Katy Carr’s Newsletter Oct/ Nov 2010
Hello from Katy Carr –
Firstly thankyou to Poland and to all my Polish friends for making my research trip and concerts in the early part of October so very enjoyable between 1st and 12th October. I spent some days in Warsaw with my album artist designer Susan Burghart. We visited many places of interest and took lots of photos. Susan has a good idea of what I want my next album artwork to look like and I am very excited and pleased.
From Warsaw I was then driven to Bialowieza to my friend Olimpia’s house and was again very well fed and looked after. We ventured into the Białowieża Forest
(National Park; Polish
: Białowieski Park Narodowy
) in Podlaskie Voivodship
at the border with Belarus
. This Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
so it is a very special environmental area. We glimpsed bison grazing, wild boar, many varieties of mushrooms and also the footprints of wolves.
Above is a photo of my performance at Olimpia’s house and in fact at her first campaign meeting to become Mayor of Bialowieza so this is very exciting… [YES WE CAN OLIMPIA!!! X X X]
Currently I am in the middle of writing a new album for release in the Spring 2011 — more news on this in the forthcoming months suffice to say that the themes will lean heavily towards a cross cultural emphasis from both my Polish and British blood.
I did visit Kazik in Gdansk and sang at his 92nd birthday party. I will be releasing extracts for you to hear of this wonderful celebration. I can confirm that Kazik will be visiting the UK in March 2011 so this is very exciting news! For those of you who do not know of Mr. Kazimierz Piechowski — his story of escape from Auschwitz inspired a song I wrote called Kommander’s Car and a film called ‘Kazik and The Kommander’s Car,’
Fri 20th November
8: 30pm Katy Carr plays at The Last Days of Decadence 144-145 Shoreditch High St
London E1 6JE
Fri 5th November
5: 30pm Katy Carr supports Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle @ The South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX time
“Girl Fawkes” an evening of subversive feminist heroines and gunpowder. Join Ladyfest Ten in celebrating ten years of the DIY arts and activism movement that has sparked hundreds of events across the globe. Get your Bonfire Night off to a fire-cracking start with an explosive mix of live music, poetry, storytelling and craftivism. Featuring passionately ramshackle music from Lulu and the Lampshades – upbeat and folksy at times, mournful at others – and haunting vocals from experimental folk artist You Are Wolf. Plus, create paper doves for peace with Craftivist Collective.
Thurs 4th November
Sisters and Daughters Blackheath Address : – 18, Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0AZ, United Kingdom
Come and Join us celebrate the launch of ‘House of Lalka’ at Sisters and Daughters.
House of Lalka” is a collection of vintage artifacts sourced from the house of Regina Chmurska, a Polish dress maker who survived World War II. She spent a lifetime collecting and making clothes to replace the contents of her crocodile suitcase stolen during the German invasion.
Revived and hand picked by Regina’s Grandaughters, the pieces you see are either original vintage or redesigned inspired by Regina’s signature style. We will be having our own modest section in Sisters and Daughters, and the evening will be a celebtration of Regina, all things vintage, and this opportunity as it was always her dream to have her own shop. We will be having live window displays, music, cupcakes from The Primrose Hill Bakery and Babysham!
Sunday 31st October
Step on board this Mississppi-style paddle steamer for a vintage night of ‘rogues, riverboat gamblers, good time girls, snake oil salesmen, fallen southern belles, confederate rifles, yankee doodle dandies…’ (you get the picture), recreating the kinds of floating palaces you’d see going down the Miss’ from New Orleans to St Louis. There’ll be live music from The Correspondents, Hot Club of Cowtown and more, with electro-swing and retro beats on the decks from the legendary Gaz Mayall and Lady Luck’s El Nino, plus many more cabaret antics from Dusty Limits, Fancy Chance, Ophelia Bitz, Katy Carr, Ruby Blues and more. You can sit down and have dinner or simply just dance the night away!
THIS MONTHS THANKYOUS GO TO
David Carter for my wonderful gig at 40 winks on 13th October, Pound Arts Trust for the showcase on 14th Oct, India Harris at Tea-Totalled Launch Maddness! @93 Feet East, Ewelina Pekala at Dom Spotkań z Historią for introducing me to Stella Tjajkowski, thanks to Jacek Kulesza and all at Baltic Cultural Centre in Gdansk, the Polish British society in Exeter, Paul Stroud for helping me learn more lindy-hop moves!
and BIG Vintage Folk Love to you all, take care of yourselves, see u soon and keep in touch – please join me @ www.facebook.com/KatyCarr1940 for direct response chat and features ! – x x Katy Carr
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