Picture by Lucy Hamblin
There has been a recent and welcome rediscovery of what Robert Forster calls ‘Lost Women Found‘ in his excellent article on Vashi Bunyan, Sibylle Baier and ‘Connie’ Converse.
Karen Dalton also fits into this club of talented and groundbreaking women who are only now being written into music history.
Cult Folk artist Kath Bloom however remains barred from the canonization process, and that’s arguably because she is the ultimate outsiders’ outsider. She counts Bill Callahan, Mark Kozelek, Richard Linklaker, Josephine Foster, Scout Nibbett and Stewart Lee as fans, Devendra Banhart describes her as “One of the most beautiful singers ever. Heartbreaking.” Indeed, Kath has long been hailed as one of the most devastating songwriters alive. You may recall her most famous song ‘Come Here’ as featured in Linklaker’s ‘Before Sunrise’
or Bill Callahan’s cover of ‘The Breeze/My Baby Cries’ recently seen in the Michael Caine movie YOUTH, but you are probably not aware of her most recent albums Terror (2008), Thin Thin Line (2010) and Pass Through Here (Reviewed in LTW 2015) that have garnered critical acclaim but almost no Radio play. Kath can’t even get a booking agent in her native America after a career spanning forty plus years, but perhaps there is still time for her to enjoy a late Bloom in the UK as Kath undertakes her most extensive UK tour to date this April. She hits the road with Splintered Man (London) & Capt.Lovelace (France) who are her backing band, supports and chauffeurs.
Tickets are on sale now and links below.
Kath Bloom ‘Pass Through Here’ Tour
April 22 Bristol – Venue TBA
April 23 Bexhill – Albatross Club Bexhill
April 24 London – Windmill Brixton
April 26 Birmingham – Kings Heath Kitchen Garden Cafe
April 27 Coventry – The Tin Music and Arts
April 28 Glasgow – The Glad Cafe
April 29 Edinburgh – Summerhall
April 30 Newcastle – The Cluny
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