Former Delgados singer Emma Pollock views Kate Bush as one of the most inspiring voices of contemporary music.
Which is why when approached by True North organisers to curate a celebration of a female artist there was only one choice.
A host of musicians will pay homage to the legendary artist in Running Up That Hill – A Celebration of Kate Bush at His Majesty’s Theatre on Sunday.
Pollock will be joined by musicians such as Karine Polwart, Roddy Hart, Kathryn Joseph and Kathryn Williams with each playing solo renditions of songs.
Pollock said: “Earlier this year I was invited to curate a celebration of a female artist at this year’s True North Festival.
“I have been a fan of Kate Bush since I was a child and she remains, I believe, one of the most important and inspiring writers and voices in contemporary music.”
The format was a huge success at the inaugural True North last year with Pollock playing in Long May You Run, a tribute to Neil Young.
Bush played a 22-show run at Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. It was the first shows she had played in 35 years.
Following those ‘Before The Dawn’ shows, the 58-year-old admitted it could be ‘a while’ before she performs live again.
For Pollock, Bush’s reclusive nature makes this show all the more vital. For many Bush fans it could be the closest they get to seeing classics like Wuthering Heights and Babushka played live.
“Given how rarely Kate Bush plays live, I thought it would be a lovely chance to take these classic songs to the stage,” said Pollock, who recently released third solo album In Search Of Harperfield.
“With the most wonderful collection of musicians and artists I look forward to doing just that.”
Also performing from Bush’s phenomenal catalogue, which concluded with 2011’s 50 Words For Snow, are Rachel Sermanni, Bdy_Prts,
Peter Brewis of Field Music and Twighlight Sad’s James Graham. Bush’s material is forever changing, often challenging, which is a path Scottish singer songwriter Karine Polwart has also taken, particularly with acclaimed album Traces.
Polwart said: “I’m drawn to music that is willing to deal with the full range of human experience.
“Music that is not just about romance and happiness, it’s about family and grief and loss and cruelty and all those things.
“That’s been a big influence on the kind of writing I want to do because it doesn’t shy away from tricky issues. That’s very typical of my genre of music and I was happy to go there.”
True North begins tonight with a performance by Mercury Prize nominated Laura Mvula at His Majesty’s Theatre. The same venue welcomes former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley tomorrow.
Mercury Prize nominated Scottish singer C Duncan plays The Lemon Tree tomorrow.
The Tivoli hosts a rare live show on Saturday with King Creosote performing. That same night LoneLady Plays The Lemon Tree. Glasgow ‘riot grrrls’ Honeyblood play Lemon Tree on Sunday.