Announcements

Concert at the Peninsula Arts Center

Friends,

I am very excited! Please join me on Wednesday, July 28th, at 4 pm at the Peninsula Arts Center in Long Beach, WA for a special concert! This will be my first public gig since the pandemic started over a year ago, and I am very excited to share the music I have learned with all of you.

Seating is very limited, so visit http://peninsulaartscenter.org/concerts/ to reserve your ticket.

Hope to see you there!

Kathryn Rose

Livestreaming Break

It has been over a year since I started livestreaming shows on Fridays. There’s been a lot of change in my life lately, and I’ve been wondering if I should put a hold on the livestreams while I wait for some things to settle.

The technical difficulties at Friday’s livestream have convinced me that I need a little break. I’ll be taking the summer off from livestreaming and will reassess what I’m doing in the fall. I’m not going away completely–this Facebook page will still be here, and I’ll post updates from time to time.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has watched, supported, tipped, sent me surprise packages in the mail, researched history and folklore when I tossed out a question, and everything else that you wonderful people have done for me. You all mean so much, and I wouldn’t even know some of you if it weren’t for the Internet!

Special shoutout to Finn for all of the behind the scenes promotion, research, ideas, and for letting me bounce the finer points of Irish music and history off of you. Thanks for only laughing a little bit when my pronunciation is atrocious.

Stay tuned for the next adventure…

Page Name Change

Dear friends,

You may have noticed that I changed the name of my Facebook page. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes! Here are some exciting updates:

Thing #1: My livestream is this Friday at 7:00 pm Pacific Time!

Thing #2: At said livestream, I will be playing an actual guitar! Yes, with 6 strings instead of my usual 4!

Thing #3: I have been writing more songs! You will hear some of them on Friday, but I also seem to have a talent for writing songs that I can’t actually play, so others will have to wait until my skills improve.

Thing #4: I am branching out! When I started playing music publicly a few years ago, I focused on Irish music (and the broader “Celtic” umbrella). I did this for a few reasons. The first is that I was exposed to such music at a young age and have always loved it. Another reason is that I really wanted to dive deeply into a living body of work before I branched off on a thousand bunny trails. Yet another reason is that, up until connecting with other Celtic musicians at the Coastal Celtic Festival, I had experienced a dearth of people who were interested in this type of music, so I wanted to learn as much of it as possible to address this perceived shortage. (Meeting people through performing and the Internet has taught me that there are actually many of us who love this music!) There are many more reasons that I could list, but I’ll spare you.

On this livestream, there will still be Celtic music, but you’ll also hear a mix of other songs that I like. I hope that you like them, too! I don’t fit into genre boxes well, and it’s been exciting to explore the incredible amount of music that exists in the world.

I have focused a lot on history in my livestreams. There will still be history, but maybe not as much because I also want to showcase songs that provoke emotion in addition to songs that tell a story. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll strike a balance, but this is all very experimental!

I want to pause and acknowledge several musicians who have supported and guided me during the pandemic. Emmet (That Irish Guy) has been encouraging since the first day that I met him, he let me interview him for a radio show, and he has always helped me learn about new songs that give me an even deeper sense of what Irish music is about. Tim Forand has been a riot since the first day that I met *him* (DOUGIE!!), and his kind heart and wild mix of songs has inspired me to keep learning music. Keith Eastwood, the Viking Irishman, has been ceaselessly encouraging me to continue to write music, and he pulled together a fantastic virtual musical birthday party while Finn and I were going through a medical crisis. Last but certainly not least, Marian (https://www.youtube.com/user/redwingblakbird) has been a very important person to me, again, since the first day I met her. She is the one who finally convinced me that I can learn to play guitar, and she also gave me that final push I needed to let go of genre and branch out wherever the music speaks to me. I’ll keep “cracking open” this stone shell and letting the music out, Marian.

I would be remiss if I did not also thank Dan Tobin and Aubrey Lay Tobin and Bill Svendsen and Sue Svendsen for creating spaces for musicians to gather, and for putting me on a stage when I had almost no experience. The confidence and friendship I gained from all of you has carried me forward into the musician I am today.

Special Show at the Columbia Theatre

Something exciting is happening! In September, Kathryn Rose was contacted by the Columbia Theatre to record a one-hour Celtic music show. Their fantastic team has finished production and editing and has given us an air date. The Columbia Theatre’s “Artists In Our Midst” series will feature the performance on a Youtube broadcast on Saturday, October 24th at 7:00 pm Pacific. To view the broadcast, visit the Columbia Theatre’s Youtube channel.

This special performance will feature songs around the theme of “migration”, including an original piece entitled “Six Children In The Ground”.

Samhain Celtic New Year Festival

Kathryn Rose is delighted to have been accepted to the Samhain Celtic New Year Festival! Organized by the Ceili of the Valley Society, the festival has gone virtual this year due to COVID-19.

Kathryn will be the featured performed on October 14. Watch her one-hour Samhain show here!

Be sure to check out the other fantastic performers in this festival, including fellow livestreamer, Bill Mullen!

Origins Is Live!

Kathryn Rose is very excited to release her debut album, Origins. This album would not have been possible without the support of many loved ones around her. Many thanks are due.

Firstly, to Crown Alley Irish Pub, for taking a chance on her and letting her sing in the first Coastal Celtic Festival, and then letting her come back for the second! To Sue and Bill and the Peninsula Arts Center, for the generosity of their time, money, and resources in making this album happen. To Dave Gager at Bentrabbit Multimedia Studios, for his time recording and editing my “Frankensongs”.

In this album, Kathryn Rose focuses on songs that are foundational to her life, either because she learned them at a young age or because they represent an important part of her identity. She hopes that everyone enjoys the stories she has to tell. Origins is currently available for digital download only due to COVID; we will announce when the warehouses open for physical CD printing.