My Music DNA: Kate Mullins of The Puppini Sisters

It’s a busy month for the world’s leading close harmony group The Puppini Sisters. The trio release their brand-new album Dance, Dance, Dance on September 25th which combines their vocal talents with the classy sound of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra along with a list of strictly swing dance style arrangements.  The album mixes the contemporary with the classics combining a unique blend of tunes such as Mack The Knife, Shallow, Don’t Fence Me In and Dancing Queen.

To coincide with its release The Puppini Sisters will be performing an exclusive online concert The Puppini Sisters Unlocked live from London into homes across the world on Saturday 26th September.

The Puppini Sisters aka Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Emma Smith released their first album ‘Betcha Bottom Dollar’ in 2006.  Selling albums and touring across the world, they became musical pioneers of the neo burlesque/swing scene and count HRH Prince Charles, The Manhattan Transfer, Michael Bublé and Hugh Laurie amongst their many fans from around the world

Ahead of their busy month Andy Howells chats to Kate Mullins of The Puppini Sisters about her music influences.

The Puppini Sisters (left to right : Emma, Marcella & Kate) prepare to release a new album and perform an online concert in September 2020

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

My Dad would always play Van Morrison records when I was younger, and his version of Raglan Road is still one of my favourite songs of all time. The lyrics are a beautiful love poem written by the Irish poet Patrick Kavanah.  I loved it when I was a child for it’s narrative windings and Van’s highly charged delivery. I didn’t realise how much of the content and sentiment I had internalised all those years ago until I re-listened to it again as a young adult. It’s in my very fibre!

What was the first single you bought?

The Fugees; “Killing me Softly” on cassette with my pocket money!

What was the first album you owned?

Both of The Commitments soundtracks and Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms”.

What’s your constant go to track?

Tom Waits; “Take It With Me”. This is mine and my husband’s song.

What’s your constant go to album?

Frank Sinatra’s “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!”.

Who’s your latest music discovery?

A New Zealand singer called Nadia Reid. I love her voice and the gorgeous rambling nature of her song writing.

What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?

Probably my own recorded version of “Raglan Road”.

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