Kaity Rae - Red Paper Wrapping

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    "Not a hint of yuletide treacle on this atmospheric, no frills compilation from a label that is nurturing some of our most promising folk talent. Balancing the religious and the secular, the playlist goes gently on it's way. Minnie Birch's Snowman and Kaity Rae's Red Paper Wrapping tap into the spirit of midwinter; Kate Rouse's Hammered Dulcimer underpins Daria Kulesh's I Watch the Snow, Dave Swarbrick, a member of folk's old guard helps out on John Farndon's elegiac Peace in My Heart. There isn't a weak link to be found" Clive Davis, The Sunday Times "Essential Christmas Releases" 14.12.14

    "If you want something that's just that little bit different to listen to or give as a stocking filler this Christmas then it's well worth having a listen to this collection of fairly new artists who are in the Folkstock stable".
    Who's "strong and emotive voice brings a genuine warm feeling to the sad song which wouldn't be out of place as the John Lewis Christmas ad for next year"?
    Who "has a voice that is crystal clear and laser precise...The way she sings it harks back to the heady days of the sixties in style"?
    Whose child like voice evokes this image ? "you can almost see the steam from this gentle and breathy voice dissipating in the cold festive air"
    Which Someone "is well on her way to being one of the most sought after performers on the folk circuit"

    Who might this be ? "It has just that hint of mischief and bawdiness and is one of those songs which should be brought out when everyone has been fed and has sunk more than a couple of sherries with Aunt Maggie."
    Which track has "The absolutely wonderful opening of the dulcimer which evokes visions of the individual snowflakes falling, is the silver sixpence in the Christmas pudding...." which is embellished by a "refined and cut glass crystal voice which is a pure delight who provides us with "a really thought-provoking ballad that does have a feel of a hybrid between a carol and a traditional music hall song".
    There might be a clue here "have a wonderful set of voices which harmonise like they were triplets."
    and finally, whose voice did Danny feel could have done with any accompaniment ? "he could have sung this gentle and undulating traditional hymn a cappella and it would have been just as good if not better".
    "Among all the festive compilations and rehashed Christmas songs, if you want something different, that little bit alternative and which has been given a little more thought then you could do a lot worse than The Christmas Present which, once unwrapped, has some traditional tunes song by some fresh and delightful voices."Danny Farragher

    ‘The Christmas Present’ Various Artists - a sparkling compilation from Folkstock Records(November 25, 2014)
    " As someone wholly dedicated to both the spirit and season of Christmas in all its atmosphere and substance, the words ‘Christmas album’ often fill me with a desperate foreboding. They Christmas present Folkstock various artistsusually herald another collection of pointless, sugary-sweet pop-pap or a turgid regurgitation of ancient songs better consigned to history. That means I treat every Christmas compilation with a massive degree of suspicion. However, the latest Christmas offering to come my way is ‘The Christmas Present’, a sparkling compilation from Folkstock Records. And with the unerring certainty of recordings received from Folkstock, this is an album definitely worth its turkey and trimmings. No socks, bath salts and hankies here - this is a feast you’ll want to savour. However you take your Christmas, traditional or contemporary, secular or sacred, this album will touch some part of you. And you’ll feel all the better for it. Folkstock launches ‘The Christmas Present’ at The Southbank Centre on Friday 28 November 2014." Folkwords, Tim Carroll.

    Could this be the new soundtrack to your Christmas ? From the bawdy to the beautiful, this jewel of a seasonal selection offers both a respite from and a reminder of the reality of Christmas. Something for everyone, whether classical or original, relaxing or rousing, the full gamut of emotions are presented within the nine carefully curated tracks of ‘The Christmas Present’ released on Folkstock Records, produced by Lauren Deakin Davies.
    Ephemeral escapism, crushing disappointment, abundant social injustices, the serenity of peace, the emergence of hope, the support of friends old and new, are all here in a Christmas collection which we are proud to present this wintertime.

    Engaging and thought provoking songs, ranging from the familiar to fresh classics of the future.

    Thank you to Kaity Rae, Zoe Wren, Minnie Birch, Pete Guy, Kelly Oliver, Garry Smith, Daria Kulesh, John Farndon (ft. Dave Swarbrick) and Said the Maiden for offering to be part of our first Christmas release.
    released November 21, 2014

    Produced by Lauren Deakin Davies
    Executive Producer Helen Meissner

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" Kaity Rae sets the bar pretty high with Red Paper Wrapping, which incidentally is the single from the album and will be released on December 10.
Rae's strong and emotive voice brings a genuine warm feeling to the sad song which wouldn't be out of place as the John Lewis Christmas ad for next year.
Rae's singing on the title track shows you straight away that her voice has depth and emotion there are times she has the vitality of Lily Allen and also she has that unadorned rawness of the pre-punk Kate Nash but has the quality of softness and clarity which has become The Staves trademark....Kaity Rae's slightly gritty, smoky tone is just fantastic. She would probably have been banned by the BBC 40 odd years ago” Danny Farragher, Folkall Blogspot

"Kaity Rae’s voice is fantastic, like a fine single malt whisky it glides beautifully smoothly over the delicate acoustic guitar based backdrop. It’s impossible to totally judge an artist off the back of one song so I will refrain from trying to do so, but my God Kaity Rae you have just made a quite brilliant first impression" themusicaloutcast.com.

the first shots of a career which has the potential to span the worlds of folk, pop and country. ..opportunities to shape the future direction of the original and traditional songbook are enticing, capable of moving, delighting and just plain impressing the listener ..Kaity Rae is a burgeoning special talent”
Three Chords and the Truth
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Now 19, Barnet based Kaity Rae is studying at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. The track was featured by Music Week in the playlist. Kaity has released two EP's with Folkstock Records, most recently This Time Around in June 2016, which Ben Earle from chart topping duo The Shires attended. Her debut EP Spark was released in November 2014 and gained almost 2 million streams on Apple Radio in 2016. Kaity won a Best Young Songwriter Award at the Love Folk Live Showcases in early 2014. She was an ‘Emerging Artist’ with the Roundhouse, had one of her songs featured on their 30/30 album for 2013, gained a coveted place in the finals of GIGS : Big Busk Young Songwriter 2014 competition and has had airplay on regional BBC radio as well as Amazing Radio. Her music is best described as acoustic singer/songwriter, with main influences from country, folk and pop.


from The Christmas Present, track released November 21, 2014
Kaity Rae



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Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
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