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This Is The Kit
This Is The Kit can authentically said to be ‘on the up’ getting picked up by some of the bigger festivals and receiving regular national radio play and now getting their next album produced and released worldwide by The National's Brassland Records in the US. With gradually growing audience numbers at each gig as the word gets out....
This Is The Kit is Kate Stables playing banjo, guitar and a voice of unaffected clarity accompianied by her Wild Band creating primal and electric textures onto songs of unpretentious beauty.
‘You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong pal. Kate Stables rips forward with a hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare unaffected beauty.Accompanied by a backing-band of minimal psychedelia, This is the Kit will transport you to a warm bath in the middle of a forest.’
Most recent album ' Wriggle Out The Restless ' (Disco Ordination ) Dist (Shellshock) was re released in 2011 and the songs remixed by a number of notable people including PJ Harvey Producer John Parish and Portishead's Jim Barr.
Previous Radio appearances include: Radio 1 - Rob Da Bank / BBC 6 - Cerys Matthews / BBC 6 - Marc Riley (twice)
Previous Festival appearances include: Cambridge Folk Festival / Glastonbury Acoustic Stage / Secret Garden Party / Ichycoo Park / Festibelly / SXSW (Austin)
Her indie-folk style possess both a fragility and a sense of plucky charisma in one fell swoop. confidently claiming fans of Marc Riley, Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe as well as reaching brand new audiences through remixes by the likes of RocketNumberNine.
Plum is the code name for Scottish songwriter and producer, Shona Maguire. Shona grew up in a 150 year old house in rural Aberdeenshire, before moving to Peebles in the Scottish Borders. Undertaking work experience at Split-Level Studios from age 15-19, she was keen to learn studio engineering and recording. Frustrated by being unable to communicate her creative ideas exactly as she wanted, Plum undertook a Music Production course at Point Blank in London (2006). By the completion of her music production course she had already been signed to American label Summer Rain Recordings, releasing "The Whispering Chamber" (2007) and "The Glory Feast" (2008). Upon returning to Scotland, Plum quickly established herself as a notable force in the Scottish electronic music scene and was snapped up by prestigious label Benbecula Records as the only female artist in their 11 year history, releasing critically acclaimed album Different Skin in 2009.
The Seed (out April 2012) is her most recent work, a carefully crafted concept album around 'the seed of an idea'. Shona moved to a cottage deep in the heart of the Scottish Borders for 12 months to write the album.