Kitt Philippa who formerly went under the name Katharine Philippa has released new music for the first time in over two years. Previously, the Belfast-based artist stunned me with a cover of four Justin Bieber songs in one.

Philippa is very talented and thoughtful singer and musician who performs in an open and honest way, unburdened by external pressure and it shows. There’s a sense of deliberation that follows through onto the tracks. Most recently, a name change from Katharine Philippa to Kitt Philippa gave the artist a greater sense of non-binary neutrality.

‘Humans’ sees the Northern Irish singer explore the complexities with that sensibility. The track features a slight change in direction with a more prominent pop-production than previous releases such as her 2013 EP ‘Broken To Be Rebuilt’. Yet, nothing has been sacrificed in terms of message and substance.

“Times are troubling,” says Philippa and while “…there’s an acknowledgement of that pain, somehow hope tries to rouse you.”

Posted on May 24th, 2018

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Katharine Philippa is one of my favourite Irish artists and one of the most talented I’ve seen play live.

She’s created an excellent mashup cover before this one takes four of Bieber’s songs from his new album Purpose, ‘What Do You Mean’ / ‘Love Yourself’ / ‘I’ll Show You’ / ‘Sorry’ and turns it into a beautifully-sung and arranged tribute to some great pop songs.

Posted on January 19th, 2016


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The Northern Irish musician Edward F Butler has teamed up with one of my favourites Katharine Philippa (she plays her Dublin alongside Hare Squead and Attention Bebe this Friday at Minimum Maximum) on a new track called ‘Futures Full’.

Philippa offers a counterpoint to Butler’s big vocal here (sounding a bit like McMorrow) and the duet aspect gives the song’s atmospheric piano-lead arrangement an extra edge.


‘Running From Fears’
‘Bank Heist Debut’\
Watch the uber-talented Katharine Philippa perform at TEDx Stormont

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

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Happenings and Nialler9 are teaming up once again for a series of Friday afterwork gigs under the Minimum Maximum banner happening at the outdoor amphitheatre at the Civic Offices at Wood Quay in the city over three Fridays in August and September. Each gig is €5 on the door and runs from 6:30pm to 9pm. The first one is next Friday!


I Have A Tribe
Stomptown Brass
Saint Sister


Katharine Philippa


+ Guests to be announced.

Facebook event

Full info and links on

These are non-alcoholic events – please do not bring alcohol onto the premises as it jeopardises the opportunity to put a gig on in public spaces in future. Thank you. With thanks to Dublin City Council.

Posted on August 19th, 2015


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Last year, Katharine Philippa released an EP of idiosyncratic chamber pop brilliance, but she doesn’t perform live that often. She has a gig coming up in Belfast as part of Creative Belfast’s Output gigs next week (Nialler9 is cohosting a show too) but to get a sense of what an individual talent Katharine is, watch her perform two songs at TEDx Stormont recently. Stunning stuff.


Posted on October 7th, 2014


A few weeks ago Generator NI announced Output’s daytime  series of talks with names like Andrew WK and Tom Robinson taking part. Today, they’ve announced the series of free night gigs for which Nialler9 is teaming up with Belfast magazine The Thin Air in the Black Box with Dublin electronic disco tune of the year contenders Ships,  Derry noisy pop man Autumns, Dublin electronic duo Contour, and Cork’s gazey-rock band The Altered Hours. Our amazing poster is by Stephen Maurice Graham.

But that’s not all that’s on, there are also names like Best Boy Grip, Slowplacelikehome, Ryan Vail, Rosie Carney, Team RKT, Silences,  Katharine Philippa and two go bands – Go Swim and Go Wolf among others playing on 10 stages that night. You can register for daytime events at

Night Lineup

Venue / time8pm8.30pm9pm9.30pm10pm10.30pm11pm11.30pmHosts
Black Box CaféSlow Place Like HomeCiaran LaveryRyan VailPortsElectric Mainline / Smalltown America Music
Black BoxAutumnsShipsContourAltered HoursThe Thin Air / Nialler 9
White’s TavernLipstik LizardsWhite Male ActorsTeam RKTFurther Education Colleges / Broken Melody Records
Duke of YorkIn An InstantCallum StewartHurdlesMore Than ConquerorsOld Fang / Sentric
The Harp BarAmanda St JohnBernadette MorrisOwen McGarryTriona CarvilleIMRO / Real Music Club
Oh Yeah CentreGo SwimGoldie FawnTravis is a TouristOh VolcanoFriday Night Mashup / PRS
The SpaniardJessica DohertyBest Boy GripRosie CarneyJanet DevlinNerve Centre / Honeycomb – Creative Works
McHugh’sJess EdlinKatharine PhilippaRobocobraSilencesBig Space Studio / SARC
Aether & EchoViola DustThe ClameensGo WolfDavid C ClementsGenerator NI / Third Bar
VoodooExit Pursued by BearJoshua BurnsideMichael MormechaEmerald ArmadaFourAcre Music / Forfey
The SunflowerFarriersMeb Jon SolRobyn G ShielsArboristFolk and Tumble / Start Together Studios


Posted on September 30th, 2014


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Katharine Philippa is one of the most interesting new artists to appear from Northern Ireland in the last few years. Witness her performance of ‘Broken to Be Rebuilt’ in St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for example. Recordings were scant til now but her new EP, also titled the Broken to be Rebuilt EP should help her in the recognition department.

That Philippa impressed at a church organ is not surprising, her music is elegant, acoustically-resonant, atmospheric. Her voice is expressive, reaching and brandishes significant ardency. “The world has become dulled and I can’t feel anything,” she sings on ‘Hosanna’, the EP’s opening track, addressing God, presaging a rousing howl of voices crying out to be rescued.

There’s anguish. “You hit this heart like a drumbeat,” Philippa sings on ‘Nightingale’, as piano chords rumble against percussive hits. ‘Pawns’ also rumbles, with abrasive industrial noise and piano tussling under a “pawns” sample and heartbreak “The queen / queen of hearts / Left me with clubs and spades / and I fold.”

There’s heartbreak and desolation on the title track which is reprised in orchestral quartet form to end the release. And it really does feel like a release, of Philippa’s experiences and emotions. But there’s also hope. ‘Home’ finds graceful flight in a rising piano melody, and letting it all out in such a spectacular fashion is cathartic for Philippa and lucky for us.

Download the EP At Bandcamp – I did.

Posted on November 7th, 2013


Podcast artwork by 400 Facts. Podcast artwork by 400 Facts.

Just in time for Summah, it’s the latest podcast featuring a solo run from me (Aoife is a bizzy lady at the moment). 14 songs taken from recent and greatest releases this year and beyond.


Posted on June 16th, 2013

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Our auld Belfast pal Will McConnell’s Bandwidth Sessions shot this video of who he describes as “the greatest new artist from Northern Ireland” Katharine Philippa performing ‘Broken To Be Rebuilt’ on the piano in St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Stunning performance.

She plays Other Voices Derry next weekend.

Katharine on Facebook / Bandcamp / Soundcloud

Posted on January 31st, 2013