A KENDAL Folk-Pop artist has released her new single ‘Year Of The Cat’.

Holly Lovelady's most recent single follows her releases 'Oreanne' and 'A Spaceman Came Travelling' which accumulated a total of 140,000 streams on Spotify with her music reaching airwaves on various shows in the BBC Network.

Holly is back to release her next offering which is reimagining of the original ‘Year Of The Cat’ by Al Stewart first released in 1976.

Enamored by the beauty of the piano, references to 'Casa Blanca' and "The Cat" referring to the 12th year in Vietnamese astrology, Holly rewrote the song, recreating the iconic piano sequence and adding her own verses and twist of her signature ghostly, spiritual mysticism to the instrumentation.

By substituting the film references of the original with characters from the TV show 'Peaky Blinders' to make the track relevant to a modern audience. The song was recorded by Holly alongside Bob Mackenzie (Motor Museum), produced by Matt Taylor and mixed and mastered by Brian Sheil (Brytestar). 

In 'Year Of The Cat', Holly was drawn to the mysticism and astrological significance of the original as it also represents herself as an artist who captures an outworldly experience, with one foot in the real world and one in the unknown, something not many artists seek to capture.

In this reimagining, Holly was determined to bring the song up to date with a modern audience but preserving the emotions and elements of the historic track.

The singer said: “I want to take people on this journey of love, magic, astrological fate, being swept up by someone so mysterious that you lose all track of time and space.”

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Inspired by the likes of Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac and Don McLean, Holly is ready to captivate audiences with her enchanting vocals and beautiful lyricism.

Holly is set to make a big artistic splash in 2023 with a music tour in Ireland which begins in April at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin as well as her debut in the movie 'The freaks of Fancy' due to release this summer.

She is also participating in the one-woman musical entitled 'Topless' at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.