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 warm, engaging performance style.
And what a voice it is! Iconic Folk DJ Rich Warren of WFMT’s Midnight Special program said it best: She possesses an amazing set of pipes and knows how to use them. Katherine’s soaring alto moves effortlessly through all facets of the folk genre – whether sharing a strong, haunting cry from an Appalachian-inspired murder ballad; leading a powerful, passionate call for social justice; or engaging her audiences to “join the choir” in a rousing singalong.
Her 2019 release Unfortunate Point of View features seven original songs and four folk classics (including the #1 original song in January), was one of the Top 10 most-played albums on on the Folk Alliance Folk DJ charts, with one full year on the charts. More than 20 Folk DJs across the country listed Katherine's self-produced album on their weekly top ten lists, and the accolades don’t stop there. Katherine Rondeau’s voice holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form. (Justin Helmer, KVSC)
Introducing herself to audiences at esteemed festivals and venues around the country has become one of Katherine’s favorite pastimes! She’s a three-time performer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has had multiple appearances at Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Groove in the Grove (Vasa Park, NJ), the Ladybug Festival (Wilmington, DE). She’s also headlined at iconic folk venues including Godfrey Daniels, World Café Live, Isis Music Hall, Burlap and Bean, and the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club.
In 2018 Katherine was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Grassy Hill Emerging Artist, and she has received multiple juried showcases at Folk Alliance regional conferences across the country, including a repeat Semi-Formal showcase at this year’s Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference. Katherine Rondeau is a bold voice in the folk world and Unfortunate Point of View showcases her strengths as a dynamic songwriter and singer. (Chris Kocher, WHRW)
Whether sharing stories of love lost and found, calling out robust anthems of peace and justice, or reimagining classic songs from the Folk Revival, there is no mistaking that Katherine Rondeau has earned her place at the folk table.
50 Word Bios
No need for a formal introduction to the rootsy folk sound of Katherine Rondeau! With a top ten folk album of 2019 Katherine's rich voice, powerful original songs, and bold personality create a soulful folk experience you won't forget. "She possesses an amazing set of pipes and knows how to use them." Rich Warren, Midnight Special
Katherine Rondeau’s soaring alto moves effortlessly through all facets of the folk genre – whether sharing a haunting cry from a haunting Appalachian murder ballad or engaging audiences in a rousing, feel-good singalong."One of the finest voices in folk music. A top 10 of 2019." Ron Olesko, Folk Music Notebook
One Line Bios
Katherine Rondeau is a full-throttle folk singer-songwriter with a big, bold voice whose acclaimed 2019 album Unfortunate Point of View is a top ten album of the year on the FAI Folk DJ charts.
With her top ten album (FAI Folk DJ charts) selected as a 2019 favorite by acclaimed Folk DJs across the country, "Katherine Rondeau is a bold voice in the folk world and Unfortunate Point of View showcases her strengths as a dynamic songwriter and singer." Chris Kocher, WHRW
Possessing one of the finest voices in folk music, with Unfortunate Point of View Katherine has created her finest work to date. A top 10 favorite of 2019. Ron Olesko, Folk Music Notebook
Katherine Rondeau is a bold voice in the folk world and Unfortunate Point of View showcases her strengths as a dynamic songwriter and singer. From songs with a conscience to tales of relationships gone wrong (or at least not quite right), her palette has colors to please both traditional and contemporary folk fans. Chris Kocher, WHRW-FM
There is a warmth and a strength to Rondeau’s singing and to her music in Unfortunate Point of View that keeps me looking forward to the next cut on the CD. Her choices in material, both her originals and well-interpreted covers, make for a fine release. Bill Revill, WESU-FM
Katherine Rondeau has subtly added to her sound on her second release, Unfortunate Point of View, adding an old-time, bluegrass touch with mandolin and banjo, and like her New Hope Chateau from 2016, it’s her songwriting and strong voice that carries the day. Ink19
Unfortunate Point of View is steeped in Southern grit and style. Sometimes bluesy, sometimes wistful, Katherine's soulful voice takes us on a journey down winding back roads through the heart of Natchez Trace and beyond. Abby Parks, WLJS-FM
I reviewed Rondeau's first work released under her own name, New Hope Chateau, and found it to be a magnificent debut work. My opinion of Unfortunate Point of View, her second release, is no less effusive. Were I to say that folk based music can also have a "catchy" tune, would that make any sense at all? Yet that is exactly what I found in Rondeau's second release. Her voice is no less spectacular than before. Hailing from Philadelphia, not especially the bastion for folk based music, Rondeau delivers eleven tracks that while technically folk styled, have interesting enough arrangements that one not especially given to folk music would certainly find pleasing and very listenable. Rondeau, through her first two, self released works, has established herself as a national force in folk music. However, after listening to "Unfortunate," I'd say she is really much more. She's just good. Audiophilereview.com
Katherine's amazing voice makes the rafters ring! Her smooth, rich alto, combined with outstanding songwriting and guitar work, captivates the audience wherever she goes. Energy is her middle name. Wanda Adams Fischer, WAMC-FM / Albany, NY
Katherine Rondeau’s voice holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form. Justin Helmer, Frets, KVSC-FM / Minneapolis, MN
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
Don't miss Katherine Rondeau's silky voice and beautiful playing. Be warned: she will mesmerize you! Princeton Folk Music Society