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Katy is a British/Polish performer, singer, songwriter, aviator and multi instrumentalist (piano, ukulele, banjolele, vintage keyboardist). She loves writing songs and performing music composed in Great Britain and Poland during the 1920s,30s,40s with her band, ‘Katy Carr and The Aviators’.
Born in Nottingham, to British and Polish parents, Katy lived in Poland (her mother’s country) as a child where she learnt the Polish language at elementary level as well as absorbing aspects of Polish culture, traditions and music. At five years old she started primary school in Great Britain and showed musical promise from an early age, winning cups for singing at competitions across the East Midlands.
As a teenager, Katy became deeply inspired by aviation and wanted to become a fighter pilot. She joined the Air Training Corps and achieved the bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards and a Royal Air Force flying scholarship which led to music school and a creative career was born.
Armed with a combination of military discipline and musical creativity, Carr was well placed for a career in which her idiosyncrasy as a musician meant she’d have to forge ahead under her own steam. Her dulcet and often haunting vocals have been heard everywhere from the Royal Opera House, to Glastonbury and more recently across Poland and Polish diaspora communities worldwide.
Katy Carr’s unaffected love of the 1930s and 1940s, plus dedication to her art and her spiritual era are all the more precious for paying as much attention to the vagaries of the human heart as to those subjects which hint at how low humanity can sink. She’s a true original, standing out like the spark generated by a Swan Vesta applied to a cigarette in the Blackout.
Katy Carr has released the following albums….
Screwing Lies (2001)
Katy’s debut album chronicles the madness of sexual relations from unrequited love to lonely hearts, how it feels to be ‘the cheat’ or the ‘cheated’. A dark folk-pop muse, Carr believes in the power of stories. Traditional tales are updated and subverted taking the listener from a repressed journey of Victoriana through to voyeurism and sexual freedom.
‘An accomplished debut album from a fascinating new voice in the acoustic world ‘ TNT
‘Sensual and Sultry’ **** UNCUT
‘Raw, unpredictable debut by English alt-folk star in waiting’ **** Q
Passion Play (2003)
A sensuous ten song musing upon the highs and lows of life : namely love, death, drugs, alcohol, sex, ambition and highwaymen. Katy conjures a magical world of cruising sexual predators, intersteller relationships, religious junkies and erotic vampires.
‘Definitely one for the Mercury Music Prize to consider’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Second album from English dance-folk prodigy’ **** UNCUT
‘This is singery-songwritery fare with a difference. Carr writes ribald songs about sex’n’drugs’n’rock’n’roll… but it’s the screwy leftfield arrangements that really grab you’ ****MOJO
The Crow Club (2008)
Katy’s folk club artist compilation released on People Tree records, Acid Jazz.
‘A wonder of weirdness’ **** RECORD COLLECTOR
‘Katy Carr’s Turpin, on which she out-Bushes Kate and gets away with it, is fabulous’ METRO
Coquette is a concept album set in war-torn Britain in the 1930s,40s. it’s a tender character driven exploration of the emotional melee of the era and explores a cheeky naivete with eroticism where spectral voices call out to one another and lovers are left with passionate sorrow with no escape from the devastating effects of wartime.
‘Carr is a fine example of that much-maligned beast we call Authenticity’ London Music Award nomination (2012)
‘This album is a scrapbook of characters, places and stories from deep inside Carr’s imagination and it has been a mesmerising experience to glimpse into her world. I can’t fault this album. Quite simply it is a masterpiece.’ ***** The Music Critic
‘Quite simply a masterpiece’ ***** MUSIC CRITIC
‘Exquisite, original and lovely.’ **** PSYCHOLOGIES
‘Coquette is an original and fascinating work,’ **** DAILY EXPRESS
Carr’s ‘bald subject matter distances her from the kooky crowd.’**** Q MAGAZINE
‘This is Carr’s most fully-formed music yet.’ **** MOJO
Pazsport is an epic, poetic journey through Katy’s past and that of her mother’s nation, Poland and pays homage to those who fought so hard for Poland’s independence throughout WWII. This album explores themes of love, refugee status, loss of passport, country, resistance, hope against adversity and patriotism. ‘It’s time the voices of the past were heard’ Katy Carr
- Best Concept Album Independent Music Awards (2014)
- Nomination for Best Artist Songlines Music Awards (2013)
- The Polish Daily People of the Year Award for Culture (2013)
‘One of the most intriguing concept albums of the year’ THE GUARDIAN
‘Tender and brave’ THE OBSERVER
‘Angular, theatrical, Klezmeric. Intriguing.’ THE INDEPENDENT –
‘Never less than immaculate’ SUNDAY TIMES
Polonia, the title of the inspirational new album from Katy Carr, is the Latin name for Poland and this is the realm the artist is celebrating in her music and song. As Katy Carr explains, ‘A strong brave, sovereignty proud of her freedom fighters and warriors who march to bring justice and peace to troubled times.
‘A very desirable artefact,superbly arranged and produced and a fascinating insight into Britain’s relationship with its historical closest ally, and a powerful collection of hugely original songs.’
‘The Anglo-Polish singer brings a numinous reggae-kujawiak in honour of tank commander General Stanisław Maczek, who after the Second World War pulled pints at the Leamonth Hotel in Edinburgh.’ MOJO PLAYLIST
‘Polonia is charged with romance, historical witness and courage, generating an experience that complements similarly inclined records by British Sea Power or Public Service Broadcasting.’ Q MAGAZINE 4 stars ****
- November 2011 Katy was nominated for the London Music Award 2012, alongside Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Metromony, Ed Sheeran, Jim Jones Review, The Unthanks, Laura Marling.
- November 2012 Katy Carr’s Arts Council funded ‘Escapologist Tour,’ was nominated for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2012.
- January 2013 Katy was presented with Polish Daily Award for Culture as part of the prestigious Dziennik Polski (United Kingdom) People of the Year Awards for her efforts in connecting both British and Polish communities together through her musical performances, film screenings and outreach work to both the young and the elderly in Great Britain.
- March 2013 Katy Carr was nominated Best Artist for the Songlines Music Awards 2013 for her album Paszport alongside Angélique Kidjo, Seth Lakeman and Ravi Shankar.
- July 2014 Katy Carr’s album Paszport was voted Best Concept Album in the 13th Independent Music Awards
- Dec 2014 Katy Carr was awarded honorary membership of The Polish 1st Armoured Division (Polish 1 Dywizja Pancerna) an Allied military unit during World War II. Created in February 1942 at Duns in Scotland, it was commanded by General Stanisław Maczek and at its peak numbered approximately 16,000 soldiers.
Katy and the Aviators
I called the group Katy Carr and the Aviators partly because my lineup has changed so many times over the years and almost like a airplane my group has rolled, yawed and looped in many directions. My performances and recording have given me the opportunity to work with so many wonderful musicians and artists and I am continuing to soar with creativity!
The name the ‘Aviators’ bears special meaning for me because all the way through my teenage years I wanted to be a fighter pilot for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Joining the Air Training Corps (ATC) gave me constant thrills and I spent weekends around RAF pilots, visiting different aerodromes and airfields. I was frequently allowed to sit at the controls of planes such as Chipmunks, Tomahawks and Spitfires! In fact such was my obsession with aviation that I had absolutely no intention of being involved in the entertainment business as I was dreaming of flying all the time. My heros were the spitfire pilots of WWII, the female pilots of the The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart.
Our musical as a group changes according to venue and concert demand.
Projects and workshops
Katy Carr is able to offer specially tailored projects aimed at inspiring and connecting with audiences of all ages so that they can experience something new and innovative and in turn inspire them to further develop their confidence to explore music and history through an exciting and refreshing experience. Events have included specially tailored concerts, discussions, online video blogs, workshops, film screenings,intergenerational outreach work in schools and reminiscence work with the elderly. Please see below for examples of the activities.
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Documentary film release
The Kazik and the Kommander’s Car (2012) documentary film project encouraged over 60000 British scouts to make a connection with Polish scout history.
For more information please visit www.kazikfilm.com
Katy Carr is able to offer outreach work in schools and with the elderly. Workshops with schools can be arranged and suited to adapt to the requirements of school, university curricula.
The Heart Poland – Building Bridges project was with cooperation with Enfield Council and saw over 2000 British school children connect with Polish history and the Kazik and the Kommander’s Car (2012) documentary film project to help create greater understanding between the two communities throughout the borough.
Reminiscence work and outreach with the Elderly
Katy Carr’s project ‘The Escapologist Tour’ which was nominated for the National Lottery Good Causes Award (2012) and celebrates the stories of both British and Polish people who fought in or lived through the Second World War. As part of the project Katy travelled to retirement homes across for British and Polish people across the UK to meet elderly residents and listen to tales of their war-time experiences, community in the 1940s, and how music and song played a role in their lives.
As a result of Lottery funding, The Escapologist Tour performances have bought veterans from two nations together, and helped their heritage and reminiscences to live on with hundreds of people from different generations and backgrounds.
Katy is able to offer special ‘historical’ events. Previous events have included ‘
Poles in the USSR with Katy Carr’ in cooperation with Dash Arts which combined in-depth conversation, thought provoking visuals and rousing song to create a powerful evening. Guest speakers included authors Frank Pleszak, Two Years in a Gulag, Dr Matthew Kelly Finding Poland: from Tavistock to Hruzdowa and back again and Polish II Corps veteran and Gulag survivor Danuta Gradosielska (b1925). Katy took the discussion on a journey through the Siberian Gulag, forced relocation, Poland’s role within World War II into contemporary Polish relations with Russia, illustrated and intercut by her live performance.
Commemoration Event for 75th Anniversary of Siberia Deportations in cooperation with Bradford Literature festival which was a special cultural evening of words, poetry and music to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Stalin’s wartime deportations of almost two million Polish citizens to forced labour camps in Siberia, which followed the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939.
Katy’s May Poland tour (2015) commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII was in cooperation with The Central Prisoner-Of-War Museum In Łambinowice-Opole and helped local communities to connect closer to the history of the period.
Holocaust memorial events
Below are several events that have been created in association with the themes raised in the Kazik and the Kommander’s Car (2012) documentary film project.
Katy worked In cooperation with the British library to create the event, ‘I was a number…
Memories of the Holocaust,’ which was a contemplative evening using film, music and conversation to explore the role memory and guardianship plays in preserving awareness of the Holocaust with special guests : survivor Ben Helfgott, Dr James Smith (The Holocaust Centre), Dr Piotr Trojański (Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau) playwright and actorJonathan Salt, singer Katy Carr and filmmaker Hannah Lovell to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Chaired by Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL).
In cooperation with Wychavon District Council’s Tom Piotrowski and Pershore High School, Katy Carr created a workshop with storyteller Vanessa Woolf for school pupils to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin attended the event
See link here MP joins Pershore class remembering Holocaust’ Direct link to event here : http://www.harriettbaldwin.com/content/mp-joins-pershore-class-remembering-holocaust
Photo: Wychavon District Council chairman Richard Morris, musician Katy Carr, event host Vanessa Woolf, Harriett Baldwin MP
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