I’m pleased to announce the emergence of another member of the Thompson dynasty:
She is the latest in a generation of talented musicians whose work I’ve been avidly tracking over the past few years. Rufus and Martha, Teddy, Lily and Sylvan Lanken and finally Kami; all were born out of a heady wave of folk and folk rock, of raw musicality and explosive collaborations.
Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Richard and Linda Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III were prolific artists in their time (and even now in some cases) and their kids look set to follow suit.
Kami was initially resistant to the lure of the music industry – but was soon convinced otherwise when Bonnie Prince Billy (unbeknown to her at the time) invited her to tour with him. She went on to tour with her brother and has worked with both him and Martha Wainwright on her forthcoming album.
Her music has echoes of her predecessors and contemporaries – with clear touches of country, folk and rock. But with influences as far reaching as desert tribe Tinawiren, The Beatles and PJ Harvey, and a distinct musical and vocal maturity, it seems she is not lacking in the originality department.
Last night she performed at London’s Bush Hall, and will play again on the 26th at The Green Note Café– an intimate venue that feels more like it should be an enclave of my hometown Glastonbury, rather than off-set from the hustle of Camden.
So I expect she’ll be a common fixture on this summer’s festival circuit and on the alternative music scene in general. Viewers, watch this space!