Kate Denny has been composing and performing music for over 10 years, initially writing music and songs for theatre. Key work includes the 2003 Clean Break production of ‘Didn’t Die’ which toured nationally, ‘Race to Change Face’ for Futures Theatre Company in March 2004 and the Greenwich Community Play ‘Chuck out Your Mouldies’ in 2000.
In 2005 she turned her attention to contemporary experimental composition working with Georgian guitarist Zura Dzagnidze to create her first solo album ‘Runa Megin’ - a cycle of compositions based upon nine runic symbols.
In 2006 Kate moved to Southend, and a timely visit to The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club in Leigh on Sea to see Spiers and Boden inspired her to start writing and performing in the folk genre. In 2007 Kate formed folk trio The Kittiwakes with Chris Harrison and Jill Cumberbatch. The 2009 album release ‘Lofoten Calling’ a folk concept album written about life above the arctic circle in Norway received positive reviews: ‘Impressive and uniquely compelling,’ fRoots, ‘A wonderfully bright and highly original debut, ‘ BBC Music, ‘An inventive and thoroughly magical album,’ R2 Magazine. The band successfully toured folk clubs and the festivals until 2011 when Kate decided to go solo. Highlights included supporting Spiers and Boden at the Musician in Leicester and Show of Hands on the main stage at Broadstairs Folk Week.
Kate has recently recorded three songs for Kev Hopper’s upcoming new album due for release in early 2012. She has been a part of The Owl Service’s live line up and regularly plays fiddle for Essex duo Pancho and Lefty.
Kate has been a member of the Leigh Folk Festival organising committee since 2008.
Kate Denny’s solo album ‘Closer to Home’ was released in June 2012.