An Outlandish Year
It’s been a pretty epic year for Kadia. 2017 saw the creation of our second national release, the Outlandish Collection. The EP followed in the footsteps of the award winning East of Alexandria and built on the success of that album, attracting high praise from reviewers and radio DJs. We spent the year sharing the arrangements alongside sneak previews of a new album as we gigged through 2017.
We kicked things off with a Wassail in the grounds of the historic Slindon Hall with Said the Maiden. Kadia battled through some sub-zero folk and made our Facebook Live debut with the Maidens. Shortly after we had the chance to play at the Sound Lounge at its previous home in Tooting and we’re pleased to see them continuing to realise their vision as they get re-housed. Fast forward again and we found ourselves supporting Sally Barker, one of the most gifted singers we’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year with a wicked sense of humour too. The folk clubs then saw us through the spring and the festivals began to take over, with a full summer calendar. Time and time again we we’re struck by how lovely our audiences were and by the amazing work of the stewards and sound technicians who helped us sound our very best.
We weathered the odd blip too as Lee’s bow gave way partway through a gig at Cambridge Folk Club. Thankfully a very kind luthier had us back on the road in record time. Not being one to shy away from a dramatic entrance, Lee also managed to break his finger on the eve of the Kadia set at Southwell Folk Festival. Nothing that a few Ibuprofen and some duct tape couldn’t fix!
In reality, there was just too much to cram in to the December round-up, so we’ll look back to the video that launched the first single from the Outlandish Collection, Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight. Hours of cutting, gluing, filming and editing, we can safely say that paper theatre isn’t for the faint hearted!
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 2018
It was incredible to be approached to curate the Minster Church stage across the festival weekend, and we have announced some of the incredible acts, with a few more special guests waiting in the wings. In our Saturday night concert you’ll see BBC Radio Folk Award Nominee Ange Hardy and Daria Kulesh with a cheeky appearance from us too! Earlier during the Saturday Showcase you can catch another incredible folk trio in the form of the White Horse Whisperers. They’ll be flanked by Jasmine Watkiss and Chris Fox, and Mandy Stansfield to give an idea of the acts in store.
Things to look forward to in 2018
We’ve been writing throughout the year and over winter we are bringing this material together and working out final arrangements for the songs before they fall into our Spring and Summer sets. There’s a sizeable portion of a new album waiting in the wings and we’re looking to properly road testing the tunes.
Thanks to a massive amount of hard work behind the scenes, the festival calendar is beginning to fill up. You’ll see the dates added to our website and Facebook page as we are able to officially announce them. There are also some very special gigs in a number of stunning concert halls. Tickets will go quickly so keep an eye on our social media and mailshots for details. We’d like to take the chance to publicly thank David for relentlessly keeping on top of our festival administration.
We’re also planning a joint headline tour with some incredible folk musicians. We’re excited to be sharing the news in the early part of the New Year.
We’d love to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a great New Year. We’re looking forward to catching up with you all soon
Chris, David and Lee