – will be released in 4 separate boxes, the first two on November 16 and the latter two on November 30. The CD boxes will be staggered on the same dates.

The four vinyl box sets are called Kate Bush – Remastered in Vinyl I, II, III and IV and present Kate’s 10 studio albums across three individual box sets, with the fourth set being a brand new 4LP rarities collection of 12″ mixes, remixes, b-sides and covers. The first three LP box sets feature artwork imagery from The Dreaming, The Sensual World and Aerial, unadorned by any text, to mark each era of recordings they contain. The rarities LP box set features a portrait of Kate on the cover. The Red Shoes is now presented in a double vinyl gatefold sleeve format. Note: The Before the Dawn live album set has already been made available by Fish People since 2016 in its own 4LP box.

PRE-ORDER Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl I (LP Box Set – The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever and The Dreaming)
PRE-ORDER Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl II (LP Box Set – Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, and The Red Shoes*)
PRE-ORDER Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl III (LP Box Set – Aerial*, Director’s Cut* and 50 Words For Snow*)
PRE-ORDER Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl IV (LP Box Set – a NEW 4LP rarities collection of 12″ mixes, remixes, b-sides and covers)
*double vinyl album

The two CD box sets are called Kate Bush – Remastered Part I (featuring her first 7 albums), and Kate Bush – Remastered Part II which features Aerial, Director’s Cut, 50 Words for Snow, Before the Dawn and a brand new 4CD rarities collection of 12″ mixes, remixes, b-sides and covers called “The Other Sides” Note: The rarities CDs will only be available as part of the second CD box set.

PRE-ORDER Kate Bush Remastered – Part I (CD Box Set – The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming, Hounds of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes)
PRE-ORDER Kate Bush Remastered – Part II (CD Box Set – Aerial, Director’s Cut, 50 Words For Snow, Before the Dawn, and The Other Sides, a NEW 4CD rarities collection)

The Other Sides – Track-listing of rarities discs (vinyl and CD):


Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)
Cloudbusting (The Orgonon Mix)
Hounds Of Love (Alternative Mix)
Experiment IV (Extended Mix)


Home For Christmas
One Last Look Around The House Before We Go
I’m Still Waiting
Warm And Soothing
Show A Little Devotion
Passing Through Air
Ran Tan Waltz
December Will Be Magic Again
Wuthering Heights (Remix / New Vocal from ‘The Whole Story’)


Walk Straight Down The Middle
You Want Alchemy
Be Kind To My Mistakes
Under The Ivy
Experiment IV
Ne T’Enfuis Pas
Un Baiser D’Enfant
Burning Bridge
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 Remix


Rocket Man
Sexual Healing
Mná na hÉireann
My Lagan Love
The Man I Love
Brazil (Sam Lowry’s First Dream)
The Handsome Cabin Boy
Lord Of The Reedy River
Candle In The Wind


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The Sensual World (2018 Remaster)

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The Red Shoes (2018 Remaster)

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Never For Ever (2018 Remaster)

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Aerial (2018 Remaster)

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – New Episode – Musings on a Feast of Remasters!

Kate Bush Remastered Soundwave

In this episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast, Seán discusses the big announcement from Kate today – Kate Bush Remastered. November 2018 will see all 10 of Kate’s studio albums fully remastered in vinyl and on CD as well as a new 4 disc collection of 12″ mixes, b-sides and covers. What’s included in the box sets? What are the formats? What the hell is remastering anyway? Who is James Guthrie? And what is “Humming” and why should we be excited about hearing it? What started as a minisode stretched to nearly an hour of talk, enjoy!

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RIP Geoff Emerick, 1975 engineer on The Man With The Child In His Eyes

Geoff Emerick

Thanks to the Kate Bush Encyclopedia page for letting us know that Geoff Emerick, who was engineer on one of Kate’s earliest recording sessions in 1975 (The Saxophone Song, The Man With The Child In His Eyes, and the never released track known as “Maybe” or “Humming”) has passed away yesterday. RIP Geoff, our condolences to his family and friends. Geoff was best known for his work on classic album recordings by The Beatles.

Update: Kate has left a message about Geoff on her official site:

A message for Geoff

        Geoff Emerick was the first engineer I ever worked with. He recorded The Man With The Child in His Eyes along with a couple of other tracks at Air Studios in Oxford St in 1974. He was incredibly sweet and supportive – I’d never been in a recording studio before, let alone played live with an orchestra. He joked around with me and put me at ease. He had a brilliant sense of humour and was really quite mischievous. I’ll always remember him with a smile on his face. What a really lovely man he was, an incredibly gifted engineer and one of the truly great heroes of the music business. It was such an honour to work with him. 

Read about Geoff’s career at the excellent and constantly expanding KB Encyclopedia site here: http://www.katebushencyclopedia.com/emerick-geoff/ – it’s an amazing resource for fans.

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Kate’s first “red dress” video shoot remembered by cameraman Mike Miles

Kate Bush Wuthering Heights red dress

Last month, the exact location of the first incarnation of Kate’s Wuthering Heights video (the “red dress” version) was unearthed by fans – see our news report here. Now, user Kestrel on our site forum has made contact with the cameraman from that day, Mike Miles. We finally learned the date of the famous shoot (Wednesday 26th of October 1977) and received a very detailed report on what happened – which you can read below. Thanks to Kestrel for sharing!

Kate Bush … ‘Wuthering Heights Promo’ … Salisbury Plain… Wednesday 26th October 1977

From around 1976 to 1982 I worked as a freelance Lighting Cameraman, for Nick Abson’s company, ‘Rockflicks’, making pop promo and concert films with Nick . All the productions we made were shot on 16mm film. (no ‘videos’ in those days). From 3rd October to 5th November 1977, I was working with Nick on the first Stiff Records UK tour .. ‘The Live Stiffs Tour’… featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric and Larry Wallis. We were making a Feature length ‘fly on the wall’ film of the tour… ’If It Ain’t Stiff ..It Ain’t Worth a F…’ We travelled around the UK with the band on their coach, driven of course, by Trevor. I won’t elaborate on the antics that we all got up to during the tour, some of which are in the film. Other than to say, that it was the film crew who were thrown out of the infamous Watford Gap ‘Blue Boar’ motorway service station on the M1, for bad behaviour.

During the tour’s progress to the West and Wales we had a free day. To fill the gap, Nick had arranged to shoot a promo while we were travelling to the next Stiff gig. The promo was for an unknown singer called Kate Bush. The track was called ‘Wuthering Heights’. I remember hearing the track for the first time and thinking Kate was a bit squeaky! Because we had to shoot on the way West (the next gig may have been Cardiff, but not sure), Nick had found a grass field with a stand of trees in the middle of Salisbury Plain, which was convenient for continuing our journey after we had finished.

The night before, we stayed in a hotel in Salisbury, where we met Kate Bush and all had dinner together. I also discovered she grew up in Welling, Kent, which was only about 2 miles from where I grew up. It was probably quite daunting for young Kate, her first promo and in a strange hotel surrounded by an admiring bunch of blokes. She sensibly went to bed early and declined our request for her to join us for a drink in the bar.

Early the next morning we met up with a Grips who had driven down from London in an old white van, carrying an Elemack Spyder Dolly and a whole load of curved track. Once we found the location we had to get the van into the field. It was Autumn and had been raining. The entrance was very muddy, the van was very heavy. After a number of attempts to drive into the field, the van became completely stuck in the mud. We couldn’t unload it and carry the dolly to the location, it was too far and weighed half a ton. The only solution was to find a local farmer with a tractor and get the van towed out of the mud and down to the location. About 2 or 3 hours later, we had found a friendly farmer with a tractor. It was a dull grey morning and the field, although covered in grass, appeared as though it had once been ploughed. It was very uneven and also on a slope. We set up the track in a large semi-circle, checked that it was level, which was quite a feat and placed the dolly and camera in position. The sound play-back equipment, for the recording Kate would mime to, was all set up and tested. We were sort of ready to go.

I couldn’t really do much to enhance the look of the film. I did use a soft, light, diffusion filter, but had to be careful because of possible flaring from the sky. I couldn’t put graduated filters on the lens to control the sky, which was dull, but brighter than everything else, because of the trees and the fairly continuous tracking and camera framing. I didn’t have a light powerful enough to light Kate’s face from a distance and there was no sun to reflect light into her eyes. I did manage to use a hand held reflector for some of the close-ups. We also had a small smoke machine. Unfortunately it was quite windy, so the smoke blew quickly past Kate’s face. While we were assembling all the equipment, Kate had come over to me and said that she had been told that the Cameraman was the person to ask about how she looked! She had lovely long hair and had an artificial flower pinned into it. She asked me if I thought it was a good idea and if it looked all right. At the time it looked pretty good, she also seemed to want to keep it in if she could. I said it looked lovely and should keep it in her hair. Nick couldn’t wait any longer and we went straight into the filming with little rehearsal. We were already running out of time because of the delayed start. We had to get to the Stiff gig later that afternoon.

Once we started filming, Kate soon got into her dance routine and had obviously been working on it for some time. We covered the whole number as many times as possible, tracking back and forth, with occasional stops, filming different frame sizes from very wide to extreme close-up. Kate’s dance moves became pretty energetic. The flower in her hair slowly worked loose and started to flop around a bit. Her hair sometimes became caught up in it. By now it was too late to stop, remove it and start everything all over again. We just didn’t have time. I was feeling bad about my advice regarding the flower. Kate was also becoming tired after all the dancing on a ploughed grassy field. It was getting cold. After numerous takes we had to stop and pack up. Considering the early morning start, the long hold up with the van getting stuck, the difficult terrain for dancing and the dull, cold weather; Kate couldn’t have been more helpful, patient and friendly to everyone. I had got used to her voice and decided I liked it. However I wasn’t so sure if it would be a hit, or if she would become popular. Shows how much I knew. The crew accompanied Kate to Salisbury station and just as she was about to board the train back to London, she gave me a lovely hug and a kiss on the cheek. We were all in love with her by now. We then set off for the rest of the Stiff tour.

Mike Miles Director of Photography

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A CHRISTMAS KATE: The HomeGround Winter Party is on 23rd November, London!

A Christmas Kate poster

We’re delighted to announce that this year the HomeGround/KateBushNews.com party will be in the form of a fantastic WINTER themed celebration of Kate Bush in The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London on Friday, November 23rd. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS!

HomeGround and KateBushNews.com present


A winter celebration of the music of Kate Bush

Featuring special performances by Mandy, Michael and Dave from Cloudbusting

Mandy, Michael, Dave, Clooudbusting


A Sky Of Honey

Rose Garden

Rose Garden

The party will also feature A Sky of Honey


…and Rose Garden as the Ghost of Kate Past, Present and Future!


Plus DJs Phill Marriott, Dave Cross and Paul Thomas.

‘All Kate, all night’ – November Will Be Magic Again!

WHEN? FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2018  9:00PM – 3:00AM



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US podcast aims to discuss EVERY single Kate Bush song in-depth!

Cecilee LinkeJust a tip for you, in case this excellent podcast from Cecilee Linke in the USA has passed you by, I’ve only recently caught it myself! Strange Phenomena – The Music of Kate Bush aims to take every Kate Bush song recorded, in album order, devoting an entire episode to discussing each one in turn and in-depth. An ambitious undertaking to be sure, but Cecilee is already now rounding off her series of episodes on Never For Ever and will surely soon be setting her sights on Sat in Your Lap, The Dreaming and beyond. Chatting with fans and musicians, she leaves no stone unturned as she examines the history of each track, mulls over its meaning, lyrics, musical structure (Cecilee is a musician) and its place in Kate’s oeuvre.

Listen to all episodes (so far!) at the Strange Phenomena podcast site here, follow the Strange Phenomena podcast Facebook page here, or subscribe on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts (like OUR one!).

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast Episode 9: Bush Telegraph – Running Up That Phone Bill!

Darell and Paul 1985

Seán introduces the third outing of the Bush Telegraph specials and has a mini pub quiz about Lionheart (thanks, Simon). Paul and Darrell discuss the ‘fan gene’ and the extremes they went to as young teenagers, investigating future Kate releases and harassing EMI! They also discuss memorable encounters with Kate.

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Super Bear Studios founder remembers the recording of Lionheart 40 years ago

Damon Metrebian, the founder of Super Bear Studios in France, at which Kate recorded the bulk  of her album Lionheart, has posted a memory of that time on his Facebook page as well as a page from their studio guestbook signed by Kate and Del in 1978. Super Bear Studios was sadly destroyed in a fire in 1986.

“40 years ago we were deep into the production of LIONHEART, Kate Bush’s second album which featured songs, including “Wow”, “Hammer Horror” and “Oh England My Lionheart”. Kate is (and remains to this day) one of the most authentic and beautiful souls I ever had the privilege to meet.”

Kate and Del sign Super Bear guestbook

Kate said afterwards: “[Recording in France] was an amazing experience. I mean it’s the first time I’ve ever recorded out of the country. And the environment was really quite phenomenal, I mean it was just so beautiful, it was so unlike anything I’d seen for a long while. And I think there was so many advantages to it, but there were a couple of disadvantages – the fact that it was so beautiful, you couldn’t help but keep drifting off to the sun out there, you know, that sort of thing. But you just didn’t feel like you needed a break, because the vibes and the weather and everyone around was just so good, you know, you didn’t feel like you were working. It was really, really fun.” (Lionheart Promo Cassette, EMI Canada, 1978)

More memories of Lionheart on our latest podcast episode here!

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Running Up That Hill (2012) featured on ITV’s Vanity Fair

ITV Drama’s new six-part adaptation of the classic novel Vanity Fair is notable for featuring contemporary music on the soundtrack. Last Sunday 16th September it was Kate’s 2012 version of Running Up That Hill that was heard playing over the closing scenes.

Based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, it stars Olivia Cooke, Claudia Jessie, Michael Palin, Suranne Jones,  Martin Clunes, Tom Bateman and Johnny Flynn. Thanks to Sean Quinn for the clip!

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