"Startlingly poetic" - The Observer
"Smooth and believable" - Iggy Pop (BBC 6 Music)
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 for the Horizon award, and voted FATEA Female Artist of the Year. Carried by a clear voice 'controlled yet wild' (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world.
From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, the coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind's relationship with the wild.
Away from the stage she has written and presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 (The Essay), Radio 4 (Open Country, Tweet of the Day), guested on the Folk on Foot podcast and performed live in session on BBC Radio 2.
Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian's Best Folk Albums of 2018 and nominated for fRoots Album Of The Year, with airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. The lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, and woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. The album (and her live show) is augmented by all kinds of found sound recorded in locations from Somerset to Sardinia – birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles - and bookended by sounds of the wild.
"Her remarkably accomplished debut album, Namer Of Clouds, beguiles with its poetry and tenderness, and her eye for detail, vivid imagination and bright vocals make it a captivating listen. She is a talent to watch"
- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
- Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"There's something gloriously pure and authentic about everything she does"
- BBC Intro In The West
"An inordinately accomplished musician"
- Folk Radio UK
"faint echoes of Joni Mitchell and Vashti Bunyan"
- The Metro