Kate Rusby

Born 4 December 1973.
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Kate Rusby - Interview with Mike Harding

English Folk singer songwriter Kate Rusby talks to Mike Harding about the 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival.

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Kate Anna Rusby (born 4 December 1973) is an English folk singer and songwriter from Penistone, Barnsley. Sometimes known as The Barnsley Nightingale, she has headlined various British national folk festivals, and is one of the most famous contemporary English folk singers. In 2001 The Guardian described her as "a superstar of the British acoustic scene." In 2007 the BBC website described her as "The first lady of young folkies". She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.

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  1. Review of 20

    20 2012

    Reviewed by Colin Irwin
    A Rusby album with a different hue… and none the worse for that.
  2. Review of While Mortals Sleep

    While Mortals Sleep 2011

    Reviewed by Martin Aston
    Traditional numbers given a Rusby spin, best enjoyed with pint in hand.
  3. Review of Make the Light

    Make the Light 2010

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Rusby’s first disc of all-original songs is perfectly assured.
  4. Review of Sweet Bells

    Sweet Bells 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    A sincere and well-meant Christmas gift from one of the purest folk voices we have
  5. Review of Awkward Annie

    Awkward Annie 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    Kate Rusby in a wonderful return to form...
  6. Review of The Girl Who Couldn't Fly

    The Girl Who Couldn't Fly 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    Latest from the Barnsley Nightingale, featuring contributions from Idlewild's Roddy...
  7. Review of Underneath The Stars

    Underneath The Stars 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...Just another, utterly spellbinding collection of trad and self-penned tunes...
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