Singer and songwriter Pete Morton has been touring the folk circuits of Europe, North America and beyond since the late eighties. With his energetic and passionate style of performance, he brings together his love of the tradition with contemporary social commentary. His song ‘Another Train’ has been widely covered by choirs, bands and solo artists around the world. The Guardian described him as “Not only original, but a revelation”. Mojo magazine wrote, “fiercely creative, proudly independent and terminally unpredictable!” Perfect addition to KARA then!
In Ben Honey’s own words:
“After three years and two albums with KARA, work and home commitments as well as relocation plans have meant that it is sadly time to hang up my boots.
It has been a sheer delight travelling on the creative journey with my talented band mates who will continue to enchant audiences with musical tales of light and dark from worlds real and imagined.
I am delighted that Pete Morton, a successful artist in his own right, is now fully committed to continuing the onward momentum for KARA.
He is a brilliant musician and storyteller and anyone who wears a velvet jacket with such style and panache has the exact quirkiness that defines KARA.
I have been asked whether I can continue to write songs for KARA and I am delighted to have been asked and look forward to doing so. I wish KARA – Daria Kulesh, Pete Morton, Phil Underwood and Kate Rouse – every success.”
Following their acclaimed debut Waters So Deep – named by The Telegraph as one of the Best Folk Albums of 2014, the “unique and innovative folk quartet” KARA released their second album – Some Other Shore – in June 2016 with a UK tour. The new record has had amazing reviews so far:
“KARA set the bar pretty high with their debut album… So, have they lived up to their promise? Absolutely! There is a new sophistication and a feeling of cohesion to the music” (Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine)
“Some Other Shore shows just how far the band has come since their debut album, and just how far they will clearly go” (Tim Carroll, FolkWords)
“I have every faith that this gathering of interesting and talented people will be huge on the folk scene very shortly!” (Tamsin Rosewell, Radio Warwickshire)
“A fine album by a band that deserve much wider recognition” (Mike Davies, Folking.com)
The Russian-born lead vocalist Daria Kulesh has “one of the most refined and enjoyable voices around”, backed by an “interesting and strikingly different” combination of instruments: hammered dulcimer (Kate Rouse), melodeon (Phil Underwood) and guitar (Ben Honey, to be replaced by Pete Morton in 2017). Fusing original material with Russian and British folk for a rich mix of songs and tunes, “the quartet bring something completely different to folk music as we know it.” (Bright Young Folk)