It’s hard to believe that Kate Rusby has been making music for nearly a quarter of a century now, it must be something in that Yorkshire Tea she takes on tour by the boxload that keeps her looking so well.The darling of British folk has a new album arriving on October 7th titled Life in a Paper Boat, a title (and song) inspired by the migrant crisis and the risks that desperate souls are prepared to take in crossing the sea for a better life. The album was produced by her husband, Damien O’Kane. She reveals that although the album has her vibrant trademarks that we’ve come to love it also has some unexpected twists and tangents…there’s even a Moog.
“Damien had more time in the production seat for this album” she explains. “We wanted to experiment much more with sounds and effects, especially those that can be recreated on stage. He is quite the master of it these days – we were both really excited about where it would lead and both love the end result.”
The album also includes a fun bonus track by way of Big Brave Bill, a superhero fuelled by her beloved Yorkshire Tea! What started as a bedtime story for her girls Daisy and Phoebe premiered as a song at this year’s Underneath the Stars Festival. As she says, “why shouldn’t there be a hero from Barnsley?” Watch the video below:
She also revealed a new video for Only Desire What You Have, a song about the simple things in life and only desiring what you already have. Watch it below:
Life in a Paper Boat will be launched on a 14-date UK tour starting September 28 and taking in venues including Leeds Town Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Wales Millenium Centre, and Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
Visit here for tour details and ticket links: www.katerusby.com/tour-dates/
Life in a Paper Boat is released on October 7th, pre-order the album and you ‘Big Brave Bill’ t-shirt at the Kate Rusby Shop