Band of the Week: Best Girl Athlete

Katie Buchan stars on shmuFM's Band of the Week

This week on shmuFM, our featured artist is Best Girl Athlete - you can hear Best Girl Athlete live on the Band Of The Week Show on Monday the 27th of October from 8-10pm, where you'll get to know about her and her life, what she's up to, her tunes, why she writes them and more. 

Katie Buchan, aka Best Girl Athlete, has dreams like many other 15 year olds, but talent unlike any other. From Aberdeen, Scotland, Katie’s enchanting voice and burgeoning song writing talent is truly remarkable.

Few teenagers care to be in the same room as their parents let alone play music with them. However, Katie is the exact opposite. Katie’s father, Charley, has been a pivotal inspiration to her musical career. Growing up watching her father perform in various bands, Katie has always played a part in offering critical comments for her father when he needed an honest opinion about his songs. Charley began writing for himself just over the last few years, anchoring his style in contemporary Scottish folk, and with Katie’s involvement has begun to veer towards a more pop direction, whilst firmly retaining that folk element.

Not content to simply sing her father’s songs, Katie has begun to establish herself as a promising singer-songwriter, with some of her songs seamlessly worked into their live sets and with the track 'Talk' to appear on forthcoming Best Girl Athlete album, Carve Every Word.

With her boundless enthusiasm for creating music and her carefree persona, Katie has won our hearts and Best Girl Athlete demonstrates a unique blend of youthfulness and maturity that is rarely seen in music.

As well as the Band of the Week Show, you can hear Best Girl Athlete's tracks on any of our live shows by getting in contact with the studio on 01224 483413, by texting 60300 (type SHMU, leave a space and then your message) or by emailing

The Band Of The Week Show is repeated every Friday at midnight until 2am on 99.8FM, and you can listen to the show here on our website using the live stream or Listen Again feature.