We are delighted to announce that Kirsty MacLachlan is going to perform two songs as a warm up for Kate Doherty at The Witham Friday 13 September.
Kirsty is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Barnard Castle who can often be seen at local open mic nights. She was lead singer with T C R The Hub Teesdale Soul Band and is currently bass player in local band ‘Feedback’. She is a long-standing member of local youth folk group, Cream Tees – Music at the Heart of Teesdale, is a familiar face at Folkworks Summer School – Durham and has recently been recruited into Folkestra (a north-east youth folk ensemble based at the Sage Gateshead) and the Durham County Youth Orchestra.
In 2017 she won ‘Shooting Roots’ singing competition (Sidmouth Folkweek, 2017) and her remembrance song ‘Road to Home’ featured on BFBS radio which she later performed to over 4,000 people at the Armed Forces Memorial’s tenth anniversary (National Arboretum, Alrewas). In 2018 she followed this up with a win in the national ‘New Roots’ competition (under 18 category, 2018) for up and coming folk artists. To date Kirsty has appeared at Towersey, Sidmouth and Whitby folk festivals, has performed on stage with Scottish bands Skippinish and Life O’Riley and is currently recording with the support of local musicians Andrew Yeadon and Tom Whittaker (TCR Hub). She will be appearing next at Eggleston show (2019) and in 2020 is already lined-up for Parkfest, Oyster Fest and the Blue Flash Challenge.
As our Marketing and Programming Manager Sarah Gent writes, “The Witham is a community arts centre with a mission to increase participatory opportunities for local people and showcase talent and we are so pleased that Kirsty is joining what promises to be a fantastic evening of music.”