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Penistone, Yorkshire (1995 – present)

Kate Rusby (born 4 December 1973 in Barnsley; currently based in Penistone, Yorkshire) is an English folksinger and one of the most popular singers of English folk songs. She was at the centre of the folk revival in the 1990s which occurred with the coming of age of the children of those who were part of the 60s folk revival. In 2001 The Guardian described her as “a superstar of the British acoustic scene”. In 2007 the BBC website described her as “The first lady of young folkies”. She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.

After learning to play the guitar, the fiddle, and the piano, as well as to sing, Rusby played at many local folk festivals as a child and adolescent. She came to wider attention through her duets with her friend and fellow Barnsley folk singer Kathryn Roberts on the 1995 album Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts.

At about this time she joined, and became the lead vocalist of, the all-female Celtic folk band The Poozies. This led to her becoming a founding member of the group Equation, which included Kathryn Roberts and Seth Lakeman. Rusby left Equation (being replaced by Cara Dillon) to follow a more traditional direction and, in 1997, released her debut solo album Hourglass produced by Scottish fiddler John McCusker (to whom Rusby was married for some time).

In 1999 Rusby recorded Sleepless which earned her a Mercury Music Prize nomination and the BBC Folk Award for Best Album and Best Folk Singer.


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  • chopper777

    Brilliant as always, Wimbledon Theatre on Wednesday.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Drazba

    Amazing voice

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
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    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Routon

    Прекрасная исполнительница! Великолепная певица!

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Routon

    чудесный голосок!

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • EricValeev

    Underneath The Stars

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • Elincia

    Beautiful voice. I am stretched on your grave = pure love.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • newdestiny66

    Adore Kate. Her songs and voice have got me through some bad times and carried me on when i was feeling low

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • YankeeDoodle197

    Beautiful voice.

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • jayneegordon

    One of my favourite female artists. Seen her twice, Fantastic performer. Magical!!!!

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • jeh0753

    Her biggest hit isn't the Cobbler's Daughter?! Its so much catchier than alll this other stuff! She's awesome all around though...

    25 Nov 2009 Reply
  • tennessee4

    listen to "planets"! what a beautiful song.

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • qrobur

    >> I love the song that she did for the BBC show Jam & Jerusalem. << That was The Kinks' 'Village Green Preservation Society'. Rusby did it well but her own stuff suits her better.

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • geachie

    Put up a fan page here, [url=http://www.[spam nofollow=yes].com/kate_rusby]http://www.[spam].com/kate_rusby Visit and add a shoutout for Kate!

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • geachie

    Kate Rusby is simply the best!

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Biscuit1978

    I love the song that she did for the BBC show Jam & Jerusalem.

    9 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Sunzy

    amazing vocalist

    5 Jun 2009 Reply
  • BlownoutBarbour

    Rusby's voice is as soft as lambskin with butter on it placed over a Bose stereo with just the right amount of treble and bass!

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • Duplex-Ache

    I like the song ' No Names' for the first time at Have been listening once a day at least. Thank you for singing ;-)

    26 Apr 2009 Reply
  • PussycatLiLi ... join this group if you are from Yorkshire

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
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