On the 1st of April 2017, Kadia launched The Outlandish Collection. The EP follows up our award nominated debut album East of Alexandria.
Chris said “recording this project in a real analogue studio, with the calibre of equipment and engineering talent available, was just the best experience we have ever had as musicians and we are excited to release what we’ve created.”
The lead single, Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight, received its worldwide debut play on Ange Hardy’s Folk Findings radio show at 9pm on 2nd March on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.com). At the same time the video was released on YouTube – view it here https://www.youtube.com/Weband. Imagined as a puppet theatre playing out the story of the song, the video also features six cameo appearances. Two are characters connected with Kadia’s debut album East of Alexandria, one is a character from popular culture, another (which appears twice) is a popular character from the folk world and the remaining two are famous ladies.
We have massively increased our profile as a national folk trio since East of Alexandria was released in 2015. That album made the Telegraph Top Folk Albums of 2015 and was nominated for the Debut Album of 2015 by Fatea Magazine. Our live shows have won us the most plaudits and last year we were rewarded by being invited to perform on Main Stage 2 at Cambridge Folk Festival alongside Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, La Vent du Nord and Wildwood Kin.
We have already had the opportunity to support many high profile stars of the folk world including Jim Moray, Gilmore & Roberts, The Willows, Nizlopi, Jackie Oates, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston. We are also seeing increasing play on BBC and regional radio so there is a bright future the the trio. The band strike a good balance between original compositions and traditional songs and tunes, allowing us to appeal to a wide audience. This EP may well be traditional, but the arrangements are refreshing and unmistakably delivered with the usual Kadia twist.
Some of these songs have a long, rich history and they have existed in different guises under various names and this EP has been named after ‘The Outlandish Knight’, an older variant of the Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight which features on this release.