Kate Rowe

Kate Rowe

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandPopChildren's Music

Kate Rowe is an awardwinning singer-songwriter who makes people feel happy. Charming, with a great (some would say twisted) sense of humour, she beguiles audiences wherever she appears. Her songs are known for their catchy 'earwormy' tunes and clever lyrics. Kids love her too.

Biography

"To be part of a Kate Rowe live performance is to be charmed by her witty lyrics, warmed by her smile and her delicate full voice, and sent off into the night with happiness levels fully replenished."
(Bob Charter, Co-Director Blue Mountains Music Festival, Australia)

Kate Rowe began performing her songs in Paris while working as an English teacher at the Sorbonne in 2000. She has been variously employed as a book illustrator, cartoonist, high-school French teacher, children's party fairy, radio presenter and a saleswoman in a kitchenware shop... experiences which fuel her quirky songwriting and her engaging onstage presence.

Kate was named 2010 ASA (Australian Songwriter's Association) Songwriter of the Year, and won three categories in the same competition for her songs "Coffee My Lover" and "Dusty Room". She won a Lennon Award in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song "Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons".

"Kate has a way with words that is just delightful. It is as if she is actually a short story author, it just so happens she is a great muso as well." (Robyn Jarman, The Stix)

What sets Kate apart from other performers is her choice of subject matter -- David Attenborough, the Parisian catacombs, a blind date she never went on, space rabbits, and giant squids, to name a few -- and her warm and endearing stage presence. Knowing that people's time is precious, her live performances are characterised by the funny and useful stories she tells in between songs.

Apart from adult shows, Kate Rowe and touring partner Ryan Morrison also present an exciting kids' show, with plenty of catchy, imaginative songs that feature actions and dancing, such as the festival favourite "Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons".

Kate has toured Australia twice, and the UK twice as the support act for The Spooky Men's Chorale. Performances over the last five years include the Apollo Bay Music Festival (VIC), Blue Mountains Music Festival (NSW), National Folk Festival (ACT), Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS), Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (NSW), Cobargo Folk Festival (NSW), Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA) and Towersey Folk Festival (UK). Apart from her more recent awards, she was also shortlisted twice in the 2009 ASA Awards, was a finalist in the 2009 Victorian & National Country Music Awards, and won 2007 BluFm89.1 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Country Music.

"The support for the evening was Kate Rowe, playing acoustic guitar and singing her own songs without the need for a microphone, using the acoustics of the wonderful hall. The result was charming and her quirky songs about her love for coffee and the blind date she never met were in the same league as Victoria Wood at her best." Bristol Evening Post, July 2011.

Lyrics

Jindabyne

Written By: Kate Rowe

My brothers and I felt it was time
to make the trip we had to make to Jindabyne
the countryside was beautiful I’d never been before
I said I wish, and stopped myself, and said no more

chorus:
and the road is clear and the weather’s fine
and we’re driving down to Jindabyne
I don’t recall the last time we all went away alone
just one night to spend
and just one place to find
then we’ll all come home from Jindabyne

we fought on the way down about something really small
the hotel gave us dinner but we couldn’t eat that much at all
we spoke of everything except what still lay in store
I said I wish, and stopped myself, and said no more

chorus

we got up very early none of us complained
my little brother took the wheel our conversation was restrained
I looked at them all grown up, all strong and kind and wise
I said I wish, and stopped myself, and tears came to my eyes

chorus

at last we found the river we knew it was the one
it sparkled and it tumbled like a river ought to run
we let our father’s ashes go in water clean and clear
we looked around and said he would have liked it here

and the water’s clear and the weather’s fine
at the river near to Jindabyne
I wish there was another reason why we’re here alone
but it’s all okay and the sky is blue
and we’ve done what he asked us to
and now it’s time to all go home

and the road is clear and the weather’s fine
and we’re driving back from Jindabyne
on the first time we all went away alone
just one night to spend
and just one place to find
now we’re coming home from Jindabyne

Song for Frank

Written By: Kate Rowe

Oh Frank we’re finished we’re through
I’ll never know your embrace
we almost blind-dated
but our friends hesitated
so we never got to first base
oh Frank I’m sorry it’s over
but it’s all in the hands of our friends
they’ve been right through it
they say we can’t do it
and that’s how our love affair ends

oh Frank my darling farewell
it’s over before it began
I’ll never know what it’s like in your arms/bedroom/bathroom/panel van
I don’t remember the light
in your blue/brown/hazel eyes
when you stroked my face/dog/ego
on that day of our final goodbyes

CHORUS:
oh Frank I’m sorry it’s over
before it was love at first glance
I won’t forget you cause I never met you
it’s sure been a whirlwind romance
we could have been sharing our tea and our toast
but we never got past that old starting post
of all the men that I’ve never loved
I’ve never loved you the most

We haven’t been through so much together
just think of the things that we’ve missed
you never ran off with a waitress/postman
I never got angry/pissed
we never had kids, never so much as kissed
I don’t even know if you know I exist
Frank you’re a mystery
and so is our history
Frank you’re a mystery to me

CHORUS

Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons

Written By: Kate Rowe

I woke up in the morning
I wanted cereal
I went into the kitchen
To get myself a bowl
And while I sat there eating
There was a flash of light
Suddenly in front of me
Appeared a freaky sight

They looked like normal rabbits
Except that they were pink
Wearing little spacesuits
Standing in the sink
They said “Greetings earthling!
We come from Brocklevoons
Do not try to stop us
We’re here to take your spoons!”

CHORUS
Oh Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons
Landed in my kitchen because they needed spoons
Oh Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons
Landed in my kitchen because they needed spoons
Oh! Bounce bounce ba ba ba bounce
Bounce ba ba ba bounce
Left left right right round and round and pounce
Bounce bounce ba ba ba bounce
Bounce ba ba ba bounce
Left left right right round and round and pounce

I gave them all my spoons
They took me in their ship
We travelled through the universe
Very very quick
Their little eyes were worried
Their little eyes were grave
They said “We’re in a hurry
Coz we’ve got ducks to save!”

CHORUS

We got to Brocklevoons
We landed by a lake
I could see the rabbits
Had made a big mistake
They tried to make a place
Where they could jump and hop
They turned the lake to jelly
So they could bounce on top

But no one told the ducks
And all the ducks got stuck
Stuck inside the jelly
What awful rotten luck
We had to eat the jelly
We had to set them free
We took our spoons and got to work
The Space Rabbits and me

CHORUS

The ducks were very cross
The rabbits said “Don’t worry
We won’t do it again
We’re very very sorry!”
The ducks forgave the rabbits
And it began to rain
Everyone was happy
The lake filled up again

And then they took me home
And gave me back my spoons
And told me I was welcome anytime on Brocklevoons
My cereal was waiting
But after all that jelly
I couldn’t fit another thing
Into my big fat belly

CHORUS

Dusty Room

Written By: Kate Rowe

Take a good friend to your dusty room
The one with the ghosts, strange candelabras and mirrors of gloom
She'll pore over maps, she'll sigh at the ash where the phoenixes did not care to rise
Let her look at it all with new eyes

Let her open the windows
Let her come with her buckets and broom
She's seen it all before
Let her see into your dusty room

She'll laugh in her good-natured way, and talk about seasons and tides
You'll see that it is kind of funny, and normal besides
All that dust will never make diamonds
no matter how hard you hold on
It'll never make sense, and it's taking
the place of what is to come

Let her open the windows
Let her come with her buckets and broom
She's seen it all before
Let her see into your dusty room

And you'll understand something grand
A vision of people and rooms
Bless us, we all have dusty halls, treasure troves, closets and tombs
treasure troves, closets and tombs

And at last you will see that you are not the only one
Nothing too special, nothing new under the sun
And this you'll see is good, and makes you feel relief
You don't need to suffer, you don't need this old grief
And the only thing left will be light from the moon
When you take a good friend into
your dusty room

Discography

* Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons (kids album 2012)
* Nature's Little Game (album 2010, Aus radio airplay)The
* Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons (single 2009, Aus radio airplay)
* Song for Frank/Coffee my Lover (single 2008, Aus radio airplay)
* The Simplest of Things (album 2007, Australian radio airplay)

Set List

A typical set is 30-45 minutes, one or two sets either solo or with accompaniment. A typical set will contain some of the following songs, with stories in between.
Originals: Fred the Dog, Song for Frank, Coffee my Lover, Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons, How David Attenborough Saved My Love Life, Dusty Room, Lover Come Closer, Deep Blue Sea Deep Blue Love, Butterfly, Jindabyne, If Only You Knew, Kitchen Shop Romantic, Safe, The Frog, Don't Kiss Me, Family Outing, Catacombs, Talk to You and more