Band of the Day

2015.02.05

Cate Ferris

A transfixing musical voyage delivered with haunting, goose bump-inducing vocals
Sending out a signal to anyone who cares, will anybody be there when this line disappears?
lyrics from Disappear

Brighton based singer/songwriter Cate Ferris is currently captivating audiences with her solo project, performing amazing songs sung with an incredible voice. Folk, dark soul and synth-pop lie at the heart of her sound, and the largely acoustic instrumentation is tinged by hard hitting lyrics and intricate harmonies. Tipped by David Rodigan in the Independent as one of the best new up and coming artists, this past year has seen her work featured on BBC1 Xtra and her voice on prime-time television. Cate began writing songs at the age of eleven, entertaining the cleaners on the grand piano in the school hall when everyone else had gone home and subsequently performing to friends, family and audiences round Brighton. Six years later, whilst travelling, she taught herself to play guitar by busking on the beach and studied classical indian flute and singing for one year in Nagpur, India where she was taught by many top class musicians and performers. The past few years has seen Cate performing on many big stages with Dizraeli & The Small Gods, an 8 piece eclectic hip-hop band.....gracing Glastonburys West Holts and Left Field Stages, mainstaging at Larmer Tree Festival and headlining at Purbeck Folk Festival...to name but a few. It has also seen some tremendous collaborations...one of which was to co-write and perform a track specifically for Apples & Snakes/South Bank centre for the anniversary of Martin Luther Kings “I have a dream” speech.