When all the world is nesh, nights are dark and telly schedules are stacked up with seasonal specials old and new, there’s only one seasonal speciality to see you through advent–the Christmas songs of Kate Rusby.
She’ll give you the old and traditional, infused with lively and impassioned newness.Twenty-five years and more of writing, arranging and recording has given Kate a sharp eye for a subtle detail and a voice that’s keenly honed. With over a decade of Christmas music under her belt, along with numerous mince pies and mugs of Yorkshire Tea, Santa couldn’t ask for a better little helper to get children and grown-up kids alike into the festive spirit.
Kate’s Christmas concerts perpetuate the tradition of Yorkshire carols, which means that each show evokes the spirit of a crowded pub. Kate sat in the corner of that crowded pub when she was a child, so the songs she brings to these shows are in her bones, a deep seam of personal experience to be mined. For over two hundred years,from late-November to New Year’s Day, North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire communities would congregate on Sunday lunchtimes, in their local public house, to belt out their own versions of familiar carols, carols that were often frowned upon by the church in Victorian times as ‘too happy’
“Kate Rusby remains Britain’s most popular female folk singer because she has mastered the art of Christmas songs” – The Guardian
Kate’s happiness, her humour and her storytelling are a feature of her live shows. Each auditorium becomes her pub or her front room, and we are her welcomed and well-cared-for guests.
See Kate explaining the importance of Yorkshire carols:
Kate’s warmth,accompanied by her heavenly Brass Quintet will serve up a smorgasbord of fine morsels from her four previous Christmas albums together with fresh new tracks from her hot off the press 2019 Christmas album.
Joining her on stage as ever will be her hugely talented band of wise men
Damien O’Kane on acoustic guitars, electric guitars and banjo
Steven Byrneson bouzouki and guitar
Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion
Duncan Lyall on double bass and Moog
Josh Clark on drums and percussion
Tour dates as follows
1 December – The Lowry Salford Quays BUY TICKETS
3 December – Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield BUY TICKETS
4 December – Sheffield City Hall Sheffield BUY TICKETS
8 December – Theatre Royal Norwich BUY TICKETS
9 December – Charter Hall Colchester BUY TICKETS
10 December – Royal Festival Hall London BUY TICKETS
11 December – The Forum Bath BUY TICKETS
13 December – Leeds Town Hall Leeds BUY TICKETS
14 December – Birmingham Town Hall Birmingham BUY TICKETS
15 December – Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge BUY TICKETS
18 December – York Barbican York BUY TICKETS
19 December – Liverpool Philharmonic Liverpool BUY TICKETS
20 December – Theatre Royal Concert Hall Nottingham BUY TICKETS
21 December – The Sage Gateshead BUY TICKETS
Join her to embrace the longstanding tradition of gathering joyously for a splendid celebration – don’t choose a Silent Night !!
For further information visit https://katerusby.com/
Right – I’m off to make some mulled wine …