LONDON MUSIC AWARD NOMINATION 2012
‘Carr is a fine example of that much-maligned beast we call Authenticity. 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.’
London based British songwriter Katy Carr has had a fascinating 2011. This year has seen Carr complete two UK tours, the ‘Escapologist’ tour funded by Arts Council England and a solo support tour encompassing ukulele and voice for the Great British Barbershop Boys, and performing to and honouring the 92 year old Auschwitz Escapee and Polish Scout, Kazimierz ‘Kazik’Piechowski who inspired ‘Kommander’s Car’. The song from the ‘Coquette’ album, tells the story of the last 80m of Polish boy scout Kazik’s incredible escape from Auschwitz in 1942 where he dressed in SS uniform and drove out with three other political prisoners in Rudolf Hoss’s car the then camp Commandant.
Championing Kazik through her multi media performances including screenings of the film she produced about the encounter with this incredible piece of history, ‘Kazik and the Kommander’s Car’, has effectively united Polish and British communities by sharing and recognising his brave story. This journey has creatively led her from the inspiration of her English Grandmother, Dorothy Carr , now 98, to examine further her own family history in Poland and record her fourth album ‘Paszport’ inspired by the Polish Partisans of WW2, which will be released in 2012.
Never a Dull Moment in Katy Carr’s world! The year ending with a nomination alongside PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling, The Jim Jones Revue, Metromony, Ed Sheeran and The Unthanks for the London Music Award 2012 is a seemingly apt reward for Carr’s incredible authentic energy.