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Biography of Cathie Rae

Cathie Rae is the eldest of a family of 6 talented Scottish Musicians which include her brother John of Celtic Feet and Brian Kellock Trio. Her father Ronnie is still one of the UK's best profession jazz bassist.
Cathie launched her debut CD "Time Out" (JBS01) on her own record label, Jazz Base Scotland, supporting jazz legend Sheila Jordan. A 20-date tour of Scotland followed supported by the Scottish Arts Council's pilot touring Scheme. The first jazz singer to be supported by this scheme. She then released the Rae Sisters EP, JBS02, both available via Jazz CDs.

Cathie's influences include singers such as Ricky Lee Jones, Chet Baker, Bob Dorough, Carmen McRae, Shirley Horne, Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson. She is confident, classy and equally comfortable with her trio featuring Graeme Scott (g) or fronting her fabulous sextet which features Paul Harrison (p) and Martin Kershaw (s) as well as some of the best young talent from Scotland.


Background

Cathie's past projects include: A Tribute to Chet Baker with BBC jazz award winner 2004 Colin Steele (CD available directly from Thick-Skinned Productions Ltd on +44(0)1620 861000) and her own quintet and sextet which feature some of the best young musicians in Scotland. She was brought up in the true jazz tradition by her jazz bass playing father and a mother who was a music teacher.

Cathie�s new CD, sponsored in part by the Scottish Arts Council, features Steve Hamilton and Martin Kershaw as well as bassist, Aidan O�Donnell, drummer John Blease and guitarist Graeme Scott and is again produced by her partner Julian Arguelles. She completed a 15 date UK tour in 2005 promoting the new CD and is planning to tour with guitarist Graeme Scott and pianist Paul Harrison from September 2006. She is also available for festival bookings throughout the UK and Europe.

Cathie has her own company, Thick-Skinned Productions Ltd(www.thick-skinned.com), manages the Fionna Duncan Vocal Jazz Workshops (www.fionnaduncan-workshops.co.uk) and is programme manager for Glasgow International Jazz Festival once again in 2007.



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