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It seems not everybody is enthused by the current Kate Bush love-in - not least a viola player who performed on her album 50 Words for Snow who has dismissed her as a "manifestly overrated singer."

In a rather bad-humoured letter to The Guardian newspaper, Canterbury-based viola player Bill Hawkes also says Bush is treated with "obsequious, unquestioning critical acclaim." 

In his letter, Hawkes recalls playing on 50 Words for Snow in 2011: "I played viola on Kate Bush's last LP, and laughed myself silly at her nonsensical lyrics about snowmen."

Hawkes, who has also played with the Michael Nyman Band and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and performed on The Script's Science and Faith album, goes on to dismiss the recent fawning reviews of Bush's concerts in London's Hammersmith Apollo.

Here is the full text of Mr Hawkes' letter:

"I played viola on Kate Bush’s last LP, and laughed myself silly at her nonsensical lyrics about snowmen. The obsequious, unquestioning critical acclaim heaped upon this manifestly overrated singer is rather depressing, and summed up by your reviewer when he describes an audience who “spend the first part of the show clapping everything; no gesture is too insignificant to warrant applause”. Enough said."

Bill Hawkes

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