Kitty Macfarlane is a Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player.
Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and written
with an eco-eye – bound loosely by the theme of mankind’s relationship with the
wild. This autumn sees the release of Kitty Macfarlane's highly anticipated debut album
Namer of Clouds, produced by Sam Kelly and Jacob J Stoney and featuring a recognisable
cast of musicians.
Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty’s lyrics touch on intervention and
rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural
tapestry of woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. From the starling
murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, and
the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture.
The album is augmented by all kinds of ‘found sound’ recorded in locations from
Somerset to Sardinia – birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles- and is
bookended by sounds of the wild. She's toured with acclaimed folk duo Kathryn Roberts
& Sean Lakeman, and also Blair Dunlop, and performed extensively around the UK. Her
first EP received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. She has been shortlisted for the
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, received project funding from the English Folk Dance
and Song Society and been awarded the Lyndsey de Paul Prize for female songwriters.
Namer of Clouds was released on 21st September 2018.
"This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter's blessed with a strong identity: a
confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from
growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in
everyday experiences. An outstanding debut" - fRoots Magazine