Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are a British five-piece band fronted by the siblings of the Durham family. Their music is influenced heavily by R&B, Blues, Soul, Punk, Rock and Roll and West-Indian music. They are all multi-instrumentalists playing guitar, piano, bass, drums, harmonica, banjo, lapsteel guitar, ukulele, xylophone, accordion and more between them.
Kitty Durham is the youngest of the group and primarily sings and plays drums, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and banjo. Daisy Durham, the eldest, primarily sings and plays drums, piano, accordion and xylophone. Lewis Durham sings and plays guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel and drums. The band are renowned for building their own recording studio, which consists of mostly vintage analogue equipment. Their first two albums were recorded in the back room of their mother's house. In 2011 they began building their professional recording studio in Camden Town, where they recorded "The Third" (2015) and upcoming album "Superscope" (2017). Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have sold over a quarter of a million records world wide.
The band are signed to BBC Radio 1 DJ and Bestival curator Rob da Bank's label, Sunday Best, who released their second single "Mean Son of a Gun", a song originally cut by Johnny Horton in the 1950s, with the B-side "Ooo Wee" which they first heard on a 78rpm record sung by Louis Jordan. This was released on 45rpm, CD and a limited edition 78rpm vinyl. The tracks were recorded at home. The vinyl was also cut by Lewis using his own equipment at The Exchange Mastering Studios, which is owned and run by his father Graeme.
On 30 May 2011, Smoking in Heaven was released on CD and vinyl (double LP and 78rpm album), also on Sunday Best. On 26 January 2015, "Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third" was released. The band are set to release their fourth album "Superscope" in September 2017.
They played the main stage at Bestival in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well as playing four times at Glastonbury in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2015. They have featured in Vogue and performed on Blue Peter. The band featured in the 2008 documentary We Dreamed America about the influence of American roots music on British musicians.
When performing live, their parents, Graeme Durham and Ingrid Weiss play guitar and bass. Graeme Durham is a founding member and mastering engineer at The Exchange recording studios in London, and Ingrid Weiss is the former drummer of The Raincoats and was encouraged to play the bass by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. Legendary Jamaican trumpeter Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton has played on all live shows since 2008 and featured on most records.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis were one of the opening acts in North America for Coldplay's Viva La Vida Tour.
They were featured in the 2009 Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany, and Lowlands in the Netherlands. In July 2010 they played on Thursday night of Latitude Festival in the Cinema Tent in a Blues Brothers themed night. In August 2010 they played Belladrum Tartanheart Festival. In August 2011 they opened for Phish at The Gorge outside of Seattle, Washington and on the first of July 2012, they played at the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium.
The band appears in the 2009 film Last Chance Harvey, playing their song "Mean Son of a Gun". They appear in the German film Dinosaurier. This also featured four of their songs from the debut album.
Their 2008 self-titled album received a positive review from The Times, who said "the vibe is irresistible". Their singles "(Baby) Hold Me Tight" and "Buggin' Blues" were released on 15 December 2008. "Going Up the Country" was also used in the closing credits of Welcome to the Rileys and in the film Beautiful Kate.
Appeared on Live from Daryl's House, 28 May 2015.
- A–Z of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis: The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll (2007, compilation album featuring one song by the trio)
- Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (2008, Sunday Best) UK No. 149
- Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (2009, DH Records, US only)
- Smoking in Heaven (2011) UK No. 145, AUS No. 96
- The Third (2015) AUS No. 82
- "Honolulu Rock and Roll" (2005)
- "Mean Son of a Gun" (2006)
- "Going Up the Country" (2008)
- "(Baby) Hold Me Tight" (2008)
- "I'm So Sorry" / "I'm Going Back" (2011)
- "Messing with My Life" (2011)
- "Don't Make a Fool Out of Me" (2011)
- "Baby Bye Bye" (2015)
- "No Action" (2015)
- "Feeling Of Wonder" / "Whenever You See Me" (2015)
- Harris, Sophie (2008) "Kitty, Daisy & Lewis" (review), The Times, 26 July 2008
- "The Official UK Albums Chart for the week ending 9 August 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (363): 5–8.
- "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 20th June 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. 20 June 2011. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
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