While Kathryn is widely known as a Nick Drake fan, her own songs draw from a wide range of influences and she began writing long before she had heard of Nick Drake. Kathryn is eager to point out that despite being happy to be associated with the English singer-songwriter tradition, she has strong roots in American song too: ‘That’s more what I grew up with than the English tradition. I was listening to Dylan and Joni Mitchell… I also love The Velvets and grungy New York stuff. The things that influence you aren’t necessarily gonna come out in obvious ways, unless you’re trying to copy. I don’t sound like Lou Reed or Tom Waits. But when I listen to them, I learn.’
Kathryn’s last appearance in Durham was in October of 2016 when she performed her 2015 album, Hypoxia at The Durham Book Festival. Hypoxia is a lyrically and sonically ambitious set of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar which was co-produced by Ed Harcourt to critical acclaim.
For ticket information go to We Got Tickets
Venue note: The Peoples Bookshop Durham is an upstairs space in a listed building. Only accessible via a staircase and is not wheelchair accessible.