About Kathryn Rose
It all started with a ferry boat…
“Every summer, we used to take a road trip to visit relatives in Oregon and California. The car ride could last up to two days, so it got to the point where we had a stack of cassette tapes (and later CDs) that we always brought with us. I remember listening to these tapes of a group called The Ferryboat Musicians, and they did all sorts of folk songs, Irish and Scottish songs, cowboy songs, you name it! That really laid the foundation and showed me the wide range of emotions and experiences contained in folk music.”
Then, a handwritten surprise…
“My grandmother passed away after my first year of college. She was a concert pianist and a church organist for forty years, and she had a baby grand piano in the house. As we were going through her things, I stumbled across these handwritten music pages tucked inside the piano bench. In the margins, the songs were labelled as Irish and some said that they were just fragments. One of my grandmother’s friends was from Ireland, and I think they were arranging music so that my grandmother could accompany her. Having this gift of songs to research and learn is what really started me down the path of Irish music.”
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, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Niamh Parsons, Dougie MacLean, Kate Rusby, Kat Eggleston, 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 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 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.”