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Katie Spencer Katie Spencer
Album: Live At Acoustic Routes
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 5
Website: https://www.katiespencer.net

I first heard Katie Spencer when I received her debut album "Weather Beaten" to review back in February 2019. The first thing that struck me about this very talented young lady was her maturity both in terms of her songwriting and her guitar playing. As we both reside in Yorkshire, I could have initially been accused of bias but having seen her success over the last year or so, my faith in her has been fully vindicated.

So now twelve months on, we have a new album to listen to albeit a fairly short 5 track one. This live session was recorded by Acoustic Roots Wigan, at St Michael & All Angel's Church in Dalton, Lancashire on Saturday 8th February 2020. What we have this time is the same mix of haunting and captivating folk-based vocals, beautiful acoustic guitar playing and the occasional bit of chat from Katie.

My favourite track on the debut album was "Incense Skin" and I am thrilled to see that it is again included in this short musical offering from Katie. In fact, it closes the set in perfect style once again demonstrating Katie's skill as both performer and songwriter. It also demonstrates her skill as a guitarist of immense talent and imagination. The opening track "Drinking The Same Water" starts with a delightful guitar introduction which will have you hooked immediately

In these trying times of lockdown, where artistes are unable to perform live music and therefore powerless to earn much money, it is important that we as the listening and buying public try to support them. Bearing in mind how little artistes make from downloads, please try to buy the CD direct from Katie or the website above and support this incredible young artiste. I guarantee you will not be disappointed and that you will then undoubtedly purchase the debut album too.

Rory Stanbridge