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

Rolling Stone


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News and musings

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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New UK Booking Agency 

This week I'’ll be travelling to Folk Alliance International for some showcases and ‘folk family’ time! I am excited to be ramping up for the May release of my new album, Nine Pin, and thrilled to announce that I will be working with Mark Anstey from Unique Gravity, a UK booking agency. I am so stoked to be a part of this amazing roster of artists.  

Hope to see you this week in Kansas City and this summer in the UK! 

New album in May and big thanks to fRoots 

A big thanks to fRoots for a fun interview, and for giving me the chance to talk about 'Nine Pin' my new album due in May 2016.  Can't wait to share the new songs!

Ear to the Ground on The Roots Channel 

The wonderful team at Beehive Productions have started a new series called 'Ear to the Ground' and I am delighted to be a part of it. 

Do please check out the video below, The Roots Channel and the entire 'Ear to the Ground' project. The folks at Beehive work to support independent music and this is a fantastic, high-quality original film series on the music and community that mean so much to us all. Spread the word!   Ear to the Ground

Sharing Songs on Folk Alley  

While on tour this summer, I had a chance to visit with the Folk Alley team in Saranac Lake, NY.   It was wonderful to chat with Linda Fahey, and to get to know the Beehive Productions team, who were wonderful hosts.  Click below for video that came out of those sessions - or better yet, join FolkAlley.com to download the content.


Sorrow Bound hits the UK 

A big thanks to fRoots Magazine for the kind words in reviewing Sorrow Bound and for adding "Southern Girl" to the Album Choice playlist for October 2015. I am flattered, and I learned a new word from the review (leonine). Can't wait to bring my music to the UK soon!

A shout out also to Kingswood RecordsSpinCount and Hearth Music for helping to make this all possible.

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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

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