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- The Royal Opera House, Barbican, The Royal Festival Hall as part of Yoko Ono’s ‘Meltdown’ , Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Glastonbury, WOMAD (Headline on the Charlie Gillett stage), Larmer Tree, Bestival, The Imperial War Museum, The British Library, The Southbank Centre, Purcell Room, The Forum, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Kinoteka Film Festival, The Warsaw Uprising Museum, The Chopin Theatre in Chicago, Polish American Foundations, Canisius College in Buffalo, The Józef Piłsudski Institute of America (NYC), Folk Alliance Conference (Memphis), The Opole Filharmonia (Poland), The Museum of Lamsdorf, The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast), Dom Spotkań z Historią – The History Meeting House (Warsaw), University of Warsaw (Poland) and Katy’s folk music club, ‘The Crow Club'(2005-2008).
- Initially folk music clubs across Great Britain played a leading role in helping to establish Katy’s musical career. Although the folk music audiences were small, the atmosphere was gentle and intimate and this is where Katy learnt the craft of storytelling in her songwriting, ‘I learnt how to write and perform my music to the people of Great Britain who love listening to stories and the art of folk music, I think my voice is well suited to singing folk songs and music from bygone days.’
- From the release of her first album ‘Screwing Lies’ (2001), Katy has experimented with different musical group formations. ‘Passion Play’ (2003) focussed on a more progressive folk style music presentation mixed with modern electronica – vintage keyboards (Moog, SH101, drums. bass). ‘Coquette’ (2009) continued the vintage keyboard theme and brought Katy’s music to a more mainstream audience with her first shows on the UK festival scene playing support to Florence and the Machine and Lady Gaga at Bestival and Glastonbury music festivals. ‘Paszport’ (2012) with Klezmer and Polish folklore inspired songs, opened the door to the global Polish diaspora with performances across Great Britain, Poland, USA, Canada.
Workshops in the Community
Katy Carr’s community work has been mainly concerned with intergenerational outreach projects with an element of reminiscence. Through Katy’s musical performances which are mainly on ukulele and voice in this instance, WWII veterans of Great Britain and Poland are encouraged to sing their favourite tunes sung in English and Polish from the 1920s,30s and 40s and by doing so recollect memories from the past. In sharing their untold stories, Katy encourages young people of the local areas relative to the veterans to research the histories and create their own compositions whether in the form of artwork, music, poetry or spoken word.
School workshops have included film screenings, musical performances and storytelling. For more information please visit the About Katy section of this website. To book Katy for a workshop please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The concert examples below give examples of what our concert capabilities are starting from a Katy Carr solo show to full band with Katy Carr and the Aviators. Click on the link provided and you will be taken straight to the concert blog
- Solo performance e.g @ The Warsaw Security Forum : Katy Carr (ukulele, vocal)
- Solo performance + visuals e.g. @ Polonia Norway Concert : Katy Carr (ukulele,piano,vocal) plus video/ film projectionist
- 2 piace band eg @ The Days of Poland Festival : Duet Katy Carr (ukulele, vocal), tuba/accordion
- 3 piece band eg@ The Leighton Kapala Festival 2015 : Katy Carr (ukulele, vocal),accordion,guitar
- 4 piece band eg @ Tczew Arts Centre, Poland : Katy Carr (ukulele, vocal), double bass, trombone, guitar
- 6 piece band eg @ The Poland Tour 2013 : Katy Carr (ukulele, vocal), violin, double bass, percussionist, guitar, video/ film projectionist.
- 7 piece band eg @ The Elgar Room , Royal Albert Hall : Katy Carr (ukulele, vocal), percussionist, guitar, tuba, trombone, opera singer, video/ film projectionist
- 16 piece band eg @ The Royal Opera House : Katy Carr (ukulele,piano,vocal),drums, double bass, string quartet (2x violin,viola,cello), tuba, trumpet, trombone, 2x backing vocalists, vintage keyboardist, electronics dancer, video/ film projectionist.
Technical specifications for performances are available upon request.
To book Katy please email : email@example.com