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Kate Rusby - life, music & becoming an honorary Bangle!

I've been catching up with some fantastic people on The Big Night In on BBC Radio Somerset recently - and sharing those conversations with you. One of them was 'The First Lady of Folk', the brilliant Kate Rusby.

We had such a lovely chat about how Kate started out singing and playing (plot spoiler: it involves a recorder, a swimming teacher, and then some festival gigs that made her legs wobble). We spoke about some of her most memorable moments (listen out for the moths story), about celebrating her 30th year in music - and we also chatted touring and coming to the Yeovil Octagon (that was on April 28th) and her upcoming gig at the Cheese and Grain in Frome on May 15th.

Kate was a genuine joy to catch up with so grab a cuppa, settle down, and listen to Kate sharing her thoughts about life and music, with a captivating warmth and wit. And yes... there is a story about becoming an honorary member of The Bangles too!

You can hear the full conversation here, forever....

For the next month only, our chat will be available to listen back to on BBC Sounds across two of my shows as well. The first one is here at 1 hour 16 minutes in. The second one is here at 1hr 12 minutes in.

And if you did get to the Yeovil gig, you might be able to spot yourself, courtesy of Kate's photo!

The conversation originally aired on BBC Radio Somerset on 21st and 28th April, 2023.


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