Kate Waterfield

composer, sings and strings…


Kate Waterfield is a singer and composer, playing viola, violin and concertina. She has been writing and performing music for over 20 years, initially writing music and songs for theatre. Key work includes the 2003 Clean Break production of ‘Didn’t Die’ which toured nationally, ‘Race to Change Face’ for Futures Theatre Company in March 2004 and the Greenwich Community Play ‘Chuck out Your Mouldies’ in 2000. She was one of 8 artists as part of the Arts Council funded Estuary Songwriting Project.

Kate has released two solo albums as well as folk concept album ‘Lofoten Calling’ with trio the Kittiwakes. Her music has received radio play on BBC 6 Music’s The Cerys Matthews Show and Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk. She has toured nationally, performing at folk clubs, music venues and festivals. She was invited to perform at a film launch in Bergen, Norway following the inclusion of some of her music as part of a television documentary there. She has sung and played on recordings by other artists including Kev Hopper and Crafting For Foes and her recordings have been included on folk compilation albums.

As a workshop leader she has led folk choir projects at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and The Gate to Southwell Festival, and been a regular music leader for the Greenwich Music Services Summer Music Residential.

In 2022 Kate is performing as part of duo ‘Goodnight Crow‘ with Dan Forbes and as part of the ensemble cast of the folk musical ‘Rolling Down the River’ written by Dan’s father Jack Forbes. Both Dan and Kate are part of the current Owl Service live line up and recorded songs for the English Country Music project commissioned by Southend’s  Focal Point Gallery. Kate is also working on a performance piece in development with storyteller Hannah Brailsford and is part of the project ‘Songs of Radical Essex’ which was first performed at the 2022 Leigh Folk Festival.