Katie Harkin

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Katie Harkin
Katie Harkin sitting in white and beige room.jpg
Background information
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboards
Years active2005–present
Associated actsSky Larkin, Wild Beasts, Living Body, Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett

Katie Harkin (born 12 April 1986) is an English musician and songwriter originally from Leeds.[1] She is best known as the guitarist of Sky Larkin[2] and as a touring member with Courtney Barnett, Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts.[3]


Harkin was a founding member of Sky Larkin from 2005 to 2014, performing guitar, keyboards and vocals while acting as the band's main songwriter.[4] She formed the band while attending university with her childhood friend Nestor Matthews.[5] The group released two singles on Dance To The Radio[6] and three albums on Wichita Recordings.[7]

In 2011 Harkin toured with Wild Beasts[3] in support of their album Smother and composed the score for 2016 Turner Prize winner Helen Martin's CGI animation Dust and Piranhas for The Serpentine Gallery in London.[8]

Beginning in 2015, she was a touring member of Sleater-Kinney, appearing on their live album Live in Paris.[9]

In 2016, Harkin worked with Waxahatchee on their album Out in the Storm, performing on the album and also contributing to some of the songwriting process.[10]

In 2017, Harkin toured with Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett in their backing band to promote their album Lotta Sea Lice.[11][12] She also soundtracked British comedian Josie Long's podcast All Of The Planet's Wonders Shown In Detail the same year.[13]

In 2018, Harkin toured with Courtney Barnett in her backing band in the USA and Europe to promote her album Tell Me How You Really Feel.[14]


  1. ^ "Meet Katie Harkin, Sleater-Kinney's new (touring) member".
  2. ^ "Meet Katie Harkin, Sleater-Kinney's Touring Fourth Member". 12 March 2015. Archived from the original on 4 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Katie Harkin talks new solo project Harkin, and playing in Sleater-Kinney's live band". DIY. Archived from the original on 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ Chapman, Daniel (30 October 2015). ""I Can Let My Own Ambitions Be Small & Weird" — Katie Harkin". The City Talking. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Interview: Nestor Matthews of Sky Larkin". www.theregoesthefear.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Sky Larkin - Molten".
  7. ^ "Wichita Recordings - Shop - Sky Larkin". Wichita Recordings. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Park Nights: Helen Marten's Dust and Piranhas". Archived from the original on 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Sleater-Kinney - Live In Paris". Discogs. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Waxahatchee Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song "Silver": Watch | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett Touring Together This Fall, Collaboration LP Out Later This Year – Matablog". matablog.matadorrecords.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  12. ^ "See Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett's Deadpan 'Over Everything' Video". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  13. ^ "All Of The Planet's Wonders Shown In Detail". www.stitcher.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Courtney Barnett, Albert Hall, Manchester review - mesmerising indie-rock set". theartsdesk.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.