Cathie Rae will present a new monthly magazine programme called Cathie Rae’s Happening on JLR. Cathie Rae is a critically acclaimed singer originally from Scotland and now living in London with her long time partner, of 16 years, Julian Argüelles.
Cathie is the eldest of six talented siblings who made their mark on the Scottish music scene and she was brought up surrounded by jazz – her father being a jazz bassist (Ronnie Rae), her mother a music teacher and her step mother the renowned jazz singer Fionna Duncan. Cathie’s influences come through many genres including jazz, rock and folk. She gained qualifications in piano, violin and voice whilst at school and also studied in New York with jazz legends Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy and Jay Clayton. She has released five CDs as a leader: Time Out – 2002, Flow – 2005, Back to the Mother – Duo CD 2012 and, most recent, Lucky with her band Cat’s Club – 2013. The later albums include many of Cathie’s own songs and her band Cat’s Club completed a tour of Scotland over 17 consecutive dates at the end of 2014.
Her fans include crime author Ian Rankin and her version of “Almost Blue”, by Elvis Costello, was voted favourite version on his fan site. She has also received support and praise from established UK singers Ian Shaw, Tina May and Christine Tobin.
Cathie is also an organiser with a wealth of experience over the past 25 years in tour management and fund raising in the arts. She was a driving force on the Scottish jazz scene for many years as well as a director on the Jazz Services board chairing their Touring panel for many years.She will run the British Stand at Jazzahead in Germany 2015 on behalf of Jazz Services.