KATE CALLAHAN & FRIENDS

“…with Begley and Wolcott flanking [Kate]…there was a giant, multi-pronged Emersonian celestial tuning fork on stage…it put light in one’s heart."   - Colin McEnroe

ABOUT KATE CALLAHAN & FRIENDS

Kate Callahan & Friends is a years-long collaboration between Kate, and musicians Cynthia Wolcott and Michelle Begley. Their sound is sublime three-part harmony woven through Kate’s original songs and folk-driven covers of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Adele, The Wailin’ Jenny’s and Leonard Cohen. Kate Callahan & Friends have performed together for the last 7 years refining their process of arranging songs. Their most acclaimed arrangement to date is of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Born from a harmonic idea in guest contributor Atticus Kelly’s head, the group fleshed out a haunting rendition of the popular ballad. WNPR radio personality and writer, Colin McEnroe wrote about the group’s Hartfolk Festival performance “…with Begley and Wolcott flanking [Kate]…there was a giant, multi-pronged Emersonian celestial tuning fork on stage…it put light in one’s heart. And oh! They did a remarkable arrangement of “Hallelujah.”

 

An award-winning presence on the Connecticut music scene, Callahan served two years as Connecticut’s State Troubadour, taking special interest in the state’s inmate population. She created a program called Affirming Voice, a vocal empowerment experience for women inmates at York Correctional Institution. Kate Callahan & Friends are looking for a new band name and will soon solicit audiences and social networks for ideas.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING...

"Kate Callahan performed at Russell Library in Middletown this past June (2018) to a happy crowd of listeners! Her stories of being the Connecticut State Troubadour, the variety of music and the quality of the musicians that she brought with her kept every one of our patrons engaged and thoroughly fulfilled.  While Kate's voice is strong and delightful, the singing mastery of Cynthia Wolcott and Michelle Begley sent some songs to a new level of enjoyments.  Atticus Kelly on piano with the trio during Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was an experience not to be missed!"

 

- Rolande Duprey, Programming & Community Engagement for Russell Library