Somewhere between Jazz, Folk, Chanson and Americana there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, Kirsty McGee has spent the past ten years and five albums exploring and mapping this place.
Honed over twenty years of wandering and touring, McGee's songs show the light touch of someone with an instinctive reflex for bringing together words and music. Gentle, and with the bittersweet edge of experience, her voice speaks directly from an open heart, and her rich, dark style continues to defy categorisation.
McGee is fan-funding her sixth album Contraband, due to be released in the Autumn of 2012. The public are being invited to donate in exchange for albums, handwritten lyric books and portrait photography by the artist. An intimate collection of honest, raw and intelligent songs, Contraband lays bare a delicate instrumental style that is new to Kirsty, and sees her more musically and emotionally exposed than ever before. Over the years McGee has shared the stage with artists such as Karine Polwart, Eddi Reader and Suzanne Vega, but for this album she sits alone in the centre of sparse and subtle guest appearances from International names as yet kept secret.
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McGee takes to the road again this Spring, with new songs and new collaborators. Concentrating for this tour on interactions with her contemporaries, she will visit all four corners of the UK & Scotland with Kentucky songwriter Brigid Kaelin before taking off for Europe with well-beloved Manchester songstress Becca Williams. Manchester’s Quiet Loner will also share the stage with McGee in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor as part of his ‘Quiet Night In’ tour.
McGee will be playing songs from her forthcoming album as well as selected material from her previous five records.
For full details of the venues & tourdates please visit www.kirstymcgee.com.