Katie and the Carnival is the musical project of musician and actress Katie Richardson and her band. Known for their energetic and engaging live performances, their music is soulful and harmony-driven with influences from folk, pop, indie and torch song. Following a number of sell-out special events last Summer the band have made several TV (BBC NI's Out Of The Blue and Come Dine With Me), radio (performed 'Dinosaurs' live on the Gerry Anderson show on day-time BBC Ulster Monday 14th May) and festival appearances (just announced to play this years Glasgowbury Festival) and joined Foy Vance in The Ulster Hall for a magical gig last November.
Katie has also worked with the likes of Duke Special, The Inishowen Gospel Choir, The Salt Flats, The Jane Bradfords and many more. Her voice is currently featured in the new Dale Farm ice cream advert singing her own arrangement of 'Bring me Sunshine' by Arthur Kent.
New single 'Dinosaurs', out June 18th, was recorded in Start Together Studio's, Belfast (General Fiasco, Duke Special, Sharon Corr).
"A band on top of their game" BBC ATL
"Tammy Wynette meets Tarintino" Hotpress
"She (Katie) transcends the stereotype of the quirky female vocalist, thanks to remarkable stage presence, a soulful voice and joyous wit." Culture NI
"A proper spectacle, a visual treat. Oh, and the music's great too... engaging is an understatement" BBC ATL
"Katie creates the kind of smokey jazz that Norah Jones might make if you snuck a load of vodka in her diet coke. With delightfully creepy, ramshackle tunes such as the sultry ‘I can’t get no Sleep,’ and theatrics coming out of their eyeballs, you’d be a fool not to catch the Carnival live around the Belfast area." never enough notes