Americana girl Kathy set for village gig

NEW York singer songwriter Kathy Stewart headlines a special Americana night for St Boswells Live! next Friday.

Kathy’s songwriting draws on many influences of American popular culture and other spectrums, resulting in her own distinctive sound.

She has been much sought-after for her composing and arranging abilities and is well known for her harmony work on recordings by established artists such as Andy M. Stewart, Silly Wizard, Dick Gaughan, Davy Steele, The John Wright Band, and British country artists, John Hinshelwood and John Miller.

She will perform alongside the Frequent Flyers, made up of Ken Kennedy on double bass, harmonica and vocals, and lead guitarist, Big Al Rae. Both Ken and Big Al currently play in the Peebles-based Red Clay Dirt Band.

Bill Muir and Seoras Ashby will be providing support. Both are stalwarts of the blues scene, and can be seen regularly at clubs around the Borders. Bill played blues harp in the 1960s with John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Jo-Ann Kelly, amongst others.

He was a co-founder of the Blue Hyenas and Driving Sideways, and remains one of the UK’s leading harpies. Seoras is a guitarist whose influences include Jimmy Vaughan and Frank Usher.

Making up a packed bill for the evening will be Dull Fudds lead singer Katie Forbes who is a consummate performer in her own right when not performing with the popular Borders band.

Of Katie, one reviewer wrote: “The songwriting perception, and distinctively amazing vocal deliveries of Katie Forbes, are as skilful as they are wittingly off-hand. What seems whimsical is actually forward-thinking acts of catchy musical nous.”

Doors open at 7.30pm (a new time), with an open mic slot starting at 8pm for anyone who fancies playing the odd American classic. More information available at