Katrina (From Katrina and the Waves)
Thursday 29th November 2018 - Starts 8pm
TICKET PRICE: £17 seated, £15 standing
Katrina Leskanich, owner of the infectious, melodic and powerful voice behind two of the world’s best-loved tunes – ‘Walking On Sunshine’ and ‘Love Shine A Light’ – will be bringing new songs and old to Ropetackle.
Early booking recommended.
Born in the U.S., Katrina grew up with the West Coast sound (Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Heart). In 1976, she moved to the UK, where a few years later, Katrina, together with fellow American and future Wave, Vince de la Cruz, formed the band Mama’s Cookin’.
As a singer, Katrina was inspired by Motown and girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles. In 1983 Katrina and Vince joined The Waves (a Cambridge based band with ex Soft Boy, Kimberley Rew) and she picked up on some of their musical influences such as Etta James, Velvet Underground and the Stones. That band became Katrina and the Waves in 1983.
The band’s first album Walking on Sunshine was released on an independent label in Canada. Katrina and The Waves toured Canada in 1984 and released a follow up album Katrina & The Waves 2. Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song ‘Going Down to Liverpool’. This drew attention to the group and lead to an international deal with Capitol Records.
The first album was later re-recorded and remixed by Scott Litt who went on to produce REM and Nirvana. Litt produced ‘Walking on Sunshine’ – it was his idea to add the drum intro which made it irresistible to radio DJs. The first Capitol album, Katrina & The Waves released in 1985, was a substantial critical and commercial success and ‘Walking on Sunshine was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe and a Grammy nomination for ‘Best New Artist’. Since then, the song has been broadcasted over 2,500,000 times in the U.S. and was the highest played track on radio in the summer of 2008 – 23 years after its release.
In 1997 Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Love Shine a Light’ won the Eurovision Song Contest with the largest ever margin, followed by an unprecedented four consecutive appearances on Top of The Pops and a No.3 in the UK Charts.
Katrina split from The Waves and released her first solo album, ‘Katrina Leskanich’ in 2005. Katrina wrote and produced many of the songs on the album, which includes collaborations with Phil Thornalley, (‘Torn’) and an acoustic cover of Kirsty MacColl’s ‘They Don’t Know’ and in 2007 Katrina covered ‘Hitsville UK’ on The Sandinista! Project – a new compilation and tribute to The ClashSandinista! Album
Katrina celebrated the 25th Anniversary of ‘Walking on Sunshine’ in 2010 with the release of a new CD, The Live Album.