Katie Kirk and Rick Williams on big stage

West Cornwall folk duo Katie Kirk and Rick Williams step up to the big stage at 2019 St Ives September Festival

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Date published: 30th May 2019

West Cornwall folk duo Katie Kirk and Rick Williams will be making a welcome return to the St Ives September Festival when they step up to appear on The Guildhall stage on Wednesday, September 25.
After selling out St Ives Arts Club at fairly short notice last year they have been invited back this year for a headline appearance at the Festival's much larger main venue.
"We're very much looking forward to playing at the Guildhall and feel honoured to be part of the St Ives September Festival again," said Newlyn-born Rick.
"We had a hugely enjoyable evening at our sold-out Arts Club gig for the Festival last year.
"We've been steadily adding to our set of old and new folk songs and, similarly, we hope to see some new faces along with familiar ones this year!"
Rick and Katie, who lives in Perranuthnoe, combine a love of early music with an ear for timeless quality behind contemporary songs.
Recapturing the feel of folk clubs of old, they will be aiming to bring that atmosphere to The Guildhall.
Katie Kirk, a singer, voice-coach, performer and mother with a background in environmentalism, political campaigns and community development, performs spoken word and musical work in a number of settings including care homes, schools, museums and communities.
She has worked with theatre companies WildWorks, Perthi Kov, The Minack Youth Theatre Company, Golden Tree, Awen, The Home Service, The Writers' Block and The Story Republic.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Rick's arrangements stem from his heritage in male voice choirs and he is a founder member, along with his father, of the a cappella group Boilerhouse.
He has composed for film and theatre 'Otter'n a Bitch Mackerel' and 'Three O'Clock Rock' - short theatre and film pieces written by Pauline Sheppard illustrating social issues in Cornwall - collaborated with writer Callum Mitchell, film-maker Mark Jenkin and Golden Tree, as well as arranging Charles Causley poems for The Story.
Katie Kirk and Rick Williams are part of a two-week Festival music programme which also includes legendary Scottish folk star Dougie MacLean, iconic Irish band Dervish, multi-award-winning folk duo Show of Hands, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow, Geoff Lakeman, and John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, with more to be announced.
Festival info and tickets online at www.crbo.co.uk and from tourist information centres throughout Cornwall.

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