...plaintive, mesmerizing ... writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran...”

Rolling Stone



News and musings

Utne Reader Features 'Saint Elizabeth' 

We're only three days into May and there are already many exciting things happening. Firstly, all Pledgers received the advance digital release of my new record 'Nine Pin' today! I'm so happy to get it out into the sound waves for you. If you haven't had a chance to contribute yet and want to get your hands on my album, become a Pledger here.

Secondly, 'Saint Elizabeth', one of the songs from my new album, is featured on The Utne Reader's May Music Sampler along with some stunning artists including Idris…

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Pre-Order my new album! 

It is with total excitement that I can finally announce my forthcoming record 'Nine Pin', a collection of 7 original songs and several traditional pieces. 

I am almost finished production and have partnered with PledgeMusic to offer a Pre-Order of the record, along with updates and exclusive content that I'm excited to offer friends and supporters. Thank you all for your continued support! Go check it out!  


Poetry Out Loud West Virginia 

I am home in Elkins, and reflecting on having been invited to play Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. It was incredible to see the talent coming out of West Virginia. I met and heard young, vibrant, amazing people from almost every county in the state. West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman gave us some of his poetry, interspersed with beautiful homages to the words of Irene McKinney and Louise McNeill, two of my favourite Appalachian poets. 

Everyday I am thankful to get to know the…

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Poetry Out Loud in Charleston WV 

I'm back and rested up from an amazing Folk Alliance International​ gathering; thanks everyone who made it another memorable and productive conference.   I am now getting ready to head to Charleston WV for the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud Contest, where I have been invited to perform. I am so excited to play for the students involved in this celebration of poetry!  

I am equally excited that West Virginia native, actor/director Chris Sarandon​ (The Princess Bride, Dog Day Afternoons) is going to…

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'Rising Down' Black Theatre Network Performance w/ Katharine Manor

Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL

Opening the 30th Black Theatre Network Conference (Black Thoughts: Future Forward) at the historical Goodman Theatre with a collaborative West African, Tap & Drum piece w/ live original music off Nine Pin. Choreographed by Ms. Laurie Goux. Dancers: myself, Katharine Manor.

Kingsville Folk Festival

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Lakeside Park, Kingsville, ON

Delighted to be part of such a great line-up for this festival.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival

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The Henkel Lavender Farm, Grafton, ON

This is a wonderful grassroots festival, I am thrilled to be a part of the 2016 line-up. Preparing for many campground picking sessions!

About Kaia

Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and the Canadian musical landscape than Kaia. Born in Montreal, Kaia has lived Winnipeg, Wakefield and, most recently, West Virginia, she now resides in Toronto. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report.  Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music the space where tradition and innovation intersect.

"...plaintive, mesmerizing...writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran..." -Rolling Stone

"You want some authenticity in your folk music or bluegrass – I give you Kaia Kater." -No Depression

"A star in the making..."
-Folk Alley

“...One of the most remarkable Canadian folk records in some time...Kater's music is somehow ancient and brand new at the same time.
-Tom Power, CBC Radio 2 
"Sorrow Bound is a remarkably assured debut album which both honours tradition and declares Kater’s credentials as a distinctive, original artist."  Steve Hunt - fRoots Magazine (UK) - October 2015