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Farewell to Q Magazine 1986-2020

Kate Bush features in Q Magazine through the years

We were very sad to hear that Q Magazine, a famous icon of the British music press since 1986, is to cease publication with its next issue as a result of being hit badly by the current pandemic and dwindling print sales. Kate has been featured in the magazine and on its cover many times, and in 2001 we had the great excitement of Kate emerging to accept their Classic Songwriter award. Who can forget that speech! Q gave Kate mostly very strong reviews throughout her career and only this month had Kate included in an illustrated cover montage. Thinking of all the staff at Q Magazine – thanks for all these years of writing about the music that we love. https://www.qthemusic.com/

Kate writes to French musician Pone about his “Kate & Me” album

We were delighted to see that French musician Pone has had a lovely message from Kate this week. Read about the remarkable “Kate and Me” album in our news story here. Pone, real name Guilhem Gallart, has composed an instrumental beat album, “Kate and Me“, as an ode to Kate Bush – each of the songs contain samples from one or more recordings Kate has made, interwoven with beats and rap vocals. Guilhem lives with motor neurone disease (also known as ALS) and, as he cannot move his body, he uses eye-tracking technology to compose and build his intricate compositions on a computer screen. He writes on his Facebook page: “je viens juste de recevoir le mail le plus incroyable de ma vie”

Pone - Kate and Me

Dear Guilhem,


I’ve only just become aware of your album, ‘Kate and Me’. I listened to it tonight and it blew me away. It’s very difficult to put into words how moved I am by this work and how great my admiration is for you.

The challenges you have overcome in order to accomplish this creation are simply astounding. You absolutely have my blessing if you want to release this album in order to raise money for your charity. Wishing you every success with all your projects.

With very best wishes.

Kate Bush

Bush Telegraph – special video episode!

Regular Kate Bush Fan Podcast listeners will know that we host the Bush Telegraph series of audio chats with Darrell & Paul. For a change, today Bush Telegraph venture into split screen video mode for the very first time and respond to fans’ ‘Moments of Pleasure’ requests. From the comfort of their own homes in the UK and USA, their transatlantic conversation covers fans’ favourite moments from The Kick Inside to The Dreaming, and their own reminiscences. There’s also a bonus pet feature! Enjoy.

Nina Leilani Deering 1985-2020

We are so sad to be sharing the news that Nina Leilani Deering of Baby Bushka died in a tragic car accident yesterday. If you have seen their live shows you’ll know Nina for her keyboard work and the show stopping version of This Woman’s Work she performed, which is also featured on the album of Kate Bush songs the band recently released. Our thoughts go out to Nina’s family, friends and Baby Bushka bandmates at this very sad time x

Nina Leilani Deering

New Podcast Episode! Bush Telegraph – Beating Around The Bush

In the latest episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast Paul and Darrell on lockdown in England and America, respectively, try to lighten the mood with Kate pop quizzes and puzzles! Paul quizzes Darrell on the ‘Nicholas Pegg’s Kate Bush Emoji Quiz’, followed by the ‘Would You Rather’ game. Then both reminisce about misheard lyrics that will bring a smile to your face. To end the podcast, Darrell’s teenage son is grilled again on Kate songs, and the pièce de resistance is a Radio 4 exclusive on the best Kate tribute band that ever existed! As best as we can, this is a time to sit down and relax, and get the ‘board games’ out!

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.

Guido Harari video chats with Mandy, Stewart, Del and Gered!

Guido Harari

Guido Harari – Photo by Riccardo Piccirillo

In case you haven’t been keeping up on Facebook, photographer Guido Harari has been posting weekly video chats with some well known people from the Kate Bush world, including singer Mandy Watson from Cloudbusting, Kate’s dancer and choreographer Stewart Avon Arnold, the legend himself, Del Palmer and Guido’s fellow photographer, Gered Mankowitz. Watch the videos below and look out for more on the Facebook page for Guido’s lavish photo bookThe Kate Inside which is still available to order.

Guido talks to Mandy Watson

Guido talks to Stewart Avon Arnold

Guido talks to Del Palmer

Guido talks to Gered Mankowitz

New 1979 photo of Kate and Peter Gabriel on stage!

Photographer Max Browne is preparing a new book which will showcase his incredible photographs from Kate’s 1979 Lionheart tour. I’m very grateful to Max for sharing this exclusive, never-before-seen photo with me; it shows Kate, with Peter Gabriel, on stage at the benefit concert in aid of her lighting engineer, Bill Duffield. The show took place on 12th May 1979 and I’m not 100% sure what song they were performing here, possibly Peter’s song “I Don’t Remember” – see set list below. Below it is another photo by Max of Kate with Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel) at the same concert. See more photos of Kate live in 1979 taken by Max here. We’ll update you on his book when there’s more information.

Songs performed that night:

Moving
Symphony In Blue
Violin
The Kick Inside
Strange Phenomena
Hammer Horror
Kashka From Baghdad
Don’t Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake
Them Heavy People (with Peter Gabriel & Steve Harley)
The Woman With The Child In Her Eyes (with Peter Gabriel & Steve Harley)
The Man With The Child In His Eyes
Here Comes The Flood (Peter Gabriel)
I Don’t Remember (Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel)
D.I.Y. (Peter Gabriel)
Best Years Of Our Lives (Steve Harley)
Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) (Steve Harley)
Wow
Kite
James And The Cold Gun
Wuthering Heights
Let It Be (Peter Gabriel & Steve Harley)

Bill Duffield, Kate’s lighting engineer, sustained critical injuries in the Poole venue at the end of the night after the first date of the Lionheart tour (a warm-up show on April 2nd 1979). Bill tragically died a week later.

Bill Duffield concert programme

New photos of Kate from 1989 session surface

Photographer Kevin Cummins has posted an unused shot on his Instagram account that he took of Kate for an NME cover feature in September 1989, and also a contact sheet of photos for the same piece taken in Kate’s garden. More of his work here: http://www.kevincummins.co.uk/ (thanks to Debby Pulford for sharing)

New Podcast! Top 10 Kate Bush Feel Good Moments!

In this latest episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast Seán introduces a Top 10 countdown of the 10 FEEL GOOD moments of Kate Bush’s career! He reads out contributions from Kate fans around the world describing their own personal joyful moments from Kate’s decades of output.

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.

Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Somewhere in Between The Sensual World and the Red Shoes

Somewhere in Between podcast episode image

Somewhere In Between ‘The Sensual World’ And ‘The Red Shoes’ – Sometimes the gaps between Kate Bush albums can seem like an eternity but the years between Kate’s 6th and 7th albums were full of treats for us fans. In this new episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast, Bush Telegraph – aka, Darrell and Paul discuss Kate’s contribution to ‘The Comic Strip Presents’ series including the track ‘Ken’. They also play a Kate song that was never commercially released. They also discuss the release of the 1990 Box set anthology ‘This Woman’s Work’, the 1990 Convention and Kate’s cover of ‘Rocket Man’ released in 1991 including a short radio interview from the time. We also get a bonus feature where Darrell’s teenage son is given the ultimate Kate song test!

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.

Kate thanks health workers, scientists and key workers on her official site

Kate has posted a message to her official Fish People site this evening.

Message…

A huge thank you to all the heroic health workers, scientists and key workers who are looking after the people who need their help.
Please stay safe and take care, everyone.
With love,
Kate

NEW! Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Dawn of the Fish People!

Dawn of Fish People

In our first 2020 podcast, in these slightly unusual times, Seán reflects on Kate Bush’s amazing decade from 2010-2019 – with two studio albums released in a single year, her first live shows in 35 years and the launch of her own record label with Kate’s entire catalogue remastered on CD and vinyl – Wow. Dawn of the Fish People! I hope you enjoy it, Kate’s music is an unlimited resource of joy, inspiration and solace – tune in!

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.

Drag queen Kate Butch brings new musical to London stage

Kate Butch

Here’s news of a new musical from UK drag queen Kate Butch. She says: I’m so excited to bring my show to VAULT Festival. I obviously owe so much to Kate Bush and I’m really proud of this tribute to her work. Of course there’s some pastiche and parody (only Kate herself can perform There Goes a Tenner with a straight-face) but I’d like to think it’s a loving reimagining of the music we know and love. You might think you know the songs of Kate Bush, but you don’t know them like this.” Tickets here (if you mention the word CLOUDBUSTING you will get a discount): https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/kate-butch-wuthering-shites/ 

From the press release: “Kate Butch, the Comic Sans of Drag,. has written a musical based on the songs of her favourite singer and namesake, but needs your help to get ‘BUSH!’ to Broadway. Expect jokes, songs, games, and so much Cloudbusting, from one of London’s best rising drag stars. Catch this “great comedian” (WhatsOnStage) as she Runs Up That Hill, Dreams of Sheep and, of course, Wuthers your Heights.”

VAULT Festival, London. 4th, 5th, 11th, 13th March, 22:10. Accessible venue.

ABOUT KATE BUTCH:
Kate Butch burst onto the London drag scene in 2018, bringing her trademark wit, vocal ability and Peppa Pig impersonations right along with her. Smashing local competitions and taking her crossdressing all across the globe (with apologies to the people of South Africa), Kate’s comedy stylings have catapulted her into the world of the capital’s queer nightlife. Having performed with the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Sasha Velour and The Vivienne, as well as the actual Cheeky Girls themselves, Kate Butch is the new name on everyone’s lips. But don’t worry – there’s a cream for that.

REVIEWS:
“If you see a more joyous or genuinely funny show this year, I’d be very surprised” – Buxton Fringe Review, 2017 / “A clear show stealer” – ScotsGay / Buxton Fringe Best Comedy Winner 2017/2019

French musician Pone makes album dedicated to Kate with only the use of his eyes

Pone

A feature in The Guardian has spread the word on a remarkable album of music. Pone, real name Guilhem Gallart, is living with motor neurone disease since 2014, also known as ALS. He has composed an instrumental beat album, “Kate and Me“, as an ode to Kate Bush – each of the songs contain samples from one or more recordings Kate has made, interwoven with beats and rap vocals from the likes of Jay-Z, Style P and Biggie Smalls. As he cannot move his body he uses eye-tracking technology to compose and build his intricate compositions on a computer screen.

Pone chose to work with material by Kate as he had long worshipped for her “singular originality and own sampling work with Peter Gabriel”, he says. “And her voice, of course.” From the piece in The Guardian by Anaïs Brémond:

The result is an emotional, spacious record with a sci-fi quality. With trademark optimism, Pone says he “wasn’t limited” while producing it. “Rather the opposite. I was able to try new techniques. Before, it was way more immediate; now the process is really slow, but I use this time to properly think about the music.” I am intrigued by the final song, the 30-minute Loin de Tout ça: an icy, cavernous and seemingly endless vocal taken from Under the Ivy, the B-side to Bush’s 1985 single Running Up That Hill: “When we work, us beatmakers, we often hear the same loop for hours,” says Pone. “It really transforms our perception of sound, it immerses you in a different world. This is why I extended the track so much. This is the experience I wanted to share.”

In August last year, Pone finished Kate & Me and released it online for free (a physical version is now available in France). When he’s not imparting his encyclopaedic knowledge of soul, US and French rap in carefully written blogposts, he is actively promoting Kate & Me on social media – to an awestruck response…What about Bush herself? He hopes she isn’t too upset that he took liberties with her work, but he doubts whether she has listened to the album. “It seems like she’s untraceable. She’s probably making marmalade in the depths of the Scottish Highlands.” Pone, meanwhile, is making lemonade from life’s lemons.

The album, Kate and Me, is available on Spotify and CD and vinyl versions are available to purchase at www.fnac.com here.

Stephen W Tayler sheds new light on Kate’s recent albums and shows

Music journalist Anil Prasad has a new interview with mixer/engineer/producer Stephen W Tayler, who as many of you know, has been closely involved in Kate’s recent projects, including Director’s Cut, 50 Words for Snow, and of course, the Before the Dawn shows and live recording. Stephen offers a great deal of insight into his work with Kate in the conversation, which I think many of you will enjoy. A sticker quote from Kate on the package of Stephen’s recent Ostinato album package reads: “A beautiful and beguiling filmic journey in sound”

Here’s an excerpt where Stephen discusses how he tackled sonically representing what Kate wanted on the 50 Words for Snow album:

We were trying to imagine the feeling when you walk out on a dark night and the snow is falling. There’s a very different kind of silence in the air. It feels very dead, yet at some time, there’s still a presence you feel. How do you personify that in sound? It was about making people experience a sonic texture, dimension or depth. It sounds abstract, but these were the kinds of discussions I had with Kate. She wanted to make people feel something specific when they heard it, instead of just how they respond to the lyrics or playing. Sonically, how does it make you feel? That was the big question and what we were trying to accomplish. We would have wonderful conversations about these things.

Stephen also discusses his role on stage during the Before the Dawn shows:

I visited a hidden place in the middle of the countryside with about 100 people working on pre-production for the show. Kate gave me the title “Kate Vocal Navigator” in the program. My role was specifically to handle the sound of her voice. I controlled the effects that were used extensively throughout all the changing scenarios of the show. I handled her vocals and fed them to the front of the house. I was on stage, not out front. I never heard how the show sounded upfront. My main focus was to control the individual sound for every song. I would be hearing in my in-ear monitors exactly what Kate was hearing. I was controlling not just what the audience heard, but what Kate heard herself. It was about giving her the right sonic environment to suit her performance.

There’s a lot more about his work with Kate in the full interview here: https://www.innerviews.org/inner/stephen-w-tayler

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