Kate O' Callaghan
Inishowen, County Donegal
Kate O’ Callaghan is that rare bird that manages to combine evocative melodies with intelligent considered lyrics, covering a gamut of emotions from the sublime to the cathartic and blending together to create a totally original sound. Distinctive in both writing style and beautiful vocal delivery, Kate draws reference from a very diverse range of sources, from historical figures and local heroes to nature and her surroundings in a skewed, refracted version of folk that is haunting, poignant and uplifting. Her aspect is very much her own, and in arranging songs she explores the less obvious paths tonally as much as the expected.
Kate O'Callaghan is a singer/songwriter and musician, based in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.
To date, Kate has written and recorded an EP and debut Album, received national and international radio play (RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM, BBC Radio Ulster and UK radio), has been funded by Culture Ireland to travel and play in the US and has collaborated with various artists including singer/songwriters Finbarr Doherty (Irl), Jennifer Kimball (US), The Henry Girls (Irl), Duke Special (N.Irl) and Boston based roots collective Session Americana.
Kate has also toured with and/or opened shows for several acts incl. Gretchen Peters (Grammy nominated Nashville Singer/songwriter), Peter Mulvey (US), Birds of Chicago (US/ in association with Roadworks Tours IRL), Amelia Curran (CA) and Jack L (Irl) and has performed at numerous festivals to date, including Earagail Arts Festival, Clifden Arts Festival, Guth Gafa International Film Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Electric Picnic, Glasgowbury (N.Irl), Maiden City Festival (N.Irl) and Glastonbury (UK).
Kate's debut album The Still Beyond, released October 2013, was recorded and co-produced with Ted Ponsonby (who has previously worked with both Mary & Francis Black, Dolores Keane, Tommy Fleming, Kieran Goss, Henry McCullough etc). The album consists of 12 original tracks performed by Kate (vocals and guitar/ukelele) and features musicians Ted Ponsonby (guitar/dobro/organ), Eddie Lee (upright double bass), Seamus Devenny (violin/drums &percussion) plus special guests Finbarr Doherty and The Henry Girls.
"Subliminal, understated and simply glorious" - Fatea Magazine (UK)
"Kate O’Callaghan’s dazzling debut album is an intelligent, meaningful and extraordinary listening experience" - Fanrealm (USA)
"Warm, inviting, charming and delicate. A stunning debut album" - 2 U I Bestow (Irl)
"A lovely debut Album" - John Creedon, RTE Radio 1 (IRL)
"Beautifully evocative…a treat for the senses" Goldenplec (IRL)
“Dreamy and Soulful” - The Dailymail (UK)
“Performed exquisitely..” The Independent on Sunday, London (UK)