Purbeck Rising Finalist 2021
Nominated Best Solo Female Artist GSMC awards 2021
& Story Weaver
Contemporary British Folk
Katie Grace Harris is a multi-tasking, foot tapping, piano and accordion playing singer and story-weaver.
With a fast-growing reputation in the UK Folk world, her sound has been described as 'earthy, spine tingling English Folk'.
Reg Meuross: 'Integrity pours out of her performance and her as a person'.
Folk Weekend: Oxford - ‘Pure joy…a treat’
Fatea Magazine - 'Beautifully written...
tightly observed songs and stories about real people and places'
Downend Folk Club - ‘...it's easy to see why Katie has been turning heads’.
About Katie Grace Harris...
Katie’s Debut album ‘The Toledo Sessions’ will be released in late summer 2022. 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 three 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 and has built on this as live performances have re-emerged supporting artists such as Katherine Priddy, Hannah James and Toby Kuhn and Jim Causley as well as headlining at various Folk Clubs and festivals. 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.