Entertainment Hive 2017

Loren Kate strips back her music and her attire

By Honey B

Adelaide musician Loren Kate bares all through her music and she will be baring all in her Garden of Unearthly Delights performance, The Nude. Kate says she decided to perform sans clothes after chatting to some friends. "I wanted to do something a bit different to my WOMADelaide show and I was joking around with some friends when I said that I should perform in the nude,'' she explains. "We all laughed and then I went home and that night as I was lying in bed I started to think that I would really like to perform naked. "But I don't want to perform in a gimmicky way, but in a beautiful way.'' Kate says her songs lend themselves to this type of performance. "My songs are really quite intimate and quite raw. I thought to represent my music nudity is perfect because my music is stripped down to where you have nothing to hide. "The songs are all written from a place of deep honesty.'' The brave 29 year old Adelaide Hills muso's body will be partly painted by local artist Brighde Taylor from Love Birdy Art and joining her on-stage will be artist Raphaela Mazzone. "On-stage it will be just me, my guitar and a live painter doing a painting and capturing the energy of the room on the canvas. "Raphaela will set up next to me and she will have a big canvas in front of her and she'll splash some colours on and we will see what happens. "I thought Raphaela was the perfect person to paint at the show because she has just come off of doing a project called 365 Days where she did a painting a day and she's really incredible and she's also from Adelaide.'' Kate's latest studio album, Moving On, was produced by Paul McKercher and it follows a successful crowd funding campaign where $16,000 was raised by fans. "It was pretty amazing and nerve-wracking doing the crowd funding for the album and not knowing if anyone would get behind it. "It was that extra support from the fans that was so amazing and gave me that boost for me to know that I must be on the right track with music. "I was at this point in my life where I was feeling that maybe music wasn't what I should be doing and I should just focus on being a mother and that be it. So it was really nice for that support to come out and give me that extra force.'' Kate, who has been cooling off with the kids at the Mylor waterhole, believes everyone looks better naked. "It's nice to see a body that is normal and not perfect - after childbirth I have core muscles that will never return!'' Loren Kate, The Nude, Adelaide Fringe, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Paradiso Spiegeltent, February 24, 8.45pm. Bookings: Fringetix 1300 621 255
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