Sunday 30 May 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£13/£10/£6 – Get your tickets here
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. 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. Cerebral and topical, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with wonderfully crafted soundscapes.
Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of 2018, and has seen airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. Last year she was invited to guest-present two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day and Kitty performed live in session on BBC Radio 2 at the beginning of 2019.
FATEA Female Artist of the Year 2018
“Smooth & believable” – Iggy Pop, BBC 6Music
“Startlingly poetic” – The Observer
BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week
“Remarkably accomplished” – The Guardian
“faint echoes of Joni Mitchell and Vashti Bunyan” – The Metro
Venue information: to allow more people to see this performance, we’re planning to hold it in a really lovely outdoor space. Full details will be sent to ticket holders. There is very limited parking there, so please plan to walk from the centre of Ashburton – this is 10-15 minutes uphill.
For anyone with limited mobility who needs to come by car, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange access and parking if needed.
In the event that the event has to be cancelled or postponed because of very bad weather being forecast, ticket holders will be given the option of a refund or to keep the booking for the new date.
Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.
Sat 15 May: From Step 3 of the UK government’s ‘roadmap’, which comes into force on Monday 17 May 2021, we are able to open to a public audience. For all events from 17 May, until further changes are announced:
- The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. This may mean that the ambient temperature is similar to outdoors, and audience members should dress accordingly.
- All audiences will be seated in socially-distanced bubbles. Please stay seated as much as possible while inside the building.
- Hand sanitiser will be available as well as soap and water in the toilets; please use these frequently.
- Bar service at the Arts Centre is carried out by volunteers. If they are available at any event, they will take orders at your seat, and bring drinks to you.
- All members of the audience must wear a facemask while indoors, except if medically exempt, or when eating or drinking. Our experience is that this is one of the things most important for making some (perhaps more vulnerable) members of the audience feel safe to attend concerts. Whatever your opinion of the efficacy of facemasks in preventing the spread of the virus, please help to reassure others, and showing that you’re thinking of them, by complying with this.
- There are posters inside the building showing the QR code that’s connected to the NHS Track and Trace app – please use this. We will also keep a record of all ticket buyers for the required period, and pass this on to the NHS or Devon Public Health if requested.