Live music: Katie Stelmanis

The Porter, Bath 18 June 2009

The Porter Cellar Bar is a tiny, low-ceilinged space. When Katie Stelmanis begins to sing, her operatic voice swells and fills the vaults, and it’s almost too much: from the first note, she is clear and powerful, swooping cleanly through the octaves. Her own songs seethe and bubble on a combination of dark synths and martial percussion (provided by Maya Postepski) which cohere behind the glorious vocals to create a dark hymnal splendour. Behind her keyboard and tiny as she is, Stelmanis has huge presence, her face gleaming as she sings. When she comes to a cover of Roy Orbison’s Crying (which you can hear on her Myspace page) she sings with a rich solemnity, rising high on the song’s shivering sorrow. New single Believe Me marks the climax and sounds like an anthem to the perfect conviction of the performance.

Katie Stelmanis Porter posterDownload the album Join Us from Zunior.

Download Believe Me from the NME.

Katie Stelmanis Porter posterThe Porter Cellar Bar is a tiny, low-ceilinged space. When Katie Stelmanis begins to sing, her operatic voice swells and fills the vaults, and it’s almost too much: from the first note, she is clear and powerful, swooping cleanly through the octaves. Her own songs seeth and bubble on a combination of dark synths and martial percussion (provided by Maya Postepski) which cohere around the glorious vocals to create a dark hymnal splendour.Behind her keyboard and tiny as she is, Stelmanis has a towering presence, her face gleaming as she sings. When she comes to a cover of