Katey Brooks is a rebellious artist that resists formula. A devastating songwriting talent this ‘rising singer-songwriter had the crowd eating out of her hands’ (The Independent) and is simply ‘not to be missed’ (Time Out). The ‘powerful’ (Evening Standard) songstress defies easy classification, with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and country. Her finger-picked, harmony-inflected sound on the 2016 I Fought Lovers EP received an enthusiastic reception from radio stations around the UK and internationally, including BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and CBC Canada and her new album Revolute was released in May 2019 to huge critical acclaim across the world with over 150 positive reviews so far. Revolute blends soul and folk with Americana to “create something hopefully pretty different…My realm is connection and emotion, something quite raw, I think” – says Katey.
To watch her sing live is to witness emotional exorcism, but when you know her backstory, it’s hardly a mystery why. Growing up inside a cult, as a child Katey found refuge in song. Later, she travelled the world with her guitar on her back, writing everywhere from the Occupied West Bank to an abandoned Finnish island. Over a career spanning four continents, Brooks has journeyed from intimate living rooms to opulent concert halls, from dive bars to decorated studios with some of music’s biggest names, boasting famous admirers like Joss Stone. She has recorded with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Paloma Faith at Abbey Road for BBC Radio 2’s Children in Need single. She has shared bills with a host of big names including Newton Faulkner, Ghostpoet, Martin Simpson, Deaf Havana, Lou Rhodes (Lamb), Mike and the Mechanics, and Mystery Jets. She has played some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD, the 2012 Paralympics, the Cambridge Folk Festival and Australia’s National Folk Festival.
SUPPORT: TIM DE GRAAW: Tim De Graaw is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, channeling his influences from blues-roots, rock and Americana, inspired by artists such as Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. He is currently promoting his latest releases ‘Three Black Roses’, ‘Serenade’ and is working on a new project in the studio. Previously having enrolled at Berklee College of Music (Boston), he travels between the UK and The States (Nashville, LA) writing and recording both as a songwriter and session guitarist. Tim has been a full time performer around London (UK) previously having performing at venue’s such as The Lexington, The Spiritual Bar, The Troubadour, The Halfmoon, Ronnie Scotts and the Royal Festival Hall.
“The energy and feel he puts into his music is undeniable. His new material is a sure indication that his music is destined to fill the hole in many a record collection.” – Jamie Evans (Producer, Songwriter)