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.
A singer/songwriter and musician, based in Co. Donegal (Ireland), Kate has collaborated with various artists/groups including Boston based roots collective Session Americana, singer/songwriters Finbarr Doherty (Irl), Jennifer Kimball (US), The Henry Girls (Irl), Duke Special (N.Irl), Mark Black (Irl) and the Inishowen Gospel Choir (Irl).
Kate has also toured with and/or opened shows for several acts incl. Peter Mulvey (US), Gretchen Peters (Grammy nominated Nashville Singer/songwriter), Birds of Chicago (US/ in association with Roadworks Tours IRL) and Jack Lukeman's award winning 27 Club (Irl).
Festival appearances include 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 is due for official release on October 7th 2013. Recorded and co-produced with Ted Ponsonby (who has previously worked with both Mary & Francis Black, Dolores Keane, Tommy Fleming, Emmylou Harris 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), Finbarr Doherty (guitar) and The Henry Girls (guest backing vocals).
"Beautifully evocative…a treat for the senses" Goldenplec (IRL)
"Jazzy folk with a dash of fun, humour, crisp lyrics and excellent vocals... Impressive debut EP which belongs next to Imelda May & M. Shocked!" 2 U I Bestow (IRL)
“Dreamy and Soulful” - The Dailymail (UK)
“Performed exquisitely..” The Independent on Sunday, London (UK)
“Distinctive, thoughtful, heartfelt, provocative and most definitely all her own...She is unique. Observe and enjoy” Fanrealm (US)