An enchanting performer, marrying anecdotal wit with emotive, poignant lyricism, Kate Stapley crafts sublimely disarming folk songs delivered with vocals of inimitable potency. Ahead of playing The Social this Thursday for a Breakfast Records & Rama Lama special, we caught up with her to talk cats, crisps and Robbie Williams.

Towards the end of last year, Kate released the Double A-side ‘Hermit / Hours‘ on the ever wonderful Breakfast Records. Following on from her stunning Centella EP in 2018, the tracks offer graceful, gentle guitar melodies atop which Kate’s warm, crystalline vocals deliver confessional lyrics and create a space of harmonic intimacy.

Catch Kate Stapley live with Langkamer and Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes at The Social this Thursday. In the meantime, get to know her In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
playful meandering storytelling

Last photo on your phone…
My housemate’s cat who I’m besotted with being a soppy heap. My camera roll is mainly him and silly internet stuff.

Favourite instagram account…
@loveofhuns

The best venue I’ve played…
In Bristol it’ll be The Louisiana, further afield La Parenenthese in Nyon, Switzerland was absolute heaven in a stunning location. Really lovely team of people there who treated me and Opherve and the touring party like queens.

Earliest song you remember…
I think the first single I ever bought was by Mis-Teeq from Woolworths. I was also a huge Robbie Williams fan… Still definitely am.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
I work in bars and pubs so there’s a plethora of stories… One of the songs off the upcoming record called ‘Working’ documents one of the worse experiences of minimum wage maximum rage.

Favourite food on tour…
Crisps, always crisps.

My Favourite word…
I can be very phasey with words but I do love yelling ‘STUNNING’ that’s always a mood lifter.

Things that cheer me up…
Crisps, always crisps. I will also mention that I’ve got an incredible support network of friends and family that I’m very grateful for. A facemask and bath to give yourself the time to check in with yourself and find out what’s spinning round always helps.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
I would love to do some adventuring in Italy but touring America is a big dream of mine. I’m always looking to play as far afield as I can.

I think you should listen to…
I found an artist called Kathy Heideman from a friends playlist and she’s got an album called ‘Made With Love’ on Spotify. It’s very mysterious; I can’t find any other details about it but its spectacular and really beautiful music.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Gene Clark, specifically from the time of the album ‘No Other’ which is one of my favourite albums ever. The most incredible songwriter and voice. There’s a really great documentary on his life that I’d also recommend.

Kate Stapley plays The Social this Thursday (20th) with Langkamer and Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes. Tickets available on Dice.

Photo credit: Ania Shrimpton