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Kate Rusby

Folk singer/songwriter Kate Rusby has lived in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, since birth, and grew up in a musical family. Her parents had a ceilidh dance band and introduced her to British folk at an early age. Along with her sister, Emma, Rusby joined the band, singing backup and playing the fiddle. By the time she was 12, Rusby also sang lead and played guitar.

At 15, she debuted at the Holmfirth Festival, and was introduced to another young folksinger, Kathryn Roberts; after playing together live for a while, the duo recorded Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts, which won Folk Roots' 1995 Album of the Year award. Rusby also collaborates with the female folk ensemble the Poozies, appearing on their 1997 album Come Raise Your Head and 1998's Infinite Blue. On her own, Kate Rusby has released 1998's Hourglass, and 1999 saw the U.S. release of Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts as well as the solo Sleepless. Little Lights appeared in spring 2001. She released 10, a collection of re-recorded and new tunes, as well as a handful of live cuts in 2003, followed by the acclaimed Underneath the Stars in 2004. Girl Who Couldn't Fly arrived the next year and in 2007, Rusby wrote and produced her next solo album, Awkward Annie. While December 2008 brought the release of her first Christmas album, Sweet Bells, the following year Rusby gave birth to her first child, Daisy Della, and subsequently took a brief break from the music industry. However, she returned in November 2010 with Make the Light, an album that consisted entirely of Rusby’s own compositions. A year later she issued a second seasonal album, While Mortals Sleep, before celebrating two decades of making music with October 2012’s 20, a double album’s worth of collaborations with artists such as Paul Weller, Eddi Reader and Mary Chapin Carpenter. ~ Heather Phares
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Love all you do Kate!!
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Old Man Time is really a beautiful song--hard to believe Rusby wrote it and that it's not 'folk' tradition. Well done, Kate
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Powerful and deeply felt
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harmonicalad y 0 1
such a calming,soot h i n g voice!
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So much soul....
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her and sandy denny ..my 2 favs
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ur awesome kate!
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I love it.
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Such a glorious voice,peace be unto you! Scot59
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happy51trail s
Love Kate, a voice so pretty and pleasant I can listen to her for hours, any time you need to calm down and collect your thoughts, she is there , Thanks....
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Ive loved beautiful Kate's voice since the first time I heard her. That's over 15 years ago. As pretty as patsy Cline. Especially in when in irish
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SHE LEAVES ONE WITH A HAUNTING SENSE OF PURITY.
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Definitely a favorite of mine
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I love her voice.
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There is those that catch your attention then there are those that hold your soul.
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What a lovely mix of voice and backing instruments. Perfect in every way.
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m.nelson8
Beautiful voice
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Awesome!

Mark
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woodsnwater1
Hauntingly beautiful, sweet and full of love with a timeless sense.
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Absolutely beautiful... .
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Haunting voice and song.
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She has a wonderful voice...♥
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She has a wonderful voice...♥
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She has a wonderful voice...♥
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Shoheen Sho is the anglicizatio n of seoithín seó which is the English equivalent of hush-a-bye. Just nonsense words spoken to sooth a baby.
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Does Sho Heen mean something? I tried doing a translation at Google but nothing came up....
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ahhh. i luv music like this. I don't understand how people could ever prefer that loud, screechy rock and roll or dudstep to this epicness
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Fills a hole in my heart every time I hear her voice...
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Ah a good book and Kate Rusby make me forget the long winter in Wisconsin.
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woodsnwater1
Love Kate's sweet, beautiful voice and delivery! Really enjoy her performances !
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Same as me, alphasuki, and all discovered through pandora!!
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donnalange1
beautiful!! thank you Pandora for making this possible for me to hear this beautiful music.
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shantteyman
Her versions of Bold Riley and Bloming Heather are simply sublime. If she'd been singing Bold Riley when the ship left port the vessel would've turned 'round on its own to hear her sing it again !
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jrscannell
could listen to this all day!
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awalker811
I've been listening to Kate Rusby for a few years now and every time she releases something, I find myself purchasing her work even before I know if it will be good or not. In fact her new album 20 is coming out Oct. 22 so look for it if you are a fan. Her voice is like an angel and her songs are filled with stories you want to hear. This is what a singer songwriter should be.
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I have to agree, her quality out shines most .Definitely similar expressive to the late great Sandy Denny. I will add her to my favorites and buy some of her work. This is what radio is supposed to be. I really enjoy Pandora.
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This is my first time in at least 3 years of having this station having heard this singer. She is such a wonderful singer. And the lyrics to The Unquiet Grave is so remarkable. I will look out for more of her.
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Lovely, just sooooo lovely....
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I sincerely wish she would appear here in the states. Unfortunatel y , the title of her album The Girl Who Couldn't Fly is about her own fear of flying, so I don't see her coming here any time soon. May just have to make a trip to England some time. Love her voice.
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mtruax12
thank you pandora this is most amazing!! as is Kate
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acornpianist
I've loved Kate Rusby since I was 3. I just LOVE her voice! It makes you feel comforted and protected. Very haunting.
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Her voice just makes you FEEL something!!
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wltrbuckley4 8 7
I sure like her voice, she's great
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drshreve
A haunting voice that is reminiscent of Sandy Denny. Delightful. .
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tamillette
i LIKE THIS SONG, AND KATE'S VOICE*****
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llluscious
Right on alphasaluki! We are quite like-minded. And spot on regarding Pandora! The joy it has brought to my life is immeasurable .
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johnlill2
Wow - I just heard 2 tracks by Kate. Reminds me of old Sandy Denny stuff, as a previous poster mentioned. Fantastic!
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jkkeywest197 2
Kate has a DVD, Live at Leeds, its FANTASTIC!! Netflix has it.
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If anyone reminds me of Sandy Denny's brilliance, it's this gal. She has the stuff.
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davis612
Beautiful. Shows it's not true that all singers have to sound American when they sing.
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