I first met Kate at Pinewoods and I remember thinking to myself "Who is this extraordinary person who seems to be able to play anything and everything, has the most wonderful welcoming smile, and is one of the nicest people I think I've ever met?"
After that, first impressions were more than confirmed and it was a great thrill to have her generous words included in one of my publications. A tune or two together over the years has been a highlight for me, and I always associate the name Barnes with a generosity of spirit and warmth, and an overflowing of musical talent.
Greetings from Scotland and congratulations Kate on this thoroughly merited award. You've enriched our world beyond measure and may you continue to do so for a very long time to come—warmest wishes, Freeland.