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Two of folk music’s finest in the form of dream-weaving, hypnotic storyteller Katherine Priddy and sensitive singer/songwriter, George Boomsma, head to Claypath Deli, Durham on Friday 20th December to perform at Down By The Rivers latest event. We catch up with the pair to see what’s what. 

Describe your sound.
KP: Original songs with a folky lilt and an emphasis on lyricism. I like my songs to draw people in with their stories.

GB: I’ve been likened to a mixture of Nick Drake and Thom Yorke.

What can people expect from your show at Claypath Deli on 20th December?
KP: I’m excited to be accompanied by George this time, so I’ll be playing all my old songs and a couple of new ones but with gorgeous added atmospheres from his electric guitar as well as some lovely vocal harmonies. It’s a really subtle addition but gives the sound so much more depth and warmth. I also might sing a bawdy traditional song about a lusty blacksmith if you’re especially good.

GB: Some solid acoustic fingerpicking from two folk musicians telling their engrossing musical stories.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?
KP: Perhaps it’s an obvious choice as a folk artist, but Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ gets me every time.  Or if you want more of a classic Christmas song that doesn’t make you want to cry, I love Jethro Tull’s “Ring Out Solstice Bells”. It’s so joyful. 

GB: I’m a sucker for Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song.

Briefly summarise your 2019. Has it been a good year?
KP: It’s been an incredible year, I’ve had a blast! After my first release last September, I did my first festival season this summer which was so much fun (perhaps too much fun at times) before heading off on a tour of Ireland with my childhood hero Richard Thompson at the end of the summer which was incredible and terrifying in equal measure.  It’s been amazing to round off the year by releasing the new vinyl single ‘Letters From A Travelling Man’ and doing my first headline tour off the back of it. I’ve never gigged so much before but it’s all gone much better than I could have hoped for, I’ve loved meeting so many new people and I’m delighted to be playing my final date in Durham… Now I’m ready to party!

GB: 2019 has been mainly a year of touring for me, being lucky enough to have gone around with Chloe Foy, Kathryn Williams and now Katherine Priddy. I’ve also just been in the studio for some new recordings which will hopefully be released next year.

What does 2020 have in store for you?
KP: I’ve already got some exciting bookings coming in with Celtic Connections in January as well as plenty of festivals to be announced.  But more importantly… I’m hoping to release lots more music this coming year, so that’ll be an adventure. 

GB: I’m touring again with Chloe Foy in January and again in March, back in the studio in February and some festivals in the summer. Hopefully, I’ll release some new music too.

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