This Is The Kit
Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £17.50+booking fee / £21.50 on the door
Melting Vinyl and Folkestone Quarterhouse present:
This Is The Kit + The Magic Lantern
Since 2008’s debut album Krulle Bol, This Is the Kit, the nom de plume of contemporary folk musician Kate Stables have unpicked emotional knots and woven remarkable stories, but even by their high standards, Ten years and five albums deep, the story of This Is The Kit, is one of time and change and careful listening. It has carried Stables from Winchester to Bristol to Paris (where she’s lived for the last ten years), across tours and festivals and the adoration of her peers. This Is The Kit has opened for artists such as The National, Jose Gonzales, and Iron & Wine, and was selected by Sharon Van Etten as her ‘Favourite New Artist’ in an interview with Pitchfork., they have been long time favourites of BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne, Mac Riley Cerys Matthews and Radcliffe & Maconi and have also recently appeared in BBC One television series Wanderlust.
As well as Stables, This Is The Kit includes members Rozi Plain (bass/vocals) , Jamie Whitby-Coles(drums) and Neil Smith (guitar) , speaking about her band Stables said ‘they’re three of my favourite musicians, and what they do with their separate projects and what they bring to This Is The Kit is brilliant.’
Produced by New York musician Josh Kaufman (The Hold Steady, Bonny Light Horseman, Muzz), the new album ‘Off Off On’ on Rough Trade records, is a beautifully clear distillation of Stables’ song-writing gifts. By the end of 2018, This Is the Kit had finished touring their last album, the talismanic Moonshine Freeze, but Stables’ natural impulse to start the next record was diverted when she was invited to join The National on tour – a continuation of the role she took on their album I Am Easy to Find.
“I think it did me loads of good,” laughs Stables. “It was so brilliant when I was writing to be away from my songs and the responsibility of overseeing a band or a project – just to forget about that for a while and be a minion in someone else’s band was brilliant.’
Stables has always been an exceptional songwriter, a gifted storyteller, a thoroughly unique voice. Listening to her music there comes the rare and thrilling sensation of an artist truly taking flight, her songs hold great beauty, wonder and illumination married with something dark and teeming and shadowed; music you swim out into, songs that lead you through.
“soaring new star of contemporary folk… she’s carving her own niche in a notoriously tough field. Her songs veer from achingly stripped down – just voice and banjo – to deliciously more complex, with layers of trumpet, clubbier grooves and psychedelic folk mantras.” The Guardian
“absolutely gorgeous, like an aural bath with the warm water lapping over you” Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music
Praise for ‘Off Off On’.
‘A Masterclass in complex songwriting, Off Off On stakes out the Winchester-born, Paris-based Stables as one of the most original and musically gifted artists of today.’ The Independent
‘Clever lyrics, clashing instrumentals and unique vocal patterns create a dizzying and heady album that feels as refreshing as it does personal .‘ The Line of Best Fit
THE MAGIC LANTERN
The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of singer-songwriter and composer Jamie Doe, an artist blurring the boundaries between folk, jazz and contemporary music. Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, his songs examine the limitless depth of human experience with devastating, joyous results.
His upcoming fourth album ‘A Reckoning Bell’ written and recorded while helping to care for his father with Alzheimers disease, sees Jamie turn to the piano to explore what loss can teach us about love and how love’s many small acts give a life meaning. The result is a study in masculine vulnerability that sits with and acknowledges the inevitability of a loss witnessed in slow motion and the unexpected moments of joy that sustain us.
‘A Reckoning Bell’ is released on 5 November 2021 via Hectic Eclectic Records.
“Dreamy, beautiful. Something very, very special.” – Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music
“Extraordinary. Beautiful poised singing, amazing lyrics. Hypnotic!” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Gorgeous, beautiful. This stopped me in my tracks. Slightly surreal, in all the right ways. He’s just one of those artists who sounds totally like himself “ – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
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