About Kathryn Rose
Kathryn Rose is a folk singer and recording artist from Oregon. She has been singing since she could talk and grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music. She began seriously collecting songs after her grandmother passed away and she discovered a treasure trove of handwritten Irish folk songs tucked inside the piano bench. Kathryn performs folk music from both sides of the pond, with an emphasis on Ireland and even a dash of Gaeilge here and there. Her influences include Susan McKeown, Christy Moore, the Clancy Brothers, Seamus Begley, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Moya Brennan, and more. With her melodic voice, her love of world cultures and her attention to detail, she continues the tradition of Celtic folk music as an artist, a performer and an inspiration for peace and harmony in a complicated world. She and her husband live in somewhat peaceful harmony with their brood of hooligan cats.
Kathryn currently plays the tenor guitar, but at various times in her life has had encounters with the piano, violin, lap harp, ukulele, and tin whistle. She has transitioned from a classical singing background into the folk world. Her favorite musical style is sean-nós, and she is working on her Gaeilge to perform more of these songs in the future.
From the artist: “The CD coming out is called Origins because I wanted to highlight songs that I either learned at a young age or have become foundational to my identity as a musician. Bunch of Thyme and Streets of Derry I’ve known since I was little, and more recently learned ones like Galway Shawl were included because I learned them from musicians I met at the Coastal Celtic Festival, which was my first music festival as a folk performer.”