Native Irish Singer
Born and raised in Cavan, Ireland, music was a huge part of family life. Now an Irish rover the South over,
Kathleen wants you to share in her rich world of songs, stories and poetry from the traditional fireside
hearth of her people.
“My late father, James, often hosted our neighbors and friends for “ceilidhs”, the all-night music parties of
rural Ireland where everyone had to take a turn entertaining. Every St. Stephen’s day (Boxing Day) my
siblings and I would go out to ‘bury the wren’ – a sort of informal musical tour to the home of many music
lovers of the area. We did not have television, Internet or home theater then, but we had a home-grown
Hollywood” she says.
A business graduate at University College Galway, Kathleen moved to the South in the mid ‘80’s where she
found an incredible opportunity to share her Irish music. When asked if she misses Ireland, she cheerfully
replies “My music keeps me so grounded in my culture and I love to perform. You get the same feeling in
Charlotte or Chattanooga as you do in Donegal or in Cork: the same family values, friendliness and
She has stayed in touch with her roots with regular music trips back to Ireland, including representing the
United States as a finalist in All-Ireland traditional Irish singing competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Her debut CD Irish Songs You’ll Love showcases a blend of traditional and contemporary songs. It
demonstrates her wide-ranging repertoire and conveys the unique spirit of her live performances.
Whether it is plaintive love songs, political ballads, unfamiliar comic songs, songs of emigration and songs
that evoke a picturesque Ireland – Kathleen inhabits all with her inimitable verve! She has also performed
as a duet with harper/ flutist Debra Peterson.
Among her favorite singing artists are Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Van Morrison, The Corrs, The Clancy
Brothers & Tommy Makem, and Eilis Kennedy. She is a huge admirer of wit as heard from such classic
favorites as Andy M. Stewart and Christy Moore.
Kathleen has tirelessly promoted live Irish music, dances and language, and most recently served on the
board of Ireland in Dixie, the largest Irish music event ever held in Atlanta. Speaking of dance, Kathleen
can collaborate with top class Irish step dancers, and can teach your friends or patrons a step or two.
Kathleen can guarantee you a lovely Irish evening at your venue or event whether private party, concert,
festival, restaurant, club, pub, baby shower, wedding, retirement home, wake or hooley!
Atlanta's Only Native Irish Folk Singer