Dynamic and versatile Americana musician Kate MacLeod brings her authentic music to your soul.
Her musical roots are firmly planted in Americana folk, but are colored by her expertise in Celtic, Bluegrass, Classical, and Eastern European genres. In 2018, Kate celebrated 50 years of playing the violin. Kate has gradually built a performing career since her first recording, Trying to Get It Right, released in 1995 and produced by the late Charles Sawtelle of Hot Rize. But before ever recording that first CD, Kate’s original songs were being shared and recorded by other musicians throughout her region.
Since then they’ve been recorded by other artists from California to the Czech Republic. Kate has toured in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the UK. She has been chosen for the Best of the West Award, 2019, by the Far-West division of the International Folk Alliance, for which she will be awarded during the organization’s October conference in Woodland, CA.
Her voice is said to sound “as pure as water from a mountain stream.” 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. Kate has been compared to 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 Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass and roots music genres including artists such as Mollie O’Brien, Laurie Lewis, Andrew Calhoun, One Shilling Short, Loose Ties, Rose Laughlin, and many others. 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 were 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.