Kath Reade: Music Is Life & Life Is Music

Kath Reade is a prolific singer-songwriter with a musical career spanning the best part of 60 years. During her formative years, Kath was offered a recording contract with Polydor but had to turn it down when her father insisted she got an education instead. A university degree in Social Sciences followed, but Kath has continued to write and play music throughout her life so far.

Kath has written hundreds of songs and true to form, many of them have been inspired by her life experiences and the people she has met along the way. She has a large and loyal following on the folk scene and beyond with many of her songs becoming well-known and even being learnt and played by other musicians.

Fancy having some of Kath’s music all to yourself?

Kath Reade Live

Kath regularly posts her performances on her YouTube channel. Here’s a selection to whet your appetite. Enjoy!

Kath’s Albums & Catalogue

Inheritance (2022)

‘Inheritance’ is Kath’s latest album and is a homage to beautiful traditional folk songs of the British Isles that move her, some of which date back to the 1400s. The history of these songs is deeply affecting and fascinating. Kath has included two originals written in the traditional style.

The songs were recorded in Whitby, a mecca for folk music lovers, by superb recording engineer and musician Rob van Sante.

Kath sings mainly acapella but there are great harmonies from Lynda Hardcastle and Alan Rose, whistle by Gordon Tyrall, haunting Ullin pipes by Becky Taylor, and keyboards from Chris Parkinson.’

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Soul Songs (2019)

“Practice Qi Gong to these songs, or simply lay in bed, or in Nature, with headphones, and experience deep relaxation” – Kath

Released June 28, 2019

Vocals and Guitar: Kath Reade
Recording and production: Anahata at Treewind Studio

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Devotion To Song (2013)

“… Celebratory … life-affirming … beautiful … imaginative … brilliantly conceived…. Truly outstanding supporting musicians Rebekah Findlay, Shaun Reade, and David Crickmore … Kath’s status as a classy folk troubadour is assured.” David Kidman.

We are treated to another foray into the musical realm by Kath with all original material and a voice that could melt butter.

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Passionate Nature (2010)

A beautifully produced album of all original material and multiple instruments, recorded and engineered by BBC folk rock producer David Crickmore. Featured musicians include Damien Barber, Sarah Smout (Magpies) & Shaun Reade. R2 Magazine described Passionate Nature as “… an album that should see Kath Reade achieve wider recognition for her talents.”

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Kingfisher Blue (2003)

One of Kath’s most popular albums of all time. A wonderful showcase of her song-writing that has been brilliantly produced by ex Battlefield Band Rob van Sante, who also makes a musical appearance. Featured guest Tom McConville.

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Songs To Be Sung (2000)

The classic first album from which Kath’s self penned songs have been sung and recorded by other folk artists such as Wenchall and Marie Little. Produced by Rob van Sante. Featuring Gordon Tyrrall.

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