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 Girl With The Beret – New Album

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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.

 

 

Colgan Heritage Weekend – Songs Of Revolution And Change – July 3rd, Carndonagh, Co.Donegal

On Sunday July 3rd, I will be joining The Henry Girls for a special concert in the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh, Co.Donegal, which will bring a close to the Colgan Heritage Weekend.

This year’s Colgan Heritage Weekend (July 1st – 4th 2016) will focus on the theme of ‘Revolution and Change: 1916-2016’ as part of the national programme of events celebrating and commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. The programme is filled with talks, poetry readings, musical recitals, concerts, walks and exhibitions which explore the importance of the 1916 Rising in modern Ireland. The keynote lectures on Friday (July 1st) evening come from Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell and recently elected MLA for Foyle Eamonn Mc Cann.

In this theme concert Songs of Revolution and Change, I will be performing songs from my upcoming release The Girl with the Beret, which I performed as part of RTE’s Reflecting the Rising on Easter Monday in Dublin this year. Inspired by my great-grand aunt Catherine Byrne who fought in the Rising in 1916, all the songs are based on stories from her witness statement recorded with the Bureau of Military History. I will be accompanied by Seamus Devenny (Violin) and Tim Jarvis (Cello).

Visit www.colganheritage.com for more info on the weekend of events

Songs of Revolution and Change
Date: Sunday July 3rd
Time: 8pm
Cost: €10
Tickets: Available exclusively at Doherty’s Newsagents, Carndonagh, Co.Donegal
 Colgan Heritage Week

New Christmas Single Release – The Holly & The Ivy

I’m thrilled to announce my new Christmas Single and Music Video Release –The Holly & The Ivy. 

Available now on iTunes and all major digital outlets.

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New Double Single Release – FEEL & YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE

I’m delighted to announce my Double Single Release of ‘FEEL’ & ‘YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE’ with new label Andromeda Artisans.  Available now on iTUNES and all major digital streaming sites. Enjoy Xx

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Confirmed for Spirit of Folk Festival – September 2015

I’m so happy to be included in the line-up for this year’s Spirit of Folk. I’ve heard it’s such a beautiful festival – full of storytelling, healing, comedy, living history, art and of course amazing music and this year there’s even gonna be a Bug Hotel – now that’s glamping for ya!

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Earagail Arts Festival July 2015

The Lark & The Robin will feature in the Earagail Arts Festival on the 23rd July in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.

The wonderfully intimate Inishowen event is hosted by singer/songwriter Kate O’Callaghan with Seamus Devenny. Featured special guests on this festival edition of The Lark & The Robin, joining Kate and Seamus, will include critically acclaimed Mullingar troubadour Peter Doran and Devon based Indie-folk songwriter Jess McAllister.  A unique, collaborative celebration of Song and the Art of Songwriting – not to be missed!

“A ferocious emotional and musical intelligence at work” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music on Jess Mc Allister.

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The Lark & The Robin – New Venue for 2015

We had our first installment of The Lark & The Robin in the beautiful surroundings of St. Buadan’s Church, Culdaff, Inishowen on the 26th February. With special guests Declan McClafferty (from In Their Thousands), Sarah Cullen (w/Ruairi Friel) and Best Boy Grip. A truly spectacular gig in the most intimate of settings. Please visit The Lark & The Robin’s Facebook page for more information on this monthly event.

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December 2014

We have some lovely gigs lined up for the last month of 2014. On the 11th we will be joining the amazing talents of Robin G. Shiels, SIVE and Arborist at The Lark & The Robin in McGrorys Backroom, Culdaff . Followed by an intimate concert with SIVE at McDaids Winebar, Ramelton on the 12th and a rocking Christmas special with The Wood Burning Savages and Plain Zebra at the Greenroom Live, Letterkenny on the 19th. We are also very excited to be taking part in Songlines at The Model, Sligo on the 2oth December.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas – Kate & Seamus x

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