Reviews

“Thank you for making this year’s festival a bigger success…The public has been unanimous in their appreciation of the musicianship and the enjoyment they got out of your presentation.”
Cornish Bluegrass association

 

“A wonderful warm and genuine presence”.
Court Sessions Venue for Traditional Music and Song, London

 

“Kate is one of the finest old time fiddle/banjo players & singers anywhere (not forgetting her guitar playing)!”
Jim Tigwell – Nova Scotia Folk Club

 

“If I had just one gig to recommend this month, this would be it. Trust me, I’ve seen her play!!!!!”
The Prom, Bristol

 

“One of the best exponents of American Old-Time music in the UK .  .  .  Delightful! .  .  . ”
Hale End Folk Club

 

“Kate wowed us at Cornwall Folk Festival .  .  . One of the most laid-back performers you are ever likely to come across.”
Bodmin Folk Club

 

“She gave an intimate and compelling performance, reaching deep into the huge repertoire available to a committed musician. With an atmosphere that was relaxed and informal Kate managed, during her two sets, to create a serious and concentrated reaction from an appreciative audience. She has a soft, light singing voice which was well balanced by her authentic five string banjo playing. What really stood out for me was the quality of her fiddle playing. Really good tonally, the right amount of warmth and clarity, with enough edge to satisfy old time enthusiasts. Assured and clear, with great timing and feel, it brought new and true life to that great old music.”
Dick Plank, Bodmin Folk Club for the Old Time News

 

“Kate Lissauer’s lightness of touch and rhythm, for me, as a fiddler, was daunting.”
National Old Time Music and Dance Festival

 

“A surprise star of last year’s festival . . . ”
Frome Festival

 

Aint No Grave

” .  .  . the slow brooding numbers .  .  . allow Kate’s earthy, up-front vocals to shine against the backdrop of Gail Williams’ and Robin Gillan’s harmonies. The instrumentation is also top-notch, with Kate’s fleet-fingered fiddle and banjo work getting Sterling support from Joe Locker (guitar), Robin Gillan (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica and harmony vocals) and Gail Williams (harmony vocals).

 

Highlights include Bluejay/Piney Woods/Camp Chase, Hog Eyed man/Santa Anna’s Retreat, John Lover’s Gone, and the sheer instrumental brilliance of The Conundrum. But the real standouts are Ain’t No Grave, Coal Creek March/Payday at Coal Creek, Johnson Boys and the immaculate Teardrops Falling in the Snow. Be warned – this is genuine folk music, the real deal.”
Country Music International (awarded five stars)

 

“Ain’t No Grave is Kate’s first solo album, and it’s pure gold; a marvellous collection .  .  . An excellent line-up and a first class album .  .  . ”
Owen O’Neill