Bits you might have missed …

The Muse Patrol discovers the lost treasure of Lionheart … Vegetable Jam discovers that yes, Kate wrote a song about that … Mallpolis catches 50 Words reviewed on Swedish TV … Who Knew? Mauri Stauffer revisits some of Kate’s work … Tide Music Reviews catch up on 50 WordsClassic Horror Campaign looks at Kate and Night of the Demon … Secret Songbook remembers DeliusGeographer have covered CloudbustingMy Search for Magic discovers DecemberMolars chews on Kate … HissyFit gets excited about 50 Words … The Divine Ordinary consider current events and This Woman’s WorkKrystal Difronzo has been preparing a Kate zineLewis Pringle finally laid hands on an Aerial vinyl … Prog Archives reviews The Kick Inside … the WomensLiteratureFestival looks at Debi Withers Adventures in Kate Bush and TheoryCatholic Exchange considers The Word and Experiment IV … At Jazz Times Theo Bleckman talks about Kate … The Noise Made by People rather likes MistyBirmingham Gardeners stop discussing privet hedges and turn to A song of Soloman … a podcast of djbennet’s “Chill Room” tribute to Kate … The Homage Show features Kate … Persephone Magazine looks at Directors Cut and 50 WordsWSSwarts Reviews the Universe but does not like AerialJosh Jones discovers a documentary “Kate Bush as Queen of Pop”  … BuzzFeed stitches together all Kate’s Fruitopia peicesScott Heim will release a new ebook on KateToo Much Apple Pie remembers Kate on RazzamatazRichard Metzger’s favourite album is The Dreaming …

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Wuthering Heights is 35 years young today!

The extraordinary single that first introduced the world to Kate Bush was released 35 years ago today (6th January 1978). It changed everything. Where were you when you first heard it?

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Brian Bath’s Life of Brian Band

Brian Bath, who played many of those guitar licks you remember from Kate’s early albums has his own band, “The Life of Brian” with Miranda (vocals) Stephen (Bass) and Phillip (Drums). The band are based in south-east London and play in pubs, clubs and at private functions, performing numbers from a wide range of musical styles and genres by artists such as Adele to ZZ Top! including The Beatles, The Kinks,  The Police, The Pretenders, Anastasia, KT Tunstall, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Sheryl Crow and much more.

Follow the band on Facebook. The band’s website with details of gigs, samples of tracks and video is here.

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Beck Sian’s current album Ye OId Silent Inn, and new projects for 2013

Beck is Kate’s cousin’s and a talented songwriter and singer.  Her current album, released in October 2012 is The Old Silent Inn. Beck says this CD is “a night-time, up on the moors, wraiths, haunted staircases, and highwaymen, and very much influenced by the ghost stories and scenery surrounding The Old Silent Inn at Stanbury, near Haworth”

The tracks are as follows: Wycoller Hall, The Black Silk Handkerchief, The Moon on the 13th, Ye Olde Silent Inn, Down in Yon Forest, The Dark Stairs, The Moors, Lady of the Wind, Molly Malone, The Old Clock on the Stairs, Her Soul to a Highwayman, Top Withens, Tales of a Wayside Inn, and The Mirror in the Deserted Hall.

Listen to it in the Winter twilight by the flickering light of a candle, and not alone.

Here are Beck’s own notes on some of the tracks:

The Black Silk Handkerchief: I once fell in love with a traditional Irish song called ‘The Holland Handkerchief’ on a CD by American Celtic singer Connie Dover. Ever since that moment I knew I had to sing my own interpretation of it. It’s such a wonderful story-song.

Ye Olde Silent Inn: I have been very fortunate to have been invited repeatedly over the past few years to sing and perform in Haworth and Stanbury. For the past two years, when I have performed at the folk night organised by the Folk at the Wuthering Heights (at the Wuthering Heights Inn, Stanbury), I have stayed at the Old Silent Inn. I am an avid reader of books featuring true accounts of ghostly phenomena, and I had read all about the ghosts of the Old Silent long before I stayed there. I love the place. I love the name! I love its location. I love the stories. It’s been such an inspiration. I wrote this little song about it, and then it developed into a whole CD loosely based upon stories and places that surround the Old Silent.

Top Withens: What can I say?… If you’ve never walked out across the moors to Top Withens near Haworth, then you really must (if only because my CD will make more sense once you’ve experienced it (at the very least, look at images on the ‘net and imagine the wind wuthering and howling). I wrote this song as a tribute to the wind, and the spirits of the wind, and the memories lurking in the ruined farmhouse at Top Withens. In this song, with my voice, I try to BE that mischievious, heartless wind.

The Mirror in the Deserted Hall: With some of the most haunting, atmospheric music by Chris Gill that I have ever had the privilege to hear, I created a performance based upon the idea of sitting in an upstairs room in Wycoller Hall, but in my imaginings there are still floorboards there, and a cracked, dusty old mirror on the wall (or maybe I’m in East Riddlesdon Hall – another very haunted and moody building in the area). I’m in a dusty attic and I’m alone, but very aware of the sound of children laughing, toys being moved around by unseen hands and an old rocking horse moving back and forth by itself. A ghostly nanny flits about, looking for the children, unaware that many years have passed since the fire that took them all away…

You can purchase Ye Old Silent Inn CD at this link or you can download individual tracks or full albums here.

Beck’s has busy plans for 2013: “I intend to release two CDs in 2013!! Both will be slightly shorter than my previous CDs, and both will have strong themes, concepts and imagery. One will be a seasonal, frosty collection of Winter songs. The other will be a darker collection, allowing me to explore and experiment with my love of metal ballads and gothic themes and sounds. I am very, very excited about both projects, and I’m very much looking forward to working with the wonderful Steve Palmer again (engineer and co-producer of ‘Ye Olde Silent Inn’) and also my good friend Chris Gill. I also look forward to singing for Steve Palmer and Chris Gill on their own projects.”

Beck’s previous album was 2009’s Luminous Wings and Unseen Things, sixteen songs inspired by haunted gardens: Lavender’s Blue, In the Greenery, The Garden Seat, I Just Am, Siúil a Rúin, Down by the Salley Gardens, In a Secret Garden, Bushes & Briars, Old Mr. Crow, Tall, Waving Delphiniums in Storm-light, Thornfield, The Topiary Garden, She Moved Through the Faire, Weep Ye No More, Sad Fountains and bonus tracks Moss (Live), and Thornfield (Acoustic).

 

2006’s Unfurling, contained sixteen songs set within the light and shade of a Haunted Forest, featuring Celtic harp by Beck, didgeridoo by Stax: The Didgeman, keys by Paul Strahan, fiddle by Pieter Hart, bullroarer by Beck’s dad, David: Dungarvan, Unfurling, Moss, Tangled In Green, Shadow of a Dream, Greensleeves, Messages In Dreams, Under Thunderous Skies, The Blacksmith, Sherbrooke Forest, The Night Will Never Stay, The Foggy Dew, Mountain Ash, and Bonus Tracks Strahany’s ‘Black’ Mix, Ethereal, and Dream Beneath Trees.

These albums are available from iTunes or Beck’s website.

You can follow Beck on Facebook.

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Flash! – Kate created CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours

In the 2013 New Year Honours list HM Queen Elizabeth II has created Kate CBE – that is Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

First founded to recognise the service of all ranks of British society in 1917, in its modern form the Order recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds. Today the Order is the order of chivalry of British democracy. Valuable service is the only criterion for the award. There are five ranks of the Order. CBE is the third, ranked above OBE and MBE. It does not carry the title of Dame which is bestowed by the two senior ranks KBE and GBE. CBE is awarded amongst other things for for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area of national life.

The official citation for Kate says: Ms Catherine Bush. (Kate Bush) Singer and Songwriter. For services to Music.

Also created CBE this year are Tracy Emin, and also Arlene Phillips, with whom Kate took dance classes at the begining of her career. David Munns, long serving EMI executive, and now an advisor of Kate’s also gets an OBE for his work with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity and The Music Industry Trusts Award.

The Daily Telegraph reports: Bush, one of the most distinctive singers and songwriters of her generation, said it was a “great surprise” to be awarded a CBE for her services to music.The 54-year-old, whose first hit Wuthering Heights topped the charts and instantly made her a star, said: “I feel deeply honoured to be included in this list.”

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Previous awards of the CBE include Billy Conolly, Arthur C Clarke, Michael Caine, Helena Bonham-Carter, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Richard Curtis, Darcy Bussell, John Boorman, Peter Blake, Richard Burton and Peggy Ashcroft,  Catherine Zeta Jones, and Daley Thompson the pentathlete born on the same day as Kate.

Kate will be invested with the insignia of the honour by Queen Elizabeth or another senior member of the Royal Family at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace sometime in 2013.

All of us at KateBushNews.com send Kate our heartiest congratulations

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Happy Christmas from Katebushnews.com!!

Another remarkable year for us Kate Bush fans, we’re still not quite over the thrill (and chart success) of Kate revisiting Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God); a song shared with hundreds of millions around the world at the Olympics. And we still love that Kate appeared in person to accept her South Bank Award to such a lovely, warm reception. Who knows what 2013 will bring?

HAPPY CHRISTMAS! From Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán :)

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Kate wishes her fans a Merry Christmas!

A dog made of snow, called Snowflake, wearing a Santa hat. Perfect! Kate sends her fans a Christmas message on her official site.

Thanks for all your lovely messages of encouragement over the year. It means such a lot. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. With love, Kate

HappyChristmas2012

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Kate’s hat auction helps out a worthy cause!

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Kate has recently donated a faux fur hat that she wore in publicity photos from the ’50 Words For Snow’ album campaign to a celebrity auction held on Ebay. After 58 bids, the hat eventually raised £861 for St. Mungo’s, an organisation that provides emergency shelter for homeless people in London and the South of England. Other famous people who donated hats to the auction included Annie Lennox, Roger Federer, Kevin Spacey, Ricky Gervais, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Renée Zellweger, Sir Ben Kingsley and Susan Boyle.

If you would like to help out St. Mungo’s this Christmas, please visit their website here or buy one of their special hand-knitted woolly hats here

St. Mungos Woolly Hat Day

From the auction catalogue: This hat donated by Kate Bush has been crafted from black felted fabric. The details include a soft, domed crown with a two tone grey faux fur trim. This perfect for winter hat has been signed by Kate on the inner silver satin lining. This is the same hat worn on promotional artwork for her critically acclaimed latest album, “50 Words for Snow”.

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‘Cloudbusting’ Kate tribute band get us in the Christmas mood!

Quite lovely! Read more about ‘Cloudbusting’, the Kate Bush tribute band currently getting raves in the Kate Bush fan community at their Facebook page, here.

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Big Boi discusses (again!) those Kate Bush collaboration rumours…

Big Boi

Big Boi from OutKast has long made it clear that he is determined to work with Kate. While his recent solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, didn’t ultimately include any work between the two, he remains optimistic. Here’s this excerpt from an interview on the Creative Loafing site:

Obviously a lot of rumored collaborators made the final record, but what happened with Kate Bush? Did anything ever come to light with that?

Actually, I sent Kate Bush “Tremendous Damage” and another song called “Green Grass,” which was probably going to be on my next album. She loves them, and we’re just waiting for a chance to go to London and have a sit down with her and have crumpets and tea so we can kind of get more familiar with each other. Hopefully in the near future that can happen — we’re just looking for that little tea date.

Are there any others artists out there that you still haven’t worked with that you would like to, besides Kate?

Shit, only Kate. Only Kate.

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Kate writes foreword to new book by photographer Tim Walker

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A little late with this news – Kate has written the foreword to a book of photographs by Tim Walker. Tim was responsible for much of the extraordinary booklet photography in the sumptuous Director’s Cut packaging last year. The book is entitled Tim Walker: Story Teller and is available at Amazon here. Read more about Tim at this article here or at his official site. From Kate’s foreword: “This book is like a collection of paintings. I imagine Tim perched up in the crow’s nest of a giant toy sail-boat, sailing a painted sea, hunting for ship-wrecked dreams.”  

Kate as Marion by Tim Walker

An outtake from the Director’s Cut sessions by Tim (above) has recently surfaced in the 40th anniversary edition of W Magazine. Tim captioned the photo: “Kate Bush, for me, encompasses the passionate heroine with a tender ordinariness, kind of like a mother going into battle.”

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Updated: Carol Keogh, Irish singer and songwriter needs YOU!

Carol Keogh

Update: 8th December: Carol has hit her target with just one day to go! Thanks for indulging my effort here on the site. I hope you all check out her music and her new album when it’s ready next year. Seán.

Hello everyone, Seán here with a sincere appeal to you to consider helping out an exceptional female artist. You may have noticed the banner I have placed at the top of the site for Carol Keogh‘s Fundit campaign to have her debut solo album made. I have been mesmerised by Carol’s lyrics and by her voice since the mid 1990s when she sang with a band called The Plague Monkeys. It’s been my pleasure to introduce people to her work with bands like The Tycho Brahe, Autamata and The Natural History Museum over the years. The most common reaction from new listeners has been: “Why have I never heard of this woman before?!” A genius lyricist, she has written the words to just about everything she has sang over the past two decades. Well, just take a listen:

She’s world-class and seems to have that knack of producing utterly stunning work every time she’s involved in a project. I was thrilled when she agreed to appear at two of our past Kate Bush gatherings for The Sensual Walk in Dublin – her covers of Babooshka and Wow were heart-stopping and brought the house down. Yes, she can hit all those notes! The Carol Keogh fan *and* Kate Bush fan in me was pinching himself.

And now she has dedicated herself to making her first solo album, called ‘Mongrel City‘. Without any industry funds she’s taking the nerve-shredding option of looking for pledges of money from those who sign up to the Fundit website. As I write there are 19 days to go and she’s still only halfway funded.

Please remember that it is only a pledge at this juncture. No money will be debited unless Carol reaches or exceeds the target. Also, in case there is anyone who thinks this is a form of charity, even the most basic reward (€10) buys you an MP3 download of the finished album, so no one is being asked to give money for nothing. That’s a very important point. As Carol has said this week: “…time is running out and fundamentally, I don’t have a plan B. I’m doing this because I have to, so I need everyone’s support now.”

To find out how to pledge a little (or a lot) go here: http://www.fundit.ie/project/mongrel-city-debut-album-by-carol-keogh

I’ll leave you with this gorgeous little video Carol recorded very recently under a bridge in Dublin. I hope you can help spread the word about her campaign as it enters its last couple of weeks. Thanks for letting me share this with you. Normal Kate Bush service will be restored soon!  – Seán.

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Happy Birthday Del Palmer!

Wishing Del a very happy birthday today, from all of us at KateBushNews.com! Have a great birthday weekend, sir!  – Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán

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Stephen W Tayler, sound mixer on Kate’s most recent records, releases new solo album of original compositions

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Stephen W Taler – ‘Ostinato’ album cover art

We’re very excited to pass on the news that Stephen W Tayler, the multi-talented mix engineer and sound artist who has worked closely with Kate on ‘Director’s Cut’, ’50 Words For Snow’ and this summer’s hit single “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 Remix’, has today released his first solo album of original compositions. It is entitled: ‘Ostinato’

Stephen exclusively tells katebushnews.com: “I love to work with mood and texture. ‘Ostinato’ is a collection of hypnotic pieces based on music and sound inspired by my experiences and travels.” For more information about Stephen’s incredible career (he has worked not only with Kate but also the likes of Tina Turner, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega,  Stevie Nicks and Underworld to name but a few) visit: http://ostinatomusic.comThe site features some great previews and extra content about the new album, along with this touching dedication by Stephen:

“Special note of thanks to Kate Bush for giving me the confidence to finally complete this work.”

We’ll be joining Kate and many others by wrapping our ears around these new atmospheric soundscapes that Stephen has been dreaming about creating his entire life…

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The HomeGround Book – Aiming for Christmas 2012

After a very successful meeting with our publisher today we can now say that HomeGround the Kate Bush Magazine – An Anthology 1982-2012 will consist of two hard cover volumes (in a format which is slightly smaller than A4) with approx 600 pages in each volume.

Although HomeGround commenced publishing in 1982, the magazine has contained articles about all periods of Kate’s career, and the book is arranged around a Kate chronology.

Volume One will contain the introductions, Part I (the period from Kate’s early demo recordings to Sat in Your Lap) and Part II (The Dreaming to The Sensual World). Volume Two will contain Part III (The Red Shoes to 50 Words for Snow). The anthology will be illustrated with artwork and photographs from all periods of HomeGround’s history.

The cost will be about £30 per volume and the books will be available at Amazon and various other outlets. It will certainly be available in the US. We are now working very hard toward having these books ready for realease in time for Christmas.

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