Kate was destined to be a musician ever since she was in the womb, when her father would play his trumpet with the bell pressed against her mother's pregnant tummy. Formal music training didn't begin, however, until Kate was 4 years old and started taking violin lessons. Her Scottish and Newfoundland heritage quickly emerged when Kate found a love for fiddle music. Balancing both styles throughout her life, she has released two solo CDs, represented Newfoundland at the National Music Festival in 2009, completed a B.Mus in violin performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Master’s in solo violin performance from McGill University. Kate also has a love for jazz music, and released a CD of vocal standards in August, 2009, which was nominated for jazz album and female vocalist of the year at the PEI Music Awards the following year.
Kate's career in violin has taken her to Russia with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra, across Canada twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, to China for the World Expo 2010 with rock band, Hey Rosetta!, playing with Michael Bublé at the 2010 JUNO Awards, and playing Concertmaster under Maestro Kent Nagano in 2011. Since moving to Montreal, Kate has enjoyed the many performance opportunities that have come her way. She is a member of Montreal-based women’s choir, Concerto Della Donna, and is heavily involved with the newly formed all-female string quartet, Birds On A Wire, comprised of classically trained players sharing an interest in other musical styles such as celtic, bluegrass, rock and jazz, and dedicated to stretching the boundaries of typical string quartet playing. Kate studies with Mark Fewer in Montreal, teaches privately, and freelances with various symphonies and chamber groups around Montreal and Canada. She has most recently performed chamber music with Joel Quarrington, Steven Dann, Marc Johnson, Mark Fewer and Andrew Burashko at the Festival of the Sound in Ontario, and Sound Symposium in Newfoundland.
Being both a violinist and fiddler has provided Kate with unique performance opportunities, giving her a wealth of knowledge to share with the music community as a whole. With an educational background in fiddling, she spent numerous summers attending fiddle programs in Cape Breton, Scotland, and most recently Boston at the Mark O’Connor/Berklee String Program. Past experience has also included being violin mentor at the Canada Games 2009, which involved giving private lessons and masterclasses to young musicians across the country. Kate’s skills as a fiddler have allowed her to pursue acting work in productions such as Follow the Fiddler in PEI during the summer of 2009. She has most recently been selected as a featured artist on the Atlantic Music Maritime Rising Stars compilation CD to be released in March 2013. Kate's newest trio project, Tree Talk, blends Celtic, traditional and original compositions to create a unique and modern sound. With a new take on traditional music, loop pedals, drum solos and fiery fiddling all come together to make up the captivating sound of Tree Talk. The trio features Kate on fiddle and vocals, Thomas Carbou on guitar and vocals and Jim Doxas on drums and percussion. They will be releasing their first self-titled album in the spring of 2013. She is thrilled to be teaching fiddle with the Siamsa team!