This Is The Kit


This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris, though the heart of their musical community remains in Bristol, UK. Kate sings, plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion, while a cast of carefully hand-plucked friends deliver guitar strums, banjo plucks, hushed horns and electronic textures that sit beneath Stables’ easy, earnest lilt. Her long time collaborator and regular live companion Jesse Vernon produced the album and contributes guitars, percussion, violin and percussion. While on tour, This is the Kit is a shape shifting entity ranging from a female duo with friend Rozi Plain to a psychedelia tinged five electric five-piece.

They’ll be touring the UK and Europe extensively over the rest of 2013. A particular focus will be Irish dates in celebration of their  appearance on Ireland’s Other Voices television program, curated by Aaron Dessner of The National. Dessner is also working with the band to produce the follow-up album to Wriggle Out the Restless, now being reissued by Aaron’s label Brassland.

“The aim is to have fun playing with people whose work I really like,” says Kate in her simple and direct fashion. “The more you exchange and share with people the better things get and the more you learn.” This is the Kit has or will be opening for artists such as Jose Gonzales, Jeffrey Lewis, The National, Alexi Murdoch, Iron & Wine and Jolie Holland, and was recently selected by Sharon Van Etten as her “Favorite New Artist” in an interview with Pitchfork.

“Songwriter Kate Stables has been an essential fixture of British folk music for the past 10 years.” – The Line of Best Fit