Katy Rose Bennett is part of the current cohort of participants English Folk Expo Artist Mentoring Programme 2019 / 2020. She has been writing and performing her idiosyncratic brand of Americana-tinged folk for more than 20 years. She first started writing songs at the age of 9, inspired by Patsy Cline, K D Lang, Gillian Welch and her dad’s 60s record collection. Born and raised in rural Oxfordshire, Katy moved up to Birmingham to study over a decade ago and has stayed ever since.
Her musical path has led her to working as a community musician and choir leader with people with dementia, acquired brain injury and learning difficulties as well as working as a music therapist with children with autism and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
In the last year, however, Katy made the decision to focus more of her energy on to writing and performing her own music, spurred on by a grant from Help Musicians UK to attend a prestigious songwriting retreat in Vancouver, Canada in August 2018.
The themes of her songwriting have developed over the course of her five solo albums: explorations of all kinds of love, obsession and depression; songs telling stories of people – both imagined and real; songs about the challenges and delights of being a parent and songs about the struggles of life with a mind and body which don’t always do what you want them to do.
She writes at the piano and guitar, drawing inspiration from nature, from the people and places around her and from her lived experience in the world.
“Part folk, part Americana, part pop, part jazz, all gorgeous, Bennett takes what in lesser hands would be the mere mundanity of everyday life and makes it joyous and uplifting.” Americana UK
“Strikingly original” UNCUT
Her latest album, ‘The Meantime’, is out now on all streaming platforms.