The first dozen nights after the first dozen gigs, Kate Callahan lay wide awake in bed: 2AM, 3AM, tick, tick, tick - promising herself she would quit in order to trick her body into falling asleep. The next morning always led to a renegotiation. The aliveness, the racing thoughts, the reflections consumed Kate the way a new romance does. Surrendering, she agreed to the sleepless,... more
The first dozen nights after the first dozen gigs, Kate Callahan lay wide awake in bed: 2AM, 3AM, tick, tick, tick - promising herself she would quit in order to trick her body into falling asleep. The next morning always led to a renegotiation. The aliveness, the racing thoughts, the reflections consumed Kate the way a new romance does. Surrendering, she agreed to the sleepless, structure-less, creative and compelling life of a new singer/songwriter.
A decade later Kate sleeps very well and with the release of her third album Two Doors, has channeled the energy that once kept her awake, into a musically uplifting and socially daring album. Produced and recorded with Jim Chapdelaine (Grammy nominated & 13 Emmys), Two Doors is folk with textures of indie, country, and soul. Drummers Lorne Entress (Catie Curtis, Mark Erelli, Erin McKeown) and Jon Peckman (The Feathermerchants) lend rhythm; Paul Kochanski plays electric and upright bass; André Balazs (Bi-Polar Juke Box) a soulful piano, Jim Chapdelaine on guitars of all sorts, and Kate is the acoustic guitarist and vocalist who wrote these songs.
Winner of the Connecticut Music Awards "Best Singer-Songwriter" award in 2013, Kate is also a nominee for Best Songwriter at the New England Music Awards. She has won the Hartford Advocate's "Best Solo Performer" award three times. This year she is the Greater Hartford Arts Council's Featured Artist of the Year. Her performances and creative work in Connecticut earned her the non-profit based Serenity Award and the distinction “Woman of Character” in 2005 from the Hartford Courant, where she met Jane Fonda and accepted her award in the historic Bushnell Theater.
Kate’s credits include appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the CT Folk Festival. She has opened shows for folk legends Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary), troubadours Aztec Two-Step, John Gorka, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late Bill Morrissey. She has also shared stages with folk-rock artists Rachael Sage and Regina Spektor. Stookey calls Callahan "real" and says her lyrics are "Zen-like."
WNPR's Colin McEnroe reviewed Kate's performance at the Hartfolk Festival, saying, "Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person." McEnroe goes on to say, "...with Begley and Wolcott flanking her, with the superb Andre Balazs on piano and the exuberant Kaia Pazdersky on violin, there was a kind of giant, multi-pronged Emersonian celestial tuning fork onstage. It was a pretty thing to see, and it put light in one’s heart."
An astrologer once told Kate that balance within her life was essential. Kate balances life’s challenges (she’s a survivor of traumatic brain injury and has overcome anorexia) by tipping the scale in the other direction with love, spiritual awareness, and self-expression. Her spiritual teacher Brenda Morgan has provided her with perspectives that lead Kate to more happiness in life and in Divinity. Kate’s husband David Ames is a mirror for the love she feels for herself and those along her path.