Kitt Philippa searches for grace, and the luminous, in words met with music.
Although raised on classical, their songs are strangely urban and often conveyed with digital sleight. An organ scholar and an experimentalist, KP plays piano, guitar, clarinet, prayer bowl and bicycle wheel. The songs may often reflect perilous times yet in so doing, KP takes us out of ourselves and into the most rarefied state. On a song like ‘Human’ the listener is being willed to be close, to rediscover that most beautiful denominator. “Times are troubling,” and while “…there’s an acknowledgement of that pain, somehow hope tries to rouse you. The 2018 emergence of Kitt Philippa with new single ‘Human’, has seen them win the 'Single of the Year' at the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2018, while follow up single 'Grace' has been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), RTE 2FM, Today FM, Hotpress, The Line of Best Fit and Nialler 9.
Kitt Philippa joins us in the IMRO Other Room at this year's Other Voices.