Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, Friday, featuring a raft of bands and musicians from the Lancaster, Morecambe and Lune Valley music scene.
One such musicianis 18-year-old Lancaster singer-songwriter Katy Pickles, who recently recorded her debut EP at Lancaster and Morecambe College’s brand new studios.
A former Queen Elizabeth School pupil, Katy is heading off to London in September to study at the Tech Music School.
She said: “I’ve always had a love for music and since I played the guitar it made sense to put the instrument and the words together. I write about anything I feel and experience. I started writing music about five years ago, and I admire anyone with the confidence to write music and put it out there.”
A fan of Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy, Katy said the support she got at QES was a huge help. “QES is definitely a school that supports musical interests. When they say they’re an arts school, they definitely are.
“The new studios at Lancaster and Morecambe College are fantastic, I got everything I wanted from an EP.
“The facilities are brilliant, especially for the price.
“The musicians on the EP are people I’ve always wanted to record with and I’m looking forward to taking it down to London with me.” The EP features Katy Pickles on vocals, guitar and fender rhodes, Peter Bentley on bass, Ric Middleton on double bass, Iain Hunter on percussion, John Moore on guitar, Pete French on hammond organ, and Louis Davy on Kalimba.
It is available from Katy herself, The Music Spot in Lancaster, or online. A Christmas CD Katy recently recorded raised £100 for the Lancaster Homeless Action Service.
For more on Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival, at the town’s rugby club, check out the website. Other artists at the festival include The Feud, The Kilkawley Family, Massive Wagons, Idol Minds, Lucas Button, Gritty Britain and Phoenix Down.