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Edinburgh singer-songwriter Kat Healy has been described as a combination of well-crafted songs, beautiful voice and delightful stage presence, with a striking ability to take an audience on a heartfelt journey with her music.
Her latest EP, Wolf, was released to rave reviews this summer. She previously released a full-length album, Be Still Gentle Kind, and an EP, When You Are Gone, which marked her out as a distinctive, stylish performer with a unique vocal ability.
Healy has toured successfully throughout the UK and Europe, and 2015 saw her enjoy a number of high-profile gigs, including some well received private-showcase appearances at Folk Alliance International (Kansas City), performances at New York’s infamous Rockwood Music Hall, and The Empire in Belfast, as well as several performance features on STV, Scotland.
For more info, visit kathealymusic.com
AAA caught up with Kat earlier this week for a chat.
- Most memorable Capital event?
Scottish Independence Referendum, September 2014 – the city was electric. We went to the A Night For Scotland event at the Usher Hall and it was incredible. So much passion, hope and optimism. My boyfriend snuck me onto the stage at the very end of the gig and I was hanging on to him staring into the exuberant crowd of happy hearts. I will never forget it.
- Who would you choose to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?
Fleetwood Mac would be amazing – it’s good to see Christine McVie back in the line-up too. I’d also enjoy an appearance from Tori Amos because she really inspires me.
- Favourite old-fashioned boozer?
The Malt and Hops in Leith is my fave for the winter months – and I’m a fan of the Bow Bar on Victoria Street.
- Favourite style bar?
I can’t actually recall the last time I was in one. Ok, I’ll admit to enjoying the occasional classy experience on offer at The Dome on George Street.
“I’d also enjoy an
Tori Amos because
she really inspires me”
- Favourite restaurant?
The Chop House in Leith for the tastiest steak in town.
- Do you love or loathe the Festival?
I both love, and loathe, the Festival. It’s an immensely fun and creative time for the city, and a great way to absorb as much culture and chaos as possible… but it’s a tad overwhelming and I’m not fond of the sheer volume of traffic.
- Favourite art gallery?
Dovecot Studios is always good – and makes for an excellent/interesting event venue to hire. The café is tasty too.
- Favourite cinema?
Dominion for a date night – but mostly we head to Ocean Terminal Vue out of sheer convenience.
- Favourite live music venue?
At the moment it’s Leith Depot – we’ve had some cracking nights in there. The staff are fantastic, really helpful and great to work with. We’re delighted there is a wee venue thriving here in Leith – it’s about time.
- Favourite walk in or around the city?
Definitely the water of Leith – right over to Dean Village – always a treat.
- Favourite shopping area?
Princes Street as it hosts everything I ever really need… I’m a dreadful shopper and like to be efficient. Also, the charity shops in Stockbridge are good for posh bargains!
- Favourite piece of Edinburgh architecture?
John Knox’s House – it’s a magical beautiful piece of medieval architecture steeped in history. We recently played a gig there in the Netherbow Theatre and it felt really special.
- What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?
Leith booming and becoming a truly superb place to live and hang out. I’ve been here 12 years now and see a big difference. At first I was worried that it would be spoiled by all the gentrification etc, but it’s still got attitude. I love that you can enjoy a slap-up meal in a hipster joint like V Deep and then go and karaoke until 1am at The Spey Lounge. Brilliant.
- Favourite festival?
The Insider Festival – but I don’t think it’s coming back… so I would say Mugstock Festival in Milngavie – it’s great, perfect size, affordable and really fun.
- Favourite Edinburgh-set novel?
I love the Inspector Rebus books… but I have to say The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie stole my heart when I was young.
- Favourite Edinburgh band ever?
Stanley Odd. They make me so happy and have the greatest live show that everyone should experience at least once.
- Favourite local hero?
It’s got to be Pierinos in Leith. Dom and Adriano are my heroes for serving me the best pizza and fish and chips for over 10 years. They have had to put up with my horrendous late-night banter and daft appearances since way back – when I was waiting tables and pulling pints next door in the Iso Bar on Bernard Street. They are good people.
- Sell Edinburgh to a tourist in no more than ten words…
A beautiful bold fairytale, fizzing with music, culture and creativity.
Kat Healy live dates:
Dublin – 26th Oct – The Vintage Room
Belfast – 27th Oct – The Lansdowne
Edinburgh – 1st Nov – Leith Depot