Katherine Rondeau is a full-throttle singer-songwriter who focuses her passion for classic folk music through a thoroughly modern lens. After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, she was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and engaging performance style. Katherine has since claimed her place at venues throughout the region including Godfrey Daniels, World Cafe Live, MusikFest, Burlap and Bean, Folk Project, and as a 3-time Philadelphia Folk Festival performer (2015/16/17).
How to describe Katherine's music? Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night. Her original songs draw audiences in and take them on journeys both real and imagined. Whether headlining or sharing the stage with others like Joe Jencks, Garnet Rogers, and Tracy Grammer, Katherine’s shows lead listeners through a gamut of experiences and emotions.
Katherine's 2016 release New Hope Chateau hit the top 20 on the Folk DJ charts with a #9 song and received kudos from folk DJs and journalists alike. A "Rich's Pick" from the legendary Midnight Special radio program, the Midwest Record wrote: She's got a big bold voice that raises the roof with very little effort. Her compelling story songs take on a myriad of themes, from love lost and love preserved to robust political anthems
In 2017 Katherine teamed up with trad string wizard Smiling Ed and upright bassist Donna Bostock to form the power folk trio Katherine Rondeau & The Show. They earned a rare honor as a double showcaser at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA). Named as a Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase performer (nominated by WFDU's Ron Olesko) AND a Semi-Formal Showcaser, she is being recognized for the depth and power of her songwriting and performance and is gearing up for East Coast and Southeast tours in 2018.
Katherine Rondeau delivers a rootsy performance that harkens back to the best of the Folk Revival with a modern style. Ron Olesko, Traditions, WFDU-FM
There is a siren inside of songs of Katherine Rondeau on her latest release, New Hope Chateau. Her vocals are flames for fluttering moths of tenderness... Strength and Soul in the words. The Alternate Root
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 Chair, Folk Project Acoustic Getaway