VERSE – CHORUS
Originally hailing from Accrington in Lancashire, Katie is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015 with 1st Class Honours in Popular Music Performance, shortly after which, she released her debut EP; a collection of five self-penned, self-arranged songs, entitled ‘Home’. This project was the culmination of years of writing and arranging and followed on from the release of a Christmas single (‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’) in December 2014.
In 2014, Katie was thrilled to be invited to sing at Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival in Carlisle, and to sing with Maddy Prior live on BBC Radio Cumbria. She has also been invited to support artists such as Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners- Best Duo), Treasure Fields, The Travelling Band and John Bramwell of I Am Kloot. Katie has also been fortunate enough to be featured as a soloist on BBC Radio 4’s live Sunday Worship programme, and as part of numerous Daily Service broadcasts. She has also performed for various charity concerts, and was privileged to be invited to perform as part of the Manchester Day celebrations in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Katie is also thrilled to be finishing the second year of her Postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she has spent the last 2 years writing new music and exploring production techniques and electronic sounds and their use within a more conventional folk medium. She plans to record these songs for an album due for release in 2020.
Hartley is a 4 piece band from Manchester. They formed while studying at the RNCM, coming together to create a unique sound that is indie-rock with a splash of pop. Since then they have performed in venues all around Manchester including, Night and Day, Revolution, and Aatma. Hartley draw influence from artists such as Hozier, and HAIM with vocals reminiscent of Florence Welch. On stage, they bring captivating performances every time with a raw and personal touch to their music. Hartley also do acoustic sets with melodic arrangements that bring a wholesome and nostalgic feeling to the room. With memorable melodies, soulful lyrics and a compelling stage presence this is a band you don’t want to miss!
Eleanor loves to share peoples’ stories through music, as a Classical and Jazz singer, and poetry, as a Spoken Word artist. She shares her personal experiences in the hope of inspiring others to find and share their own voice!
Eleanor studies Voice and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music and frequently assists music therapists at SEN schools and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
When she doesn’t have her head in music, a book (or the clouds!), she enjoys running, yoga and spending time with friends over tea and (an immodest slice of) cake.
Quiet Houses are an alt-folk duo based in Manchester. Their music combines folk songwriting with contemporary production and uplifting string and vocal arrangements. After forming in early 2018 the duo began playing in local pubs and cafes in Manchester, and writing songs influenced by artists such as Laura Marling, The Staves and Bon Iver. The duo is made up of multi instrumentalist Hannah Elliott (vocals, fiddle, mandolin and keys) and Jamie Stewart (guitar, vocals).
Ava is a short story writer and spoken word artist originally from Walse, She is one third of Verbose, the award winning spoken word night that happens on the last Monday of every month in Levenshulme. She graduated from Manchester Writing School in 2017 in English Literature and Creative writing and last summer interned at Buxton International Festival as a Literature Events Intern. Her other hobbies include, drinking overpriced Belgian beer and dreaming about winning the lottery.