Kate receives her CBE from the Queen! Dedicates it to her family, friends, fellow musicians…and all of us!

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Warm congratulations to Kate today! At a special investiture ceremony in Windsor Castle she received her CBE from the Queen.

Kate chose not to speak to the press after the ceremony but issued a short statement:

“I feel incredibly thrilled to receive this honour which I share with my family, friends and fellow musicians and everyone who has been such an important part of it all. Now I’ve got something really special to put on top of the Christmas tree.”

Kate has now added to the statement on her official site:

“The ‘everyone’ in the quote above of course includes all of you.  Thank you so very much for all your fantastic support and encouragement.  I feel extremely privileged to still have an audience.  It’s you that have made my work, which would otherwise have just been creative projects, into a success.
Many, many thanks to the best fans ever,
Kate  x

PS  I hate the term ‘fans’ but couldn’t think of how else to word it.”

We hope that you are enjoying your special day, Kate – richly deserved for the years of sheer talent, joy, inspiration and excitement you have poured into this world. Have a blast!

Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán x

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The HomeGround Midsummer Party ~ Friday 21st June 2013

On this Midsummer night …

++++HOMEGROUND MIDSUMMER KATE BUSH PARTY++++SPECIAL LIVE SET BY CLOUDBUSTING++++FRIDAY 21ST JUNE 2013++++ THE ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN LONDON++++9PM to 3AM++++FEATURING DJS PAUL BURSTON++++ PHIL MARRIOTT++++ DAVE CROSS++++ PAUL THOMAS++++

Following the success of last year’s 30th Anniversary HomeGround party, Editors Peter, Dave and Krys are pleased to confirm that there will be another Kate themed party this year.

This year’s event will take place on Friday 21st June ~ the Summer Solstice ~ and 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.

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We are very pleased to confirm that the night will feature an exclusive live performance from Kate Bush tribute band Cloudbusting fronted by long time Kate fan and HomeGround reader, Lisa Oliver.

The band will be performing a special set for the HomeGround party and are asking fans to make suggestions for Kate songs they would like to hear on the night, making this a unique event mixing some of Kate’s most well-known songs with fan favourites.

You can email your suggestions to: katebushmydreamthree@yahoo.co.uk

The night will also feature DJ sets from Paul Burston, Phil Marriot, HG editor Dave Cross and Paul Thomas.

The RVT is a fantastic venue, celebrating its 150th birthday this year. We are very excited about this party, which will be a great night for Kate fans.

Advance tickets are £8 each available from this pay pal link or the link on the HomeGround page.




There will be tickets on sale on the night for £10.

There will be updates to follow plus more information on Cloudbusting and the DJs.

We are also hoping that this will be the launch party for the HomeGround book, now proceeding to proof, itself taking almost as long to produce as a Kate album!

rvtThe Royal Vauxhall Tavern
372 Kennington Lane,
Vauxhall,
London SE11 5HY

 

 

www.rvt.org.uk

 

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Beck Sian’s 2013 Album plans

Beck writes…

It’s funny how things change… all the time… all is change… Just weeks ago I was determined to release a mini-album of symphonic gothic metal, filled with themes of vampires and haunted ruins. I am a BIG fan of “vampire romances”, as you know. I intended to write the lyrics and do the singing, but to invite some fabulously talented friends to write the music for me to sing to. The motivation behind this project was simply that I needed to “scratch an itch”. While I tend to sing moody, ghostly ballads and dark folk songs, I also enjoy listening to heavier music. I have always wanted to try singing with screaming guitars and angry drums. I wanted to be the wailing banshee over the top of the dark soundscapes.

Now two different things have happened which have caused a sudden change in direction. I am very excited by it all and I hope that you will be too, and that I won’t be disappointing any of you. Firstly, I ‘placed an ad’ on Facebook and my website, announcing that I wanted to sing with heavy, symphonic music and inviting people to get in touch with me. My recording engineer and co-producer of ‘Ye Olde Silent Inn’, Steve Palmer, happened to mention me to Brian Dade of AiiRadio, who happened to know that UK pagan prog/symphonic rock band LEGEND were seeking a singer… and the rest is history… I am now singing for LEGEND. I have just about finished recording the main vocals for the new LEGEND CD ‘Spirit’, to be released later this year. Singing with this epic, awesome music has been such a wonderful experience. I am loving it. I get to sing with all of my “different voices” – my “head voice”, my “tummy voice” and all sorts of challenging transitions between the two. I am always an emotional singer with my main focus on trying to create or interpret moods and atmospheres with my voice, and that is something that LEGEND’s music has really given me an huge amount of scope to experiment with. Singing with Paul’s guitar, Steve’s keys and John’s drumming is SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Steve Paine is LEGEND’s main music writer, as well as being the keyboard player, sound engineer, producer and pretty much bits and pieces of everything else! Steve and I are developing a great recording relationship, as well as friendship, and I feel comfortable exploring my vocal capabilities and trying to stretch myself in new directions. I am looking forward to seeing where LEGEND goes next! (www.stevepaine.org).

So, back to the story… I still intended to go ahead with my little heavy, dark project as well, and I got talking with a friend named Dan Sullivan, who is a pretty awesome guitarist. He agreed to write some music for me to sing to and I started to outline the whole vampire/haunted house theme. We then got together a couple of times to have a play around with some ideas. Then a wonderful thing started to happen… the songs began to take on a life of their own and basically demanded to be able to speak with their own voices. The lyrics, no matter how much I tried to enforce vampires and full moons into them, kept crying out to be emotional words of the heart… of failed relationships, of betrayals, of hurts, of rejections…

So… instead of fighting against change and instead of trying to force the songs to be a certain way, I feel strongly that I must go with the flow and record this little collection of emotionally-based songs co-written by Dan Sullivan and myself. The music that Dan has written is still quite heavy, but the vibe is more “metal ballad” and even “grunge-like”. I have also written a little piece of guitar which Dan and I are developing into a moody little instrumental piece… and you never know… maybe a vampire will still come misting into the words somewhere… but only if the words let him :)

So, I feel that I have “scratched my itch” with LEGEND’s ‘Spirit’ CD and my collaboration with Dan Sullivan. I can’t wait to share both collections of music with you! I look forward to telling you more about both of them in the near future.

I am still releasing my fourth solo CD later this year – a wintery, frosty album. As you can imagine, the current weather is perfect for inspiration and the songs are developing in a tinkling, icy, white-fluffy way :)

Thanks for listening,

Stay warm and safe,

Beck xx

 

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Kate to release 10″ picture disc for Record Store Day! Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix) b/w Walk Straight Down The Middle!

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Update: Kate’s official site has now announced that the number of discs has been increased to 4 thousand this year.  Two and a half thousand copies of these discs will be allocated to independent record stores in the UK and the rest will be distributed to independent record retailers around the world.

On Saturday April 20th, for the third year in a row, Kate is releasing a special 10″ vinyl single to coincide with Record Store Day. Following on from the Hounds of Love EP (2011) and Lake Tahoe/Among Angels (2012), this year Kate releases a 10″ vinyl picture disc of Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix) and Walk Straight Down the Middle from The Sensual World album. The lead track, with all-new vocal, was a UK number 6 hit for Kate in 2012 after it was prominently featured at the Olympics closing ceremony. No firm news yet on the number of singles being made available with this release, but we will update when we can. Zoetrope animation of the actual disc artwork courtesy of Kate’s official site. Read more at Kate’s official site here and at the Record Store Day website here.

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Netherlands fan gathering at Efteling – May 25th

In the run up to the June 21st HomeGround Kate Bush party in London (read more here) some fans on Facebook have organised a relaxed meet-up at Efteling theme park in the Netherlands on May 25th. The park is famous among fans as the filming location of a Dutch Kate Bush television special in May 1978. Full details for the day are at this page here or join the organisers Facebook group here.

Yirry Yanya, the person behind the Efteling meet-up site, has recently won praise for this fan-made animation which they created based on Kate’s song Misty – check it out :)

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“WOW – 35 years of Kate Bush” feature in Gay Times

Gay Times May 2013Gay Times in the UK have been in touch to let us know that they have a nicely put together feature on Kate in their current issue (May 2013). From their press release: “Calling all Kate Bush fans! Gay Times, the world’s longest-running gay magazine has decided to celebrate 35 years of Kate Bush in our new issue with a unique timeline of her greatest hits. GT jump back 35 years to tell the story of each of her sensational tracks. Looking at her releases like this underlines how Bush’s career is full of surprises – invariably pleasant ones. She’s moved from quirky outsider in Wuthering Heights, to the creator of one of the definitive albums of the 1980s in the shape of Hounds of Love, before a relative critical lull with The Red Shoes in 1993. Simply celebrate the variety of songs that make up her outstanding discography in our new issue on sale in stores and available to download now.”

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Norwegian comic strip ‘Nemi’ knows….

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From René: Norwegian comic strip Nemi did this strip of the main character, Nemi, obviously being flattered by the notion that “Facebook thinks you might know: Kate Bush” (thanks René) [Source]

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Syd Arthur (featuring Raven Bush) – new single, album and tour announced!

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We have a real soft spot for this band, not least because one of the members (fiddle-playing Raven Bush) is Kate’s nephew. Fresh, accomplished, joyous music to listen to – and Syd Arthur are only getting better and better. Their recent single ‘Dorothy’ received great national radio support in the UK – including an enthusiastic endorsement from Paul Weller when he guest presented on BBC Radio 2. 11th March sees them releasing a new double-A side single Ode to Summer / Edge of the Earth. A headline UK and Ireland tour kicks off this month (see below or www.sydarthur.co.uk for dates!).

Greatly inspired by the sonic pioneers of the late 60s and early 70s, they have patiently learned how to engineer, produce and mix themselves, using an innovative hybrid of analogue and digital techniques. They seamlessly mix bucolic, retro reveries, devastating blasts of precision controlled riffing, sweeping folk, fleet-fingered mandolin work and a musical vocabulary that’s as fluently conversant with world music as it is the time signature twists of many progressive artists.

Meanwhile, their impressive new album, “On An On”, has been warmly embraced by the music press:

‘Dorothy begins with a calmative wash of heat-have guitars, then cedes to a lazy, joined at the hip groove that’s a small marvel of poise and subtlety…. Enchanting’ - MOJO 

‘Dizzyingly intricate… they bristle with energy and ideas’ – Q

 ‘Strong compositional ideas… a careering piece’ – Uncut

 ‘Absurdly talented’ – Word

‘Syd Arthur are sons and heirs of those Canterbury musicians who did sometimes whimsical, sometimes intense things with psychedelic and progressive rock’ – The Guardian.co.uk 

‘Staggeringly good. It will take something exceptional to beat On An On to Prog Album Of The Year’ – Classic Rock

‘Fleet-fingered folky flavours steeped in prime prog history’ – Prog

‘A unique sound that is both full and intriguing… curious and surprisingly uplifting’ – Guitar Techniques

‘Blends taut mandolin lines with fuzztone propelled jazz guitar… fresh and relevant’ – Guitarist

HEADLINE UK TOUR FEB 2013

9th – BREWERY ARTS CENTRE – KENDAL
Adv Tickets: £7.50 Doors: 8pm
http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/music/listing/syd-arthur

10th – THE MAZE – NOTTINGHAM
Adv Tickets: £6 (£4 NUS) Doors: 8pm
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/197835

11th – OPORTO – LEEDS
http://oportobar.co.uk/

12th – BAND ON THE WALL – MANCHESTER
Adv Tickets: £7.50 Doors: 7.30pm
http://bandonthewall.org/events/3720/

13th – BROADCAST – GLASGOW
Adv Tickets: £7 Doors: 8pm
http://www.pclpresents.com/shows.html

14th – ROISIN DUBH – GALWAY
http://www.roisindubh.net

15th – WHELANS – DUBLIN
Adv Tickets: €6 online, €8 on the door Doors: 7pm
http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/

19th – LOUISIANA – BRISTOL
Adv Tickets: £6 Doors: 8pm
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/197838

20th – SEBRIGHT ARMS – LONDON
Adv Tickets: £7 Doors: 8pm
http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/

21st – STICKY MIKES FROG BAR – BRIGHTON
Adv Tickets: £7 Doors: 8pm
http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/

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Cloudbusting: Gigs for 2013

Cloudbusting were formed in Spring 2012 with the aim of performing live the uniquely beautiful music of Kate Bush. The band says: “We all know there can only be one Kate and no-one does it quite like her! At a Cloudbusting show you can expect all of the atmosphere, musical style and visual excellence of Kate Bush, faithfully recreated LIVE on stage…”

The band’s new year kicked off at Remedies Bar Taunton today and will continue on Saturday 16th February at The Palladium Club Bideford, Friday 29th March at the The Patriot Inn Crumlin, Thursday 9th May at the The Diamond Sutton-in-Ashfield, Friday 10th May at Huntingdon Hall Worcester, Saturday 1st June at the Cream Tea Charity Biker Run North Devon, Friday 12th July at The Tropic at Ruislip Middlesex, and 18th August (tbc) at the Tribfest Sledmore House Yorkshire. Other dates will follow.

On Saturday 13th April the band will perform on BBC Radio Devon’s John Govier Show.

 

 

 

 

Cloudbusting does Nocturne:

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Further details, and sound and video clips on the band’s website here. You can also follow the band on Facebook.

 

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New book on Kate’s influence on contemporary music

Symphony in Blue: Kate Bush and her legacy by Marta Oliehoek-Samitowska is a book about the huge influence Kate has had on those who have followed:

All kinds of artists cite her as a source of inspiration: young and old, mainstream and underground, male and female, coming from all the corners of the world and from very different music genres. The main purpose of this book is to discuss Kate’s uniqueness and her influence on the new generation of musicians together with some of the freshest and loveliest female artists around. And to celebrate female creativity in general.

Featuring contributions from more than 60 artists, including Heather Nova, Charlotte Martin, Marissa Nadler, Melissa auf der Maur, Marijne van der Vlugt, Shara Worden, Emily Bezar, Katharine Blake, Nona Marie Invie, Terami Hirsch, Priscilla Hernandez, Tara Busch, Mary Epworth, Heather Findlay, Emma Anderson, Emma Pollock, Noe Venable, Laura Groves, Jo Hamilton, Jenny Hval, Liv Kristine, Anja Garbarek, Jesca Hoop and Kate’s cousins Beck Sian and Sarah Daly.”

The book will be published at the end of February and more information can be found here.

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“The First Time I Heard Kate Bush” – new e-book available now!

The First Time I Heard Kate Bush - Scott HeimScott Heim, acclaimed author of “Mysterious Skin”, “We Disappear” and other novels has been editing a terrific series of e-books that focus on musicians telling about their “first time” hearing specific iconic artists. There are five in the initial series, including David Bowie, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths and of course Kate Bush. Scott says: “Some amazing people have written for the Kate book, including John Grant, Simon from Engineers, Anka from Clan of Xymox, Louise Rutkowski (This Mortal Coil), Paul from Trash Can Sinatras, and many other musicians & writers.”

You can buy the e-book on Amazon here.

When he began The First Time I Heard project, he simply wrote letters and e-mails to musicians and other writers whose work he admired. The response was overwhelming; after only four months, he’d already received personal essays from nearly 200 people including Throwing Muses, Mercury Rev, Gang Gang Dance, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Stereolab, and Spiritualized.

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‘“I wanted to edit a book where musicians and writers tell their brief, first-person stories about those pivotal moments in their lives: where they were, how they felt, and how this “first hearing” really changed the way they listen to, and appreciate, music,” Heim says. “For many years, I’d been fascinated with hearing people talk about their strongest memories of particular bands, albums, or songs. I’d become especially intrigued with how music lovers remember the first time they heard the music of bands or singers that “shaped” them. A “casual” music listener often doesn’t remember those powerful, life-changing moments—but the true music fan always seems to have a special, nostalgic, lovingly detailed memory of, say, the first time they heard Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ or David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ or The Smiths’ ‘This Charming Man’.” Read more at the book project’s Facebook page.

You can buy the e-book on Amazon here.

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Maaike Breijman’s “Wow – A Celebration of the Music of Kate Bush” to tour in 2013

The Kate tribute show featuring Maaike Breijman will tour the UK in 2013. “Wow, A Celebration of the Music & Artistry of Kate Bush” will open at The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on Friday 22nd February, and the tour will proceed as follows: Saturday 23rd February – St. Georges Hall, Bradford Mon 25th February – Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Wednesday 27th February – The Sage, Gateshead, Thursday 28th February – Opera House, Manchester
Saturday 2nd March – De Montford Hall, Leicester, Sunday 3rd March – The Anvil, Basingstoke, Monday 4th March – Waterside, Aylesbury, Wednesday 6th March – Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Thursday 7th March – Opera House, York, Friday 8th March – Derngate Theatre, Northampton, Sunday 10th March – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.

The minimum ticket price will be £19.50 and you can buy tickets from Maaike’s webite here.

The first European date will be Thursday 25th April – Carre Theatre, Amsterdam and the minimum ticket price will be 17 Euros. Further dates are to be announced.

Says Maaike: “While we’re still in production rehearsals it’s a little bit of a guess which songs will be my favourite to perform, as they might be different from the ones I love to sing most or listen to at home.  But I’m really looking forward to performing Breathing, Them Heavy People and Army Dreamers. I won’t say anything more about the set list though.”

Producer Spike Beecham says: “It was important to me that this show was treated as if I was putting together a show for Kate Bush and our idea of what we believe Kate Bush would have done with the songs she never performed live. We have an amazing live band, taken the elements of dance we found in videos and from footage of Kate’s one and only tour and used these as a basis for some newly choreographed routines.

 

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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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