Biography

         
   

 

Kit was born in Coventry, England, and started writing and performing music in earnest in 2005. Her music is lyric-driven, acoustic guitar-based, varied, individual, sometimes idiosyncratic, musing on life and love. It’s folk, with rock roots; occasionally there's a hint of punk, or an echo of musical theatre.

Live performances are strictly acoustic, but the songs on Kit's albums have a fuller sound, courtesy of producer Paul Sampson (The Reluctant Stereotypes, The Pink Umbrellas) playing bass, electric and acoustic guitar lines, and adding percussion and sometimes synthesizers.

Kit's songs have evoked comparison to Hazel O'Connor, Vivienne McAuliffe, Kirsty MacColl, The Slits and Melissa Etheridge. Performance comparisons include Kirsty McColl, Grace Slick, Billy Bragg, Michelle Shocked, June Tabor, Alison Moyet, Alanis Morissette, Nico, Chrissie Hynde, Dolores Riordan, Skunk Anansie, The Pixies, Heartthrob, Dory Previn, Death in June, and even Bauhaus.

Kit's début album, The End of the Rainbow, was released in 2006 and was followed, in 2010, by The View from Here. Her third album, Echoes of the Past, was released in April 2012.

Praise for The View from Here

"songs with [a] strong sense of drama and folk and rock roots alike, delivered with a flexible voice that attacks full on… Despite lyrics that hint at feelings of insecurity and a questioning of self-worth, it's a confident album that grows stronger with each play, Dialogue, the swirling title track and the radio friendly Walking In The Park… especially standing out While it's raw and, at times, a little rough, she could well prove a diamond that sparkles without the polish" (Mike Davies, NetRhythms.co.uk).

"Her lyrics are direct and expressive, with a natural sense of the dramatic that’s all the more persuasive for its understatement and its occasional sense of perplexed insecurity that kinda balances the more overt confidence of her expression… The songs grow rather than pall on successive plays, and the best of them hint at a healthy future" (David Kidman, Folk and Roots).

"The View From Here and Dialogue do it for me. The stand-out tracks on the album" (Stuart Loosemore, The Acoustic Programme, Radio Tircoed).

"You Decide is a great feel-good song" (Aaron Phillips, The Amazing Rock Show, Amazing Radio).

 

   
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

 

 

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