The original "iTunes sensation" Kate Walsh remains one of my favourite folk artists. Now taking an indefinite break from recording and performing, the work she created has a timeless beauty. It was a real pleasure to film her performing tracks over several years and this, the first video we shot with her, remains quite personal to me.
In 2009, Matthew Burton and I had been making videos with The Answering Machine in Manchester. Their manager passed on our details to Kate's manager Jonathan Morley who was looking for a video. I had just moved from Manchester to a tiny room in London and this seemed like a perfect first project to take on.
I got Matt down too and his university friend Glen Milner came along to help us light and operate the camera (he also brought half of his vintage bedroom). Glen and I still make films together now, Matt has since joined the military. We rented a tiny dolly, used my HDV camera and the three little lights I had over an afternoon at the Old Queens Head in Islington.
I cut it on an old PC in my tiny bedroom. I messed up all of the codec settings and the colour is awful. Its one of those that I'll go back to and refinish when I'm retired...
I handed over the tape to Kate and she went stellar, playing on US TV chat shows and having her music featured everywhere. When she signed to SonyBMG, Jonathan and Kate kindly arranged for us to be reimbursed and paid properly for our video. I immediately put my share into buying my first proper editing mac pro and haven't looked back. I've always really appreciated that.