About Katie Grace Harris...
Katie Grace Harris is a gifted multi-instrumentalist,
singer/songwriter and storyteller with a fast-growing reputation in the UK Folk world. Her sound can best be described as earthy, Piano and Accordion accompanied English Folk.
Purbeck Rising Finalist 2021
Reg Meuross: ‘Integrity pours out of her performance and her as a person’.
Folk Weekend: Oxford - ‘Pure joy…a treat’
Acoustic ANJ - 'Musicianship at its finest! … Bringing traditional folk styles into contemporary settings and giving them new life...well worth checking out!'
Fan - ‘If Rabbie Burns wrote a love song, this would be it’
Katie’s Debut album ‘The Toledo Sessions’ will be released later this year. It includes two songs developed in collaboration with Reg Meuross and features musical contributions from Phil Beer, Odette Michell and Lukas Drinkwater
Katie’s first “instrument” is her distinctive pure voice - she uses it to draw her audiences into the story she is telling with ‘spine-tingling’ results. Her engaging live performances usually feature her playing a range of instruments including Piano, Piano Accordion and Shruti and she can often be seen toting a home-made chess board stomp box and a pair of sturdy boots for a full one-woman-band experience!
Katie traces her folk roots to singing along as a girl with her Dad as they drove around in the rusty family Triumph Toledo. 'We would sing songs from Joni Mitchell, The Spinners, Ralph McTell and James Taylor.' These early experiences clearly influenced her own musical sound. Her repertoire ranges from gentle new arrangements of traditional songs alongside raw and exposed original compositions. Her well-crafted live sets combine historic legends and stories with a smattering of social justice to temper the mix.
The last two years have proved a turning point in Katie’s career. As live gigs moved online, Katie took the opportunity to bring her music to audiences around the UK – headlining various folk clubs and special events. She has shared online stages with the likes of Iona Fyfe, Lukas Drinkwater, Harbottle and Jonas and Luke Jackson. Her talent for writing original material attracted the attention Reg Meuross, festival favourite and one of the UK’s Folk singer/songwriter lynchpins. This resulted in a collaborative song-writing and recording project which features as part of Katie’s debut album ‘The Toledo Sessions’.
Katie Grace Harris brings passion to her music and is more than a talented performer. When not-gigging she uses music to empower and develop young people. “I’m currently working for Oxfordshire County Music Service with a remit for developing their Folk music provision as well as developing their brand new ‘Music for Wellbeing’ offer which supports vulnerable children using music.” An upcoming online project will teach 50 children in foster care to play the keyboard alongside their carers
Currently based on a rural farm in Oxfordshire, Katie can mostly be spotted playing solo or with various musicians around the folk clubs of the UK.
Supporting Liz Simcock @ Church House Banbury
23rd October 2019
Banbury Folk Festival
12th October 2019
Katie Grace Harris and Odette Michell. Aberfoyle, Scotland
18th August 2019
Penthouse Shindig, Seoul, South Korea
20th May 2018
Haebangchon Festival, Seoul, South Korea
19th November 2016
Irish Association of Korea, St Patricks Day
17th March 2016