Test Card Girl is a solo project by Manchester singer/songwriter Catherine (Caffs) Burgis. Having spent many hours listening to other people play and sing, Catherine decided to swap the pint glass for the guitar in early 2019 (or at least hold both concurrently) and set off on a songwriting journey into all corners of her mind, simultaneously also becoming a stand up comedian and touring the country with a novelty miniature keyboard worn on a strap. Some would call it a cry for help, but, aged 35, she'd had more than enough of an admin-based existence.
She met her now-producer Dave Fidler after watching a John Bramwell gig at the iconic Trades Club in Hebdon Bridge in 2017, where she unexpectedly heard herself piping up that she had written some songs. He kindly agreed to listen to them and, after around a year, she sent some demos and they began recording together in 2019 at The Fuse Studio.
Having won and been a finalist in a number of national comedy competitions, Catherine made the decision to focus solely on music in 2020 and build up more live experience, a decision which immediately co-incided with the dawn of a global pandemic.
Catherine's music ranges from lo-fi bedroom pop to simple indie folk songs, influenced in equal parts by the standard-issue musical taste of a 90's Manchester teenager; an obsession with the MIDI sounds from keyboards of childhood Christmases past; and the finger-picking guitar style of anyone who can play more than the one pattern she heavily relies on. Major recent influences include Marika Hackman, Susanne Sundfør, Big Thief, Bon Iver, Tallest Man on Earth, Ane Brune, Villagers, IDER, Kate Rusby, Jesca Hoop and Fontaines D.C.but it's an endless daily list....
She is currently recording her debut album 'Seven Dolls' in Manchester due for release Winter 2020 and was her first single Holds Me Down recently featured in the Fresh on the Net 'Fresh Faves' list (June 2020)
'A lightness of touch that is all too rare
seems to be at her beck and call'
- MP3 Hugger Blog, May 2020
'Spine-tingling mutli-layered vocal harmonies'
'A glorious mess of retro-synth-sonics'
'Sounds a bit like Kate Rusby singing an electropop song with Sufjan Stevens playing the synthesiser for Wham's 'Last Christmas'