Teenage musician booked to support Levellers duo

Katie Grace. Photo: Gordon Armstrong.

An award-winning teenage musician returns to Richmond this week as Christmas comes early for fans of folk-tinged indie pop.

Rising star Katie Grace turned heads when she opened up for Jon Sevink and Dan Donnelly as a 14-year-old in 2019.

And the Tynesider returns to Richmondshire Cricket Club to support the Levellers duo fresh from winning one of the North East’s most prestigious music prizes.

Katie is the latest recipient of The Alan Hull Award — a bursary established in the name of the late Lindisfarne singer songwriter and created to support the next generation of musical talent.

A bursary will enable the 17-year-old to record a new EP of original material and perform at her first headline show early next year.

“It’s very meaningful to me as a North East-based artist to receive The Alan Hull Award,” said Katie, who has performed at festivals including Newcastle’s This Is Tomorrow and Cumbria’s Esk Fest.

“Not only does it feel as if a level of trust has been placed in me and my songwriting but it also allows me to contribute to a really, really rich musical landscape.

“I want to play a part in the region’s creative culture and to make my own mark as an independent singer songwriter. To receive this award in the memory of Alan Hull feels like a really nice link between the North East’s music of the past and the region’s music of the future.

“I have to thank Jon and Dan for inviting me to open up for them again.

“They really encouraged me to pursue my ambitions three years ago and it’s so exciting to be able to return to Richmondshire CC to play some new tunes and some old favourites.”

Katie released her debut EP, From The Wildflowers, in the summer of 2021 after making her name busking on the streets of North Tyneside from the age of 12.

The youngster, who combines pop, folk and country, has been likened to Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette and Phoebe Bridgers.

Jon Sevink and Dan Donnelly, supported by Katie Grace, play Richmondshire CC on Friday December 9. Doors open at 6.30pm.