Small Behaviours – Shows Postponed

Sadly, due to the current pandemic restrictions, all Small Behaviours shows in collaboration with Donegal Camerata, due to take place, as part of the 2020 Donegal Bay & Blustacks Festival, at the Abbey Arts Centre and An Grianan Theatre, have had to be postponed for now. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to those who already purchased tickets, full refunds will be available from the venues. We hope to be able to announce rescheduled dates as soon as possible and thank you for your support thus far. Stay safe for now, all the love, Kate x

 

Small Behaviours – Songs from a Witness Statement

With Kate O’Callaghan, and the Donegal Camerata String Quartet

Written by Kate O’Callaghan. Arranged by Seamus Devenny. Performed by Kate O’Callaghan, Seamus Devenny and the Donegal Camerata String Quartet.

Small Behaviours–Songs from a Witness Statement is the second instalment of Inishowen musician and composer Kate O’Callaghan’s musical response to her great grand aunt Catherine Rooney’s witness statements to the Irish government’s Bureau of Military History, detailing her involvement in the events of Easter 1916 in Dublin, and the subsequent War of Independence. While a previous work, The Girl with The Beret, focused on 1916, Small Behaviours deals primarily with its aftermath.

As such, the new song cycle sees Catherine – a native of Dublin – and her wider family, including her sister and her mother, deeply involved in the events of the War of Independence. From organising gun-running expeditions from Glasgow, to assisting with intelligence work, planned prison escapes and the disposal of documents, including papers captured following the IRA assassinations on Bloody Sunday.

The family home on North Richmond Street, and former abode to James Joyce (featured in his short story ‘Araby’ in the Dubliners), acted as a secret meeting place and safe house. Used to treat and receive wounded Irish Volunteers on many occasions, including the attack on the Customs House in May 1921, it was where one of the first Thompson machine guns brought into the country was assembled and stored.

The work is essentially a reflection on the seemingly ‘small behaviours’ of ordinary women, which ultimately affected far-reaching social change over time.

The Ghostlight Sessions – Srutháin – Earagail Arts Festival 2020

The Ghostlight Sessions: Joshua Burnside & Kate O’Callaghan
Experimental folk artist Joshua Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of Irish folk tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats.
He released his debut album ‘Ephrata’ two years ago via Quiet Arch Records. A mix of Irish traditional, European folk and Americana, it earned Joshua the ‘Best Album’ award at the Northern Irish Music Prize.
Currently spending time in the studio using post-punk and electronic recording methods to push the boundaries of his beloved folk music, Joshua’s second studio album is set for release later in 2020.
Inishowen-based Kate O’Callaghan is a hugely-respected presence on the Donegal music scene.
Her beautifully evocative melodies and intelligent considered lyrics run the full range of emotions from the sublime to the cathartic creating a wondrously skewed, refracted version of folk that is haunting, poignant and uplifting.
To-date, Kate has written and recorded two albums and an EP and toured Ireland, UK, Germany and the US. Kate is currently working on the second phase of a historically-themed music project entitled ‘Songs from A Witness Statement’ based on the first-hand testimony of her great grand-aunt’s involvement in the 1916 Rising and Irish War of Independence.
Joshua Burnside invites you to make a donation to Belfast Simon Community. https://www.simoncommunity.org/get-involved/donate
Kate O’Callaghan invites you to make a donation to Pieta House. https://www.pieta.ie/support-our-work/donate/

Songs From A Witness Statement – Small Behaviours

I am thrilled to announce that work has begun on the 2nd phase of the ‘Songs From A Witness Statement’ project, entitled ‘Small Behaviours’. A series of collaborative compositional creative sessions have taken place with Seamus Devenny, Victor Yélamo and the Donegal Camerata String Quartet at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. More information on the project and performance dates to be announced soon. Supported by Creative Ireland and Donegal County Council.

Support to Dean Maywood EP Launch

I will be supporting Dean Maywood at the Balor Arts Centre on May 17th with Seamus Devenny. 

Dean will be launching his debut EP with The Dog River Band – Darren Doherty on guitars, Zara Montgomery on keys, Cormac Friel on drums and Darren Carr on bass. They will be joined by Goats Don’t Shave guitarist Patsy Gallagher and a special guest appearance by Brendan Quinn.
Donegal Songwriter Michael Gillespie will also provide a support slot on the night.

Support to Jack L @ the Balor Arts Centre

I’m delighted to be invited back to the Balor Arts Centre to open for Jack Lukeman on the 12th Jan 2019. I had the pleasure of supporting Jack a few years ago in the wonderful Backroom at McGrory’s of Culdaff and I’m really looking forward to meeting him again. A lovely gentleman as well as a superb artist.
Tickets can be booked via the Balor’s website here.

The Ghostlight Sessions @ The Balor Arts Centre

Declan Sessions at The Acoustic Yard Festival 2017

We had the great pleasure of recording our song Stone By Stone with the lovely folk at Declan Sessions  while we were performing at The Acoustic Yard Festival in Westport, Co. Mayo this May. 

What a sound bunch of humans doing an awesome service for Original Irish Music. You can check out their work and the lyrics for the song below:

Website: https://declansessions.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/declansessions

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeclanSessions

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/declansessions 

 

Stone By Stone – Lyrics 

Heart open wide
No armour have you built inside
Just stepping stones you place before you
One by one
To bring you forth

And with these stones
So freely laid
You move on fearless
And unswayed

When I look at you
I see the sunrise
And I wish you all the love in this world

No weary eye to cast upon
To shade you in and bear down on
You are the color of the rain
The taste of morning dew
Before the break of day

Mourn not the stolen time
For how could you have known
Just holding you in my arms
Is the greatest thing I’ve ever done

When I look at you
I see the sunrise
And I wish you all the love in this world
Stone by stone
All the love in this world
STONE BY STONE
Kate O’Callaghan 2017 ©

German Tour – October 2016

Kate O’ Callaghan (Duo – Irland) – GERMANY TOUR 2016
präsentiert von Music Art Urban Life – Booking

Di. 11.10. Live im Schaufenster: Kate O’Callaghan (Irland) – Cube Düsseldorf
Mi. 12.10. W/Chris Riffle (USA) – Heimathirsch, Köln
Do. 13.10. Bar Caliente – Duisburg
Fr. 14.10. Wohnzimmerkonzert – Wuppertal (bei Düsseldorf)
Sa. 15.10. Konzert von Kate O’ Callaghan im ‘Baristoteles Kubus’ – Bochum
So. 16.10. Wohnzimmerkonzert – Mühlheim
Mo. 17.10. Wohnzimmerkonzert – Dreieich (bei Frankfurt)
Mi. 19.10. W/Line Bøgh – Brause, Düsseldorf
Do. 20.10. Wohnzimmerkonzert – Bochum
Fr. 21.10. Kate O’Callaghan – Kulturcafe Lichtung KölnGermanTour2016PosterCube Deu

Slow Food Festival & Guildhall Taphouse

Derry City and Strabane District Council are hosting Northern Ireland’s first Slow Food Festival this weekend in the Guildhall Square and I’m delighted to have been invited to perform as part of the festival at the Guildhall Taphouse – Saturday 8th October, 3-5pm.

The Slow Food Festival will be centred in Guildhall Square from 12noon until 6pm on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th with a Harvest Market, Talks & Demos, Tours and Tastings, Street Food Zone and of course great music in the Guildhall Taphouse!

For more information on the festival visit Derry City & Strabane Website.

slowfoodfestderry

 

The Girl With The Beret – New Album

tgwtb-21x21-title catherine-byrne-in-uniform-2

I’m delighted to announce the release of my New Album, called The Girl With The Beret.

It is available now for pre-order on Bandcamp and will be officially released on Monday 3rd October, 2016.

 The Girl with The Beret’ is a 1916 Concept Mini-Album, inspired by my great-grandaunt Katie, otherwise known as Catherine Rooney (née Byrne).
According to her witness statement, recorded with the Bureau of Military History (Ireland), she was the first woman to enter the GPO in Dublin on the day of the Rising on Easter Monday 1916. Having followed her brothers down O’Connell St., she kicked in a side window of the GPO and climbed in. She tended to the wounded, earning herself the title of ‘The Petticoat Heroine’ in the press in later years. 

Katie also delivered several dispatches during the week, including one important note written by Joseph Plunkett and given to her by Pádraig Pearse. She concealed the note in her hair and brought it to the Four Courts. Katie describes running under fire and narrowly escaping death, when a bullet passed by her head leaving two holes in her beret. She also describes her family’s involvement in the War of Independence, in the years following the Rising. Their house, at 17 Nth Richmond St., was used as a secret HQ for a special squad called the ‘Guards of the Active Service Unit’. Firearms and ammunition were temporarily hidden in various secret places in the house, including the first Thompson gun smuggled into Ireland. Her Mother, Mrs Catherine Byrne (née Dowling), provided a safe house during this time, feeding and tending to the many men who were involved and needing a place to hide. 

 

Comprised of a series of songs and spoken word tracks, which flow seamlessly from one into the other, The Girl With The Beret weaves the story of a young woman caught up in the 1916 Rising in Dublin.

A fusion of alternative folk, popular ballad and classical strings. It gives a unique insight into the perspective of an ordinary girl living at that time and what it meant, as a female, to be involved in the Rebellion.

Featured musicians:

Kate O’Callaghan, Seamus Devenny, Tim Jarvis, Declan McClafferty and Martin Smyth (from alt. rock band In Their Thousands), Stephen McDaid, Billy Robinson, Paul Devenny and Kevin Murphy.

Recorded and Mixed by Orri McBrearty at Attica Audio, Donegal.

Mastered by Richard Dowling at WavMastering, Limerick.