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Singer / Songwriter Katy J Pearson Brings The Wild Wild West To Widnes
Widnes Library, Sunday 6th June – 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 each
Book at getitloudinlibraries.com

It’s perfect for families, it will be socially distanced and in accordance with the latest safety regulations.

Bristol-based singer/songwriter Katy J Pearson is heading to Widnes Library in June 2021 for a special, socially distanced matinee gig, in collaboration with Get it Loud in Libraries.

Hailing from Gloucestershire, Pearson started out her music career as half of indie pop duo, Ardyn alongside her brother, Rob Pearson. Facing pressure from their label to pump out hit songs, the creative tension soon came to a head, with the label dropping them in the process. Meanwhile, the siblings had been covertly writing songs that they enjoyed, leading to Katy stepping up as a solo artist, with Rob acting as her co-writer. Now embarking on a solo career as part of Bristol’s music scene, Pearson has found her own signature sound and style.

The self-described ‘1970s Texas Mom’ is more Wild West than West Country. Pearson’s debut album, ‘Return’ was released in November 2020 and marked her re-entry into the world of music-making with “an honest collection exploring themes of romance, depression and good ol’ fashioned country heartbreak” (NME). The collection of timeless tracks combining effortless indie-pop hooks with Pearson’s unique twangs of skewed western Americana, and accompanied by double-denim heavy visuals, shows an artist finally basking in creative control.

Whilst 2020 has put a pause on creative projects for a number of artists, Katy J Pearson hasn’t slowed down. The year saw Pearson not only release her phenomenal debut album, but she also performed live streamed gigs from Bristol’s Louisiana and the Close Encounter Club and made appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 6 Music – with track, ‘Take Back the Radio’ claiming a 4-week feature on the playlist. 2021 sees Pearson performing a number of socially distanced shows before supporting BC Camplight – a fellow Loud in Libraries artist – on his UK tour.

Audiences across the UK are discovering libraries as unique venues that give people of all ages the chance to get close to emerging artists thanks to Get It Loud In Libraries, with past gigs including Adele, Florence + The Machine and Clean Bandit. Get It Loud In Libraries provides music provision to areas missed on major tours and exists to make libraries meaningful, useful and enjoyable for young people who haven’t visited in years, if at all. Katy J Pearson’s upcoming socially distanced gig at Widnes Library is a unique opportunity to see an emerging artist in an intimate venue that’s right on your doorstep.

Tickets are £8 each and can be booked online at getitloudinlibraries.com/gigs/

Since 2005, Get it Loud in Libraries has been programming high quality, live music events in libraries in towns and cities throughout the UK. They consistently demonstrate a unique talent for identifying new and emerging artists on the cusp of breaking through to the mainstream.

The programme is delivered in geographic areas that are generally outside the major metropolitan centres, with low live music provision – especially for young people and families. Incorporated into their work is the GILIL Academy which supports young people’s participation and talent development in creative and cultural activities. Through doing this, the programme seeks to challenge and change perceptions of libraries and to engage new audiences, particularly young people in using these unique and valuable community assets. (http://getitloudinlibraries.com)