Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeodKate is a musician of many colors. With roots firmly planted in Americana folk, a broad base of ethnic music styles including a specialty in Celtic, and the experience of Classical training, her creative endeavors are not limited by music genres. She is able to treat her varied compositions with a flair for her beloved Americana while sounding like a true original. Her music has been performed and recorded by other artists from California to Eastern Europe. Among her varied projects, most recently she has compiled a collection of peace-motivating and inspirational pieces through an Artist-in-Residence program at Pendle Hill Quaker Study, Retreat, and Conference Center in Pennsylvania. You can hear some of the music online, so far these pieces have been posted…songs; A Harmonious Sound and I Will Sing My Heart Out, piano instrumentals, and a couple of fiddle tunes.
You can be informed of Kate’s activities through her Facebook musician page. by signing up on her mailing list, and by joining in her circle of patrons through her Patreon page. This year celebrates Kate’s release of her first violin-inspired recording, a collection of original pieces inspired by landscape and nature, dedicated to our home, Earth. For this special recording Kate invited an array of special guest musicians, including bluegrass’ great Darol Anger, Irish music’s Kevin Burke, a duet partner Kat Eggleston, and manyKate MacLeod others. For details about this recording see the Recordings Page. A tune book with accompanying music notation for all of the melodies on the recording will be available in November, 2018. Kate MacLeod’s voice is said to sound as pure as water from a mountain stream. And while singing from the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, her highly acclaimed songs often precede her as other artists, such as Laurie Lewis and Mollie O’Brien, sing them on stages across the country. Kate’s music compel publications such as Sing Out! Magazine to claim that Kate MacLeod “channels the spirit of the great Carter Family classics.” She has opened for artists such as Rosanne Cash,
Dan Fogelberg and Greg Brown, and has worked with some of the greats in acoustic music such as Charles Sawtelle and Tim O’Brien. Her songwriting style and live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting. A songwriter and fiddle player, she has written music based on historic events and personalities, a collection of songs based on books, and some commissioned for cultural projects. Whether in a song or on her violin, she captures our history, our landscapes, and our lives in the varied music that she creates. Kate’s Kate MacLeodpublications include a 50-song songbook of original songs, including music notation, chords, and lyrics, published by Dream Garden Press in 2016. This songbook is available through Ken Sanders Rare Books and Waterbug Records. Her previous recording project is a collection of songs inspired by books and covers a span of 30 years of songwriting. It was recorded in concert at Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City, UT.
Among the varied projects she has released, Kate’s previous solo recording, Blooming, was produced by Grammy winner Tim O’Brien and features musicians Darrell Scott, Byron House and Kenny Malone. Tim became interested in Kate’s music when his old friend Charles Sawtelle, another member of the famed blugrass group Hot Rize, produced her first recording that was released in 1995. Having grown up on the outskirts of Washington D.C, Kate has resided in the region of Utah for decades; home of rich folklore, the roaming grounds of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch and the land from where Utah Phillips took his name. Her western migration has fueled her appreciation and understanding of the American experience, its varied landscapes and cultures. She performs her music with guitar, violin and harmonica and has studied many styles of ethnic violin in addition to extensive classical training from where she has developed a unique expression with her fiddle playing. She has been compared toKate MacLeod many influential artists of
her genre including Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, Richard Thompson and Emmylou Harris. Since her first recording release, her songs have been covered by other artists from California to the Czech Republic in Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass and roots music genres including artists such as Mollie O’Brien, Laurie Lewis and Rose Laughlin. Something Left You Living, a song from her Blooming recording, was featured on NPR’s song showcase “What’s in a Song.” Kate’s songs have been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows including Tom May’s “River City Folk,” the holiday program hosted by Judy Collins, “Peace on Earth,” and have been sung by others on “A Prairie Home Companion.” You will find fans of many music genres in an audience gathered to hear Kate MacLeod perform as her songs catch the ears of new artists, traditional singers, bluegrass musicians, celtic musicians and songwriters of many styles. In addition to her performing, she teaches songwriting and fiddle workshops in schools, concert outreach programs, summer camps and at music festivals. She is a sought after vocalist, fiddler and guitar player, working regularly with other artists.

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