30 Seconds: Lucy Kitt

Today we spend some time with folk singer-songwriter Lucy Kitt, to find out more about her writing process and catch up on her career so far.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 31 Aug 2012
  • min read
She's been slotted into a space between Norah Jones and Alison Krauss by critics, and is a proficient musician too. She already has a couple of EPs under her belt, and recently appeared at Cambridge Folk Festival.

Her take on folk is refreshing and contemporary, yet you can hear traditional influences throughout her music. Writing music since she was in her teens, Lucy has come a long way. We spent 20 seconds with Lucy to better understand where her music comes from and where she wants to take it next.

How long have you been making music?
My songwriting days started at 16 in an all-girl grunge rock band called Ostara. I played guitars and wrote the tunes. We were performing around the Romford/Essex area in pubs and clubs for a year or two. It was during my university years in Canterbury that I became a solo performer, and my songwriting developed into a more folk rock style.

What inspired your new album?
After my first EP Mornin Sun, my songwriting had already developed from a style of acoustic folk, into a sound I would call my own. I had many new songs to record by the time I decided to start making my new EP Where I Belong. A big inspiration of mine has always been honest and simple songwriters; the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. All artists who wrote from the heart. I never force writing a song. It has to naturally flow, so much of my inspiration comes from life situations and personal experiences.

What process do you go through to create your music?
I like to write the guitar part first to a song. Sometimes I will have a guitar tune hanging around in my head for months, even years, until a song develops out of it. I start with the lyrics when I feel I have something to say, or some experience has made me want to write.

How would you describe your sound?
A blend of folk rock and country blues.

What would your dream collaboration be?
I'd love to write with Neil Young. His songwriting is a big inspiration to me. I'd also love to sing with Emmy Lou Harris. Her country songs and voice is so legendary. I love her sound.

Where can we catch you performing next?
Besides some London venues on my Facebook Lucy Kitt Tunes page, you can catch me playing on 19 October with Pete Molinari at The Astor Theatre, in Deal. Alos at the London Folk and Roots festival on 28 October, held at The Amersham Arms, New Cross.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lucy-Kitt-Tunes/191466740919848?ref=hl

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDy7NbTpcsI&feature=relmfu

Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/lucy-kitt