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Kate follows in dad's footsteps to... Dartmouth

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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ACCLAIMED jazz singer Kate Dimbleby re-visits the songs of a 70s icon on her latest tour, which comes to The Flavel, Dartmouth, tomorrow.

She teams up with pianist Naadia Sheriff for the tour, Beware of Young Girls: The Songs of Dory Previn.

Kate, who is the daughter of broadcaster David Dimbleby, is enjoying taking a loving look at the lyricist's life and the music which marked it.

"It's quite grown up material and deals with love, loss and relationships," said Kate (pictured).

"In the 70s, Dory was a cult figure and had a big following, but that's faded. It's exciting that as we're reviving her material there's a whole raft of fans emerging who love her music which get to the heart."

Kate is also thrilled the album, which has the same name as the tour, has recently been chosen as one of Sunday Times Top Ten Jazz Records of 2012.

"We're really chuffed it's made it to the Top Ten as it's an independently produced album and we're up there with Diana Krall, which is pretty amazing," said Kate. "It's a lovely surprise and I'm glad Dory's music is getting another airing."

Kate is looking forward to heading to Devon as she knows the area well.

"My grandparents always lived in Dittisham ever since I was born and so did my great aunt, so all our family holidays were down that way," she said. "So it's nice to be coming down. My dad has done a lot of work in Dartmouth, but I've never performed there."

With her father in the limelight as the host of Question Time and her mother as a classically trained singer, it came as no surprise she was going to follow in their footsteps.

"I should have run in the opposite direction," she said in jest when talking about her career as a jazz singer.

"Performing is in the genes, but I do feel I have done my own thing and am on my own path with singing."

When she's not recording or touring, she's looking after her two children Aimee, seven, and Lila, four.

"I've learnt to keep my career at a level which works for me and I feel lucky to be able to do that," she said.

"I'm not touring seven nights a week, if I was I do think it would be very hard on them.

"I keep my work manageable, but it's always going to be a juggling act.

"My seven-year-old daughter is showing worrying signs of following in my footsteps. She's already entered herself into various talent competitions. You can't stop her, though, as it's in her mettle and make up."

In Kate's career she has enjoyed great success in the jazz music world and has sold out the Festival Hall and toured internationally and she's devised numerous shows.

Her second album, Ain't This Cosy, inspired by the life and Music of Peggy Lee, was acclaimed and she went on to do a sell out tour of her one woman show Fever!

As well as releasing the original album Things As They Are she also devised a new cabaret show I'm A Woman, a celebration of all the women singers who have inspired her.

"I never made a conscious choice when it comes to singing and jazz, my voice just suited it," said Kate. "At school other students went into choral scholarships, I was never going to go that way.

"I think my voice was more about expressing myself as there's a soulful element in there.

"Jazz is about getting the truth in the voice and singing out a story."

In the spring, Kate will also be on our TV screens in the Nick Murphy thriller Blood starring Paul Bettany, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham.

Kate appears in a party scene as a singer.

"It was a great experience to be on a film set, but I always used to think people were lying when they said being on a film set wasn't glamorous, but now I know they are telling the truth," she joked.

"There is so much waiting around then you have your five seconds of fame. We were on set with Paul Bettany and other well known actors and it gave me a new respect for them and how they work."

Beware of Young Girls: The Songs of Dory Previn will start at 8pm.

For tickets call 01803 839530 or visit www.theflavel.org.uk

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