Billy Rain

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This folk/jazz rock group was built around enigmatic female vocalist Cat, who began her career singing jazz standards in clubs across southern England after travelling down from her native Northumberland.…
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This folk/jazz rock group was built around enigmatic female vocalist Cat, who began her career singing jazz standards in clubs across southern England after travelling down from her native Northumberland. Her co-members were Pete Evans (b. Wales), a self-taught guitarist, Pat Tedi (b. Somerset, England), a former despatch rider and the group’s second guitarist, and bass player and acoustic guitarist Pete Scott (b. Oxfordshire, England). Evans is the first chain in the group’s songwriting process, delivering basic chords and rhythms to which Cat adds lyrics and melodies. Their sound, which they themselves christened ‘acoustic pop’ or ‘torch ballad’, was first aired on a lengthy 1994 UK tour in support of Brian Kennedy. These dates were used to promote their debut album, Salad Days, released in October 1994 through Charlie Gillett’s Oval Records. It followed hot on the heels of their debut single, June’s ‘On Top Of The World’.