Katie and the Carnival

Katie and the Carnival

BandFolkCabaret

Cabaret folk rock with a contemporary theatrical twist! Katie and the Carnival not only present you with great, catchy songs, they also captivate their audience with an energetic live show filled with fun! Enchanting harmonies and heartfelt lyrics are the core of this exciting new band's being!

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Biography

'Here is the playground of troubled dreams
where only pigs can fly,
and jesters dressed in spiteful robes bake blackbirds in your pie...
as children run in frightened drones
for dread of evil clowns,
don't be feared, release your mind...
The Carnival has come to town...'

Roll up, roll up for a dark concoction of musical pleasures. Carrying a battered suitcase full of upbeat yet melancholy songs intertwined with gutsy and whimsical lyrics, Katie and the Carnival have come to town.

Inspired by love, loss, bitterness, heartache and the dark depths of the imagination Katie and the Carnival tell stories and sing songs that display sensibilities both vulnerable and powerful. With an extensive background in choral music, Katie's songs are harmony driven with touches of the jazz, roots and blues music she grew up on. Add a contemporary twist, a few toy shop instruments and a healthy dollop of theatrics and there you have it!

In their short career the band have shared a stage with the likes of Duke Special, Thomas Truax and Dan Donnelly (of Watercress fame) and have played at Northern Ireland's biggest event in history 'The Tall Ships Festival' where they received an overwhelmingly positive audience reaction. Katie herself has performed with Duke Special on several occasions, most notably a duet for 'The Meteor Music Awards' broadcast on RTE1 earlier in the year.

This band are difficult to define by genre but are visably strong in their convictions to deliver the best musical entertainment they have within them. They take risks, make themselves laugh and make sure that their audiences have as much fun as they do!

With a glint in their eye and a tune on their tongue Katie and her carnival have launched themselves into a musical adventure of preposterous proportions...

won't you join them?

Lyrics

I need a muse

Written By: Katie Richardson

I need a muse so I can sing the blues,
I'm a lamp without a bulb with thoughts I'm dying to indulge,
It would be great if I could be irate,
I'd make a drawing or a sketch about the milk he didn't fetch,
If Peter picked me like a pickled pear I'd plunge, plunge, plunge into his arms and write a love song of his charms.

Just keep me nice and warm so I could write a poem,
about us running through the fields and all the happy things it yields,
Oh take me to a stony little path,
where I could write a hundred words about it's beauty and my wrath,
If Romeo was all aglow I'd get my drum, drum, drum and samba soft into the night while I succumb

You think I'm lonely, but I'm only on my own
Don't try to bow me on the strings that you have strung.

Just take me by the hand and lead me to the band,
so I can strum out soft and low about how high our love can go,
why don't you shout and fill me full of doubt,
I'll make a movie as you leave and not invite you when it's out,
If Bobby V would sing to me I'd sip on my rum, rum, rum,
Then we could swing like Frank and Bing until you're done

You think I'm lonely, but I'm only on my own
Don't try and bow me on the strings that you have strung

I need a muse so I can sing the blues,
I'm a lamp without a bulb with thoughts I'm dying to indulge,
It would be great if I could be irate,
I'd make a drawing or a sketch about the milk he didn't fetch,
If Peter picked me like a pickled pear I'd plunge, plunge, plunge into his arms and write a love song of his charms.

Discography

We are currently recording our first EP and will be relasing it in January!

We released a good quality demo CD for press and internet usage called "tunes" which included the tracks

I can't get no sleep
Fancy Face
I need a muse
Hitchhike
Thumpy Thump

Tracks played on the radio from our demo...
I can't get no sleep
I need a muse
Fancy Face
Hitchhike
Thumpy Thump

Set List

Fancy Face
Hitchhike
Thumpy Thump
I can't get no sleep
I need a muse
Easy to Say
Hide your face from me
I can only dream*
Take me now
The Last Waltz
The memory song
Just a Slice
Pagent Mess

We currently have about an hours worth of music but are in the process of working on another hours worth of material.