Kadia is an acoustic trio from Bournemouth in Dorset performing a mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs. They combine cello, fingerstyle guitar, ukulele and mandolin with three part harmony to create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history, drama, and storytelling. Their debut album, East of Alexandria, made the Telegraph list of top folk albums of 2015, calling it a record “full of unexpected surprises”, and it was nominated for a Fatea award alongside Stick in the Wheel. The album has been well received and positively reviewed in publications including Shirefolk, and Fatea Magazine who said that this was “an album of promises fulfilled”.
Kadia have performed on Main stage 2 at Cambridge Folk Festival alongside La Vent du Nord, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, and Wildwood Kin. This adds to an ever increasing list of respected festivals including Priddy Folk Festival, Love Folk Festival, and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. Kadia have had the opportunity to support Gilmore and Roberts, The Willows, Moulettes, Nizlopi, Jackie Oates, Jim Moray, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, Jess Vincent, and Ninebarrow among others.
In 2017 the band released the Outlandish Collection EP, later nominated for a Fatea award. The project delivered fresh contemporary arrangements of four traditional songs and three tunes drawn together into a new tune set.
“Kadia have ensured that traditional music remains, live, vibrant and most important, relevant.” – Neil King, Fatea Magazine
“Holds up against anything released by any of the major players in the British folk scene.” – Ange Hardy and Rob Swan, Northern Sky
“Should you want to hear the English folk tradition in rude health and performed by a band that not only understands its art but delivers exactly as promised, this is one for you. The musicianship is as tight as ever, the arrangements are all they should be and the performance wholly engaging from start to finish.” – Tim Carroll, FolkWords
Kadia will be collaborating with Said the Maiden at the festival.
Kadia is a past nominee for two Fatea Awards:
2015 Debut Album of the Year for ‘East of Alexandria’
2017 Single/EP/Mini Album of the Year for ‘The Outlandish Collection’