A letter from Kate Howden

News, musings and music from Kate

2020 has been a strange year. Separation from our families and friends, loss of jobs; a disconnect from what we had all thought was normal.

It is still a journey for all of us.

We have all seen at first-hand how the music industry and self-employed musicians have been severely hit with gigs cancelled, venues closed and sold, theatres, churches, community village halls, the places we used to play all affected. We’re now waiting to see what will happen next through the pandemic.

My fellow musicians have shown incredible resilience and creative resourcefulness during this time.


I am now in the third and final year of a fantastic Folk Degree Course at Leeds Conservatoire, working with amazing and inspiring tutors, Nancy Kerr, Evan Davies, Bryony Griffith, Jim Moray, Jacqueline Hynes and Rachael Sutcliffe, for which I am so grateful.

It is slightly tricky now that we are all singing and playing behind cardboard and plastic screens and wearing masks everywhere we go!

I live on a narrowboat in West Yorkshire and continue to be massively inspired by nature and the environment around me. Part of my work is a practice research project and I’m currently gathering ideas, stories, tunes, photographs, artwork and interviews, looking into the history of contemporary canal life.

Album news

For the past 18 months I have been working on a new album with producer Callum Lewis, which will be finished in 2021. We’ve been recording virtually and have worked in collaboration with some amazing new musicians in the virtual music world, a very difference experience in music creation.



Hear my music

Here are links to my You Tube Channel and Spotify page where you can hear some of my music…

Take care of everyone,
I hope to see you again, somewhere soon, even if it is on a towpath at a 2-metre distance!!


howden's lowden

‘Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (voice, guitar, mandolin, bodhran), Kate Howden has been entertaining audiences across the UK throughout her career as both a soloist, in collaboration, and as part of the celebrated acoustic duo howdenjones. With her highly acclaimed performances displaying genuine warmth and subtle style in equal measure, Kate’s heartfelt music and song-writing is rooted in a love of nature, people and place, her songs and tunes reflect and explore both contemporary and traditional styles’.