Kate Callahan

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Kate Callahan is the 16th Connecticut State Troubadour. Connecticut is one of the only states in the nation that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position. Callahan will serve as an ambassador of music and song and promote cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens.

Callahan is a beloved singer-songwriter in her home state and has held many titles. The 16thState Troubadour has been named a Woman of Character by the Hartford Courant, Best Singer-Songwriter by the Connecticut Music Awards, Featured Artist of the Year by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Best Solo Performer by the Hartford Advocate.

Also a 2015 New England Music Award nominee, Callahan, has five albums including her 2014 release Two Doors, which was featured on WNPR’s Where We Live. The Boston Globe says, “Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics.”

Kate is a natural performer. Her stage 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 was a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2014. In 2015 she studied vocal improvisation and Circlesongs with Bobby McFerrin and his incredible staff. 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.”

Since the turn of the millennium, Kate has won the Hartford Advocate’s “Best Solo Performer” award three times. She was also awarded the Hartford Courant’s “Woman of Character Award” for her involvement in schools and on stages and met Jane Fonda when she received that award. The Greater Hartford Arts Council chose Kate as the prestigious United Arts Campaign’s Featured Music Artist of 2014. She has appeared on WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show to talk about the rise of folk music, Connecticut’s Hartfolk Festival, and the her personal experience with the healing power of music. She has also appeared on WNPR’s Where We Live discussing the music of Joni Mitchell, the Mitchell inspired book Gathered Light, and also in promotion of her album Two Doors.