|Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller, and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes, and piano. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore – but the heart of her understanding of Irish folk tradition comes from encounters with singers, storytellers, and great talkers in Ireland.|
| She has been a “tradition bearer” in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College. Her music was featured recently on NPR’s programs, “Cartalk” and “All Songs Considered,” and songs from her latest CD, The Irishy Girl, are played on Irish radio programs throughout the country. The Harp-Boat, a collection of poems about her father, a Maine lobsterman, won the Kulupi Press 2007 Sense of Place Chapbook Contest and was published in 2008. Whether she is singing, telling stories, teaching, or sharing a poem, she aims to leave her audiences moved, enlivened, and eager for their own adventures.|
A lovely performance…spellbinding!
~ Janet Sartor, Coordinator of Public Programs, Harvard Art Museum
“Sheer delight” is how one patron summed up the evening.
~ Ann Wilson, Coordinator, Adult Programs, Groton Public Library
Kate’s magical aura and haunting melodies affected listeners of all ages in the audience… Kate ably switched from Irish flute to harp to whistle to keyboard and to an especially enchanting, pure voice. The distance between the Emerald Isle and an American city vanished for an hour as we enjoyed Kate Chadbourne’s lilting melodies and charming tales.
~ Susan Alatalo, Arts Alliance, Hudson, MA
~ Debra Reilly, Program Coordinator, Brookline, NH Public Library Kate has performed throughout New England including:
Art Centers, Coffeehouses, and Concert Halls ~ Club Passim (Cambridge); Red Door Coffeehouse (Framingham); The Center for Arts (Natick); First Parish Church (Watertown); Amazing Things Art Center (Natick); Bookseller Café (Medford); The Emerson Umbrella (Concord); Springstep Performing Arts Center (Medford); Portland Stage Company (Portland, ME); The Performing Arts Center (Westford); Café Ziba (Acton); The Java Room (Chelmsford); The Side Door Coffeehouse (Jamaica Plain); King Hooper Café (Marblehead)
Colleges and Universities ~ Harvard University; Boston College; Brown University; University College Galway (Ireland); Magee College, University of Ulster (Derry, Northern Ireland); University College Cork (Ireland); Johnson & Wales University; Providence College; Bridgewater State College; Plymouth State College; Western Michigan University; Celtic Institute of North America