We’re really excited to be hosting award-winning nu-folk artist, Zoë Bestel, for the Galloway launch of her new single, ‘Utopia’. Sharing the stage with Zoë will be soulful country artist, Kate Kyle, which should make for a magical night filled with stunning music! Each artist will play a short set, with doors and the bar opening from 7pm.
With plans to self-release a third album through crowdfunding, Bestel is enthusiastic to share her new writing which she claims is more self-reflective than previous work. “The past four years have been a journey of discovery to unearth who I am as a person, as with all people in their early twenties”. The album is set to explore themes of mental health, guilt surrounding heartbreak, and modern folk tales of the elusiveness of a creative spirit. Alongside other new material, she will be performing her anticipated new single, ‘Utopia’, following its release on November 11th.
As well as numerous BBC radio and TV performances, Bestel has captivated audiences across Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, and the Czech Republic, with festival highlights including Orkney Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, and Cambridge Folk Festival. With upcoming work already garnering interest on the climate change world stage, with invitations to performances during upcoming global events.
Recently recognised for the prestigious award of ‘Performer of the Year’, D&G Life Awards 2021, the musically seasoned and sought-after singer/songwriter and performer, 20-year-old, Kate Kyle is known by audiences for her unique blend of soulful country vocals and strong lyrics. After the success of her debut EP ‘Where I’m Going’, Kate has released her second EP ‘Without Warning’ with her song ‘Confetti’ being recognised by BBC Introducing, among many other accolades.
Shortlisted for BBC Scotland’s Singer/Songwriter Award in 2019, Kate is influenced by songwriters Chris Stapleton, Lady A and Stevie Nicks. Accompanied by her guitar, Kate performs regularly – both locally and nationally and has performed at such events as Millport Country Music Festival, Hidden Door Festival, Perth Music Festival, Celtic Connections, a writers round in Nashville TN, Resonate Live, D&G Arts Festival – Talking Horse stage and “An evening with Kate Kyle” at the Catstrand Arts Centre as part of the D&G Arts Festival.
“Kate sounds like she’s come right out of Nashville, one of the regions finest and strongest performers …”, Bruce McKenzie – Music News and Reviews – D&G Life Magazine February 2021.
Eilidh is a young dancer with cerebral palsy working with Paragon who blew us away at their accessibility in the arts conference. Eilidh says “I may not go places on foot but that doesn’t mean I don’t go places!”
Zoë Bestel, Kate Kyle & Eilidh McGrath
Sat 3 Dec 2022, 7:30PM
Live Music (Folk)