I have had the pleasure of listening to Kate Fletcher’s solo album, Fruit. Many will know Kate from her regular appearances at the OBOD Gathering Eisteddfod.
Fruit acknowledges Kate’s roots in the folk tradition but has a modern, fresh approach with a mix of traditional folk pieces and self-penned songs. The whole album has a personal, intimate feel to it; Kate’s clear, pure voice rings through giving emotional life to sensitive lyrics and lovely melodies; her lively guitar is interspersed with subtle and unusual instrumentation that adds
atmosphere to the traditional folk pieces, whilst nicely colouring and supporting Kate’s original songs. There is a paring back of instrumentation in the treatment of the traditional renditions that gives them both space and energy; this approach means that these pieces seamlessly blend in the running with Kate’s own beautiful songs, illustrating how the spirit of a folk song evolves with the artist and, in doing so, becomes both timeless and modern.
Fruit is well-worth a listen. You can read a little more about Kate, listen to extracts of her music and buy a copy of the CD from here on her website. Kate’s album is also available for download from CDBaby Amazon and AppleiTunes.