1. Tell us about your new single Lullaby for Lucas, what is the meaning behind this track?
Lullaby for Lucas is a song which encompasses different snapshots of things I’ve experienced throughout my life so far, views I’ve formed over time and people I’ve met over the years. The song is specifically about a man named Lucas ; an opera singer turned nomad who I met one night in a bar one night whilst I was walking the Camino De Santiago in northern Spain. Lucas was the catalyst for the song but lyrically, the song contains my perceptions of different aspects of life and humanity, topics of forgiveness and not being so quick to judge others.
2. You're known for performing up and down the country playing acoustic sets at festivals including Glastonbury, Rollright Fayre and Secret Garden Party, Which festival is your favourite to play?
-Rollright Fayre. It’s a very special, small Festival near the famous Rollright Stones around the border of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, which are steeped in history, so it’s a good place for people to come together and celebrate folk culture and tradition. There’s a real community feel and people work very hard to make it such a special event. There’s a wide variety of live music and the talent is always humbling to see.
I once played in a yurt at two in the morning with my friend Nye Parsons on double bass with the rain pouring outside and everyone sat on the floor of the yurt listening. A moment I won’t ever forget.
3. You began writing songs as a teenager, what was your inspiration and which artist did you look up to and learn from?
-I’ve been singing since all my life, I grew up with watching my mother sing on stage and it was after a family tragedy that I first began writing songs when I was a young teenager. I remember listening religiously to Regina Spektor at that time, but I would have to say Joni Mitchell has been my greatest inspiration over time. There are so many though, I could list my musical inspirations for pages!
4. What’s the lyric you are most proud of that you have written?
-‘My idols are rebels, they smoke and grind, and my daemons are devils, they talk all the time, about burning bridges and crossing the line. And you climb every rung ‘til you reach he sky, but you’re trespassing on paradise.’
5. You began busking from a young age and then going around the world busking in so many different countries, what did you learn in all these different environments?
-I learnt a lot about confidence through performing on the street, I learned to rise to the occasion every time, (some days are harder than others) and that if I’m open and honest and I put every scrap of my energy into my performance; people will appreciate it and respond. Street performing has helped me when I get to wondering what or who I’m playing music for. When I see the response, it’s like living proof that live music means so much to people and you never know who you may touch with your music that day. I’ve had such honest conversations with people which I’ll always cherish. Playing on the street has shown me how music cuts through everything; this has been said many times but it is a language everybody can understand.
6. What is the hardest part of the music industry for a singer songwriter like yourself?
-Getting to a point in my career and in myself when I’m ready to tour and know I can do the best job I can possibly do. Needless to say the landscape of touring for musicians is in a frightening position with so many Grassroots Venues being forced to close due to Lock-down.
7. How would you describe your music style?
8. Venues up and down the country are struggling during the lockdown period, which independent venue is your favourite place to play?
-The Black Dove in Brighton
9. Which unsigned band or artist have you enjoyed listening to recently?
- T. Hardy Morris
10. Where can we find your new single Lullaby for Lucas and what’s next for Katherine Abbott?
-My two singles are available to stream on all online platforms: Spotify, Youtube, Apple music, Deezer, ect.
And I’m currently working on an EP in the studio, sketching plans for an album to follow and I plan to tour whenever venues can open up again after the Lockdown if lifted and facilitate live music. I hope this will be soon and that the government can give care packages to save our venues, and the millions of jobs currently at stake.