A back-to-back Philadelphia Folk Festival performer (2015 & 2016), Katherine Rondeau's musical path builds on a broad range of influences – from Odetta and Jean Ritchie to Lucinda Williams and Meiko.  From her earliest concerts held on suburban NJ sidewalks to current haunts like Godfrey Daniels, the Folk Project, Mermaid Inn, Burlap & Bean, and Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Katherine's folk roots are at the foundation of every performance. 

How to describe Katherine's music?  Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night.  Her songs – honest, rousing, reeling – come up from her bones and get translated straight through her heart.  As both a headliner and performer sharing the stage with others like Tracy Grammer, Mustard’s Retreat, and Lizanne Knott, Katherine’s shows lead listeners through a gamut of experiences and emotions. 

Whether she’s expressing the regret of love revisited in “I Won’t Let You Break My Heart Again,” invoking a mournful Appalachian ballad in “Broken Bird,” or rousing the crowd with a new-school folkie protest song like “Raise Up Your Hand,” Katherine’s shows linger on audiences’ minds long after the stage lights have dimmed.  The Princeton Folk Song Society may have said it best: “Don't miss Katherine Rondeau's silky voice and beautiful playing. Be warned: she will mesmerize you!”

New Hope Chateau, Katherine's first fully-produced full-length CD, is nearing completion at MorningStar Studios and scheduled for release in late 2016.  Katherine’s first full East Coast tour is in the works for Spring 2017!  For info and upcoming concert dates visit katherinerondeau.com.
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Katherine delivered the in-your-face power of the rousing anthem and the exquisite pain of the love lost ballad with equal assuredness, masterful technique, and an emotional sincerity that connected each of us directly to her heart.  A must see!
Mark Schaffer, Programming Chairman for the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway

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