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All the best: Singer Katie Richardson's favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 28-year-old from Belfast is formerly the lead singer of local band Katie and the Carnival and has recently launched her new music project, Goldie Fawn.

My best moment

For 2014 it was certainly launching Goldie Fawn. Starting a new band was something I’d wanted to do for a while and building up the nerve to finally do it was brilliant. I put a call out online for bandmates and the people who got back to me are the ones who have made the whole process amazing. They’re a joy to work and play with.

My best song

That definitely changes depending on my mood. At the moment I’m listening to a song called Youth by the band Daughter. I love the lyrics and its very atmospheric — I tend to listen to ethnic or atmospheric music in the winter.

There’s another song that I’m obsessed with at the minute called King and Cross, by an Icelandic musician called Asgeir. I’ve gotten really into Icelandic music recently as it’s very experimental and electronic. It’s something I’m trying to do with Goldie Fawn, too.

My best way to relax

I love hiking and going for walks. Anything that involves being outdoors, camping or travelling. I’m also a big fan of yoga and I love going to my friend’s studio in town.

My best piece of advice

The things that scare you the most are the things worth doing the most. I find that creative people are very good at passing advice along to each other and I know lots of great people who are very inspiring. I think that advice has been given to me in different ways by different people over the years. We constantly keep each other going with pep talks.

My best job

I went travelling for a couple of years after school and then started working as an actor with a theatre company in Belfast.

Then I started writing music for the plays I was in and after that I began getting involved with bands when I was about 20. My favourite part of being creative is writing music. I still do a lot for theatre and I love making something out of nothing.

I’m very much into collaboration and that’s what I’m doing as part of the Out To Lunch Festival. A group of us collaborated a while ago in The Last Waltz and that included Gerry Anderson. We’re going to recreate the event in his memory for the festival.

My best gift

This Christmas my friend Bridgeen gave me a home-made advent calendar so each day in December I got a little gift and a quote to go with it. It was so thoughtful and I was so busy and stressed out in December that it really kept me going. I got lots of different things from it, but the best was a carnival mask from New Orleans, as she’s just come back from America.

My best achievement

When I was 19 I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with no training or preparation whatsoever. I was travelling in Africa and some of my friends were doing it so I decided I would, too. It was really difficult but it taught me a lot about perseverance and determination. No one thought I would actually do it — including me — but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. I can’t recommend it to anyone enough — you get to see the most incredible landscapes that you won’t see anywhere else.

My best buy

Flights to anywhere. I love travelling and I have never regretted spending money on flights, even if it doesn’t go right and you have a bad experience. I’ve had some of the best times of my life travelling.

My best film

I don’t watch lots of movies but I love anything by Wes Anderson because of his wonderful attention to detail. I also love the documentary Man On Wire about the guy who walked the tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center before they fell. The film was all about passion and living life to the max.

My best book

I love reading but find it really hard to get the time to do it. I read lots of different types of books, but my favourite book is called Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. It’s beautifully written and it’s all about creativity and not worrying about what other people are thinking.

  • Katie will be taking part in Such A Night — A Last Waltz for Gerry at the Black Box this Saturday, January 10, at 8pm as part of the Out To Lunch Festival. For tickets and information go to

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