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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 CHRISTMAS KATE

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

WHERE? THE ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN, 372 KENNINGTON LANE, VAUXHALL, LONDON, ENGLAND

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS!

Classic Pop 40th Anniversary Magazine Special features Katebushnews.com!

We’re very happy to be featured so prominently in this highly sought after Classic Pop Presents – Kate Bush 40th Anniversary Edition magazine. The HomeGround anthologies are reviewed – “packed with news, views and illustrations from an eclectic perspective, it perfectly captures her musical spirit.” Also, I am interviewed about how I got started in the KB online world and how I have kept the site going for over 20 years. Elsewhere I wrote an article, “All We Ever Look For” on the storytelling of Kate Bush, and the meanings behind some of her songs. I picked out just 8 random examples of Kate’s songs to write about in the end – not easy to choose! The Magazine, a visual feast for fans, is on sale in newsagents across the UK and Ireland now and still available to order online from Classic Pop here.

Kate Bush News in Classic Pop

Kate Bush Special - Classic Pop

Katebushnews.com is 20 years old today!

KBNI 1998 front page

The front page of Kate Bush News & Information from 1998

At the risk of everyone getting “anniversary fatigue” what with all the Kate 40th celebrations this year, I thought it was worth marking the fact that on this day, 20 years ago, I launched the Kate Bush News & Information website. On the 25th January 1998 I had no training in HTML or web design or photoshop (could you tell?!!) but I was driven by a need to put something on the web that I felt was sorely lacking at the time – a site that told the world that, despite a 5 year absence (at that point) Kate was still a contemporary and very influential artist and there was still PLENTY of Kate-related news to report and get excited about. Basically…I wanted to make a website that I could browse myself and enjoy (and weirdly I often found myself doing just that!) It was a different online world then – no Google, Facebook, Youtube or Twitter, and it was a lot of hard work gathering news and doing updates without the luxury of things like WordPress – it was a labour of love.

Luckily the site rapidly gained in popularity and fans became very generous and helpful informing me of all kinds of news from all over the world. Five years later, in April 2003, I launched the site forum which became a thriving meeting place for all manner of discussion and debate among Kate fans. My friends in HomeGround agreed to have their home here on the site and we have enjoyed many exclusive stories and announcements over the years – like when Kate wanted to tell her fans about her son’s birth through the site or when we were the first place anywhere to officially announce the Aerial release after 12 long years between albums!

As we continue to do what we do, and now with the addition of our Kate Bush Fan podcasts (hope you can check them out), I’d like to thank you all so much for all the support and goodwill you’ve shown this site over the last two decades. Special thanks to Peter, Krys and Dave from HomeGround, to Paddy Bush, John Carder Bush and Del Palmer for their warm support, to Brian Cloughley for so much amazing graphic work over the years, to Mike Wade for steering the forum through all kinds of drama during the early years, and to my family and friends who must have often thought I was a bit mad. And of course to Kate for making the extraordinary music that has brought us all together. You’ve been great – THANKS! – Seán x

KBNI news page 1998

The News page of Kate Bush News & Information in 1998

The Kate Bush Fan Podcast Minisode 1: Coffee Homeground

In the first of our shorter “minisode” podcasts we (randomly) throw the spotlight on one particular song – this time it’s Coffee Homeground! Seán discusses the tracks origins, it’s distinctive Brechtian feel, the possible influence of a very creepy short story by Roald Dahl and he also looks at how the song was realised on the live stage by Kate back in 1979.

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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Coffee Homeground

The Kate Bush Fan Podcast – coming soon! Listen to our teaser episode!

We’re delighted to let you know that this site will soon begin regular publication of a podcast for all fans of Kate Bush to listen to – The Kate Bush Fan Podcast from KateBushNews.com and HomeGround Magazine. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and all usual places – for now you can hear our shorter teaser episode below!

In this short intro episode, Seán Twomey announces the podcast and we include an interview Seán did with Mandy Watson, backstage in the Sugar Club in Dublin, where she was performing with Michael Mayell as the “Kate Bush Songbook” aka the acclaimed Kate Bush tribute band, Cloudbusting. Hope you enjoy it and feel free to let us know what you’d like to hear on the podcast by emailing us: podcast@katebushnews.com UPDATE: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes – never miss an episode!

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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:

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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.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29p5RAd7-Fo[/youtube]

 

The Sensual Walk – Howth, Ireland. This Saturday, 16th June!

Can you tell this event came together a bit later than usual this year? I’m very happy to say that The Sensual Walk event is happening again on Howth Head, Dublin Ireland on Bloomsday, Saturday 16th June. We are gathering at 2pm for a 3pm kick off at the summit car park in Howth. The event is inspired by Kate’s song, The Sensual World, and celebrates James Joyce, Ulysses, Dublin and of course Kate and her music. This year the event is being co-organised with the wonderful Siobhán Kane and Young Hearts Run Free, in aid of the Dublin Simon Community. We’ll have no evening venue this time, so the emphasis will be on music performances in the open air on the Hill of Howth by some great Irish musicians, recitations, peaches and seedcake on the hill and picnic fun! The event is “weather oblivious” so come prepared!

Young Hearts Run FreeAfter the cliff walk down into the village of Howth, we will retire to The Bloody Stream pub (at Howth train station) for pints etc. Note that this is a busy weekend for Kate Bush related events and that Seán will of course be attending the HomeGround 30th Birthday bash in London the following day, Sunday June 17th – wish me luck! Read more on the big HomeGround celebration in the post below this. (Any queries on the Howth event – just drop me an email sean@katebushnews.com)

A brief response to an article in today’s Daily Mail

While it would be nice to say it was surprising to read yet another tired old ‘article’ in The Daily Mail newspaper today claiming to offer evidence that Kate has “withdrawn herself from the world” among other inaccurate statements, it really isn’t a surprise. The only reason we’re briefly mentioning it here is that we’ve had a spike in visitor numbers and would suggest that any new visitors read the words that one fan posted as a comment on the Daily Mail website:

“Why do you appear to think that shunning a meaningless existence of celebrity and limelight, makes a person odd?…this woman should be the role model for all young ladies who instead, watching their celebrity obsessed idols, grow up behaving like Divas, falling down drunk, reading magazines about who has just broken up with who and literally aspiring to nothing other than money and fame.” Kyla Clay Fox

Update: Jan Moir, also writing in The Daily Mail, has reacted to the paper’s coverage here.

Kaitlin Moran in the 4th May Times says: “All kudos to the Daily Mail this week, whose ongoing mission to make all its female readers self-loathing, self-harming neurotics too scared to leave the house in case they get mugged by a gay Muslim continues apace.
Reporting on the South Bank Show Awards, held on Tuesday, the Mail online greeted a rare appearance from Kate Bush with a barrage of unflattering pictures and snide comments …This is, of course, the correct way to treat a shy genius …

Suzanne Moore in the 5th May Daily Mail says: “Adele outsells Michael Jackson, but people remain obsessed with her weight. The goddess that is Kate Bush reappears and snide comments are made about her. Bjork reveals her range of influences, which are called, of course, ‘obsessions’. Lily Allen takes some time out. Why do we not accept our great female artists as artists? Bush, having been hothoused, chose to stay out of the limelight and raise a son. Adele  did not sell herself as an emaciated sex machine. Bjork remains at the cutting-edge, forever interesting. Why do we have to pathologise these women as mad, bad or ‘unable to cope’ if they play the game on their own terms?  Actually they are all making, in their individual ways, eminently sensible choices.”

Of course, this all just momentarily distracts from the real story this week; the enormous appreciation and admiration which Kate’s work continues to attract. To that end, here’s a reminder of why Kate’s new album has generated so much critical acclaim: another look at Kate’s recent film, Eider Falls at Lake Tahoe. Seán, Dave, Peter & Krys.

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Updates and emails…

Hi all, just to say I’m way behind on site emails so if anyone’s waiting on a reply, my sincere apologies. I’ll get to it very soon as well as a news-bit round-up on here – thanks for being patient! Seán

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing you all a peaceful and safe 2012 filled with all the good things! Thanks for all the feedback and support. We’re looking forward to following the adventures of the Fish People into the next year and beyond – they have our attention! Speaking of good things, here’s a few images from 2011 to remind us of Kate’s stunning year.

Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán xxx

Kate Bush 2011

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR SITE VISITORS!

Kate

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and here’s looking forward to a wonderful 2012! This has been without question one of the most extraordinary and exciting years ever to be a Kate Bush fan, we’re so proud of her and thrilled for the success she’s enjoyed in 2011. Thank you Kate for these sublime new recordings.

As a special way to celebrate, below you’ll find a link to Dave’s story from Issue 79 of Homeground, which is out now (a few copies *are* left, click HERE to order)… and we thought it would be a nice Christmas treat for everyone who hasn’t seen the actual magazine.

Merry Christmas to everyone from

Seán, Peter, Krys and Dave. xxxx

A Christmas Story for you all….

The Homeground Christmas story has been a tradition over the past 30 years – at least in our minds –  and I have wanted to do a Doctor Who/Kate crossover tale for a while… So this story doesn’t actually mention either Homeground or Christmas but it is something fun for the festive period. It was inspired by the recent series of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures and of course an important moment in Kate’s own time and space continuum. Special thanks to Collin Kelly, who did some lovely tweaking for me and I’d like to dedicate it to the memory of the wonderful and much missed actress Elisabeth Sladen.

Dave

Click here to read “Whatever Happened to Catherine Bush?”

Rolf Harris – ‘She Moves Through The Fair’ oil painting, exclusive preview!

KATE BUSH NEWS site exclusive: The Clarendon Fine Art Gallery is offering this oil painting by Rolf Harris. It is based on Rolf’s as-yet-unreleased recorded version of ‘She Moves Through The Fair‘ with Kate. The painting depicts a man and a woman – the two main characters in the song.  The gallery is letting Kate Bush fans know about this piece first, due to its uniqueness and connection with Rolf’s work with Kate. It is not going to be made available as a print.

Oil on Canvas – 16” x 12”

SHE MOVES THROUGH THE FAIR OIL ON CANVAS

All sales enquiries to Daniel Tills:  danieltills@clarendonfineart.com

Clarendon Fine Art
46 Dover Street
Mayfair
London W1S 4FF
020 7499 0947
www.clarendonfineart.com

ROLF HARRIS CBE

Rolf HarrisBorn in Perth, Western Australia, Rolf moved to London at the age of twenty-two, financing himself through exhibitions of his work held in Australia. He enrolled at the City & Guilds Art School in London intending to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become a portrait painter. After a chance meeting with the Australian impressionist painter ‘Bill’ Hayward Veal, however, he began attending an art course run by Veal and soon became his protégé.

In the mid 1950’s Rolf’s paintings were featured in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy for two years running. While painting continued to be a private passion of his, it was for his television and stage performances that Rolf became a household name. In recent years however he has devoted more time to painting and has had a number of one-man shows, including the ‘Rolf on Art’ exhibition at the National Gallery.

Rolf’s BBC television series ‘Rolf on Art’ achieved the highest TV ratings ever for a UK arts programme. Rolf hosted television’s biggest ever arts event with a live BBC special titled ‘Rolf on Art: The Big Event’ in which he joined the public in recreating a large-scale version of Constable’s ‘Haywain’ in Trafalgar Square. The massive event was such a huge success that the BBC staged two further ‘Rolf on Art: The Big Event’ specials in Edinburgh and London.

Rolf has been awarded the CBE, is a member of the Order of Australia and an honorary member of the Royal Society of British Artists, and has won many awards for his work in the entertainment industry. His portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, commissioned by the BBC to celebrate her 80th birthday, was the subject of a BBC1 programme ‘The Queen, by Rolf’ screened on New Year’s Day 2006. Rolf’s achievements over 65 years in art were celebrated with a touring exhibition and hardback retrospective book entitled ‘A Life in Art’ in 2010. His life and work were further celebrated in a major BBC ‘Arena’ documentary entitled ‘Rolf Harris Paints his Dream’.

Rolf was named as the UK’s best selling published artist of 2011.

Lake Tahoe streaming live right now – till 9pm UK time this evening at Kate’s site

Kate’s official site is streaming the second track off 50 Words For Snow tonight, again accompanied by some album artwork and…gently falling snow. Lovely. Remember, Kate will be streaming a new track each night, with something “special” on Thursday at 7.3opm!

Lake Tahoe still video

 

Something stirring soon? About all the album rumours!

The Internet is exploding right now with new album rumours and speculation. Rather than report on these we’ve decided to wait for official news before we get too excited and at the moment there is no word at all from Kate/Fish People or EMI in the UK. We totally understand that these rumours and reports are very exciting and seem to contain a lot of information, but we advise caution that we will only know what is really true when there is an official statement. When something official comes we will have it here for you and the party will begin. Till then, let’s enjoy the anticipation.

More bands confirmed for The Sensual Walk – Saturday, June 18th

Read more about this upcoming event here! Hope to see some of you there.

The Sensual Walk

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