About Kate

Forever proud to call herself a folk singer, Kateโ€™s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise.

As early as 1999, aged just 26, Kate was named as one of the Top Ten Folk Voices of the Century. Everything she has done since has confirmed the foresight of those who bestowed that honour. From being a nominee for 1999โ€™s Mercury prize โ€“ almost unheard of for a folk singer both then and now โ€“ for her stunningly assured second solo album, Sleepless, to 2016โ€™s enthralling Life In A Paper Boat, Kate has stayed true to her folk and acoustic roots.

"Everybody loves and respects Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to traditionโ€ฆ"

Sunday Times


  • 2019

    English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge Award

  • 2016

    Freeman of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

  • 2014

    BASCA Gold Badge Award

  • 2006

    AoC Gold Awards

  • 2006

    BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - Best Live Act