Kay Pettigrew

Kay Pettigrew

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Kay Pettigrew makes honest-to-goodness folk music, drawing upon her musical upbringing and the dark corners of Toronto's indie clubs to exorcise the orchestra that lives in her head.

Biography

Kay Pettigrew makes honest-to-goodness folk music, drawing upon her musical upbringing and the dark corners of Toronto's indie clubs to exorcise the orchestra that lives in her head.

Kay grew up in Southern Ontario, playing music for local audiences and developing a small and dedicated following in her area. A few years and many open mics later, Kay moved to Peterborough to pursue university, where she instead found herself thriving in a close-knit music scene that broadened her influences and developed her talent.

Looking for a change of scene, Kay moved to Toronto and took to the road to play well-attended shows across Ontario, Quebec and the northern US. In 2007 she was a featured performer at Toronto Pride, and shortly thereafter partnered with For The Love of.. Records to release her debut, self-titled EP (December 2008).

A YouTube video of her cover of the theme song to 1990s TV hit, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", exploded online, garnering over 80,000 hits and multiple reviews. A favourable mention in Entertainment Weekly's "Popwatch" perfectly captured her surprising ability to combine the saccharine sweetness of pop culture with the grittiness of folk: "You got chocolate in my peanut butter, Kay Pettigrew!"

Kay currently lives in Toronto's west end, where she is holed up writing songs toward her next release (Spring 2010).

Discography

self-titled EP, December 2008 (For the Love Of..Records)

Set List

Set list:

1. Expropriation Blues
2. It Doesn't Matter
3. Dead of Winter
4. Adventures in the Rocky Mountains
5. Ornithology
6. Fires
7. Lunatica

Sets usually consist of 8-10 songs, mostly original, and last approximately 30-45 minutes each. Typical cover material ranges from re-imagined hip hop covers (e.g. "Fresh Prince") to old country songs (e.g. Patsy Cline).