|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
has performed throughout New England including:
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