Kate Rusby

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Folk Singer
Date of Birth December 4, 1973
Place of Birth England
Age 46 years old
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Kate Rusby

Kate Anna Rusby is an English folk singer-songwriter from Penistone, Barnsley. Sometimes called the "Barnsley Nightingale", she has headlined various British national folk festivals, and is one of the best known contemporary English folk singers. In 2001 The Guardian described her as "a superstar of the British acoustic scene." In 2007 the BBC website described her as "The first lady of young folkies". She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Birth name: Kate Anna Rusby
Born: December 4, 1973, Barnsley, England
Origin: Cawthorne, Barnsley, England
Genres: English folk music
Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter
Instruments: Guitar, vocals, piano
Years active: 1992–present
Labels: Pure Records
Associated acts: Damien O'Kane, The Poozies
Website: Kate Rusby's Official site
IMDb: Kate Rusby's IMDb

About Kate Rusby

One of the most well known British folk singers of her generation, she released the number two-ranked UK indie folk album Awkward Annie (2007) and numerous other solo recordings. She also scored a top ten UK singles hit with "All Over Again," a duet with Ronan Keating.

Before Fame

In her early years, she fronted a Celtic band called The Poozies and went on to record with her friend and fellow folk vocalist Kathryn Roberts. Rusby released her debut solo album, Hourglass, in 1997.


In 1999, she was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for her album Sleepless. She also performed with a folk band called Equation.

Family Life

A native of Barnsley, England, she grew up in a musical family. After divorcing Scottish musician John McCusker, she married Northern Irish guitarist and banjo player Damien O'Kane and welcomed daughters named Daisy and Phoebe.


She contributed the song "Wandering Soul" to the 2004 BBC documentary program Billy Connolly's World Tour of New Zealand.

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