String quartet, orchestral, ceilidh, jazz, pop, all genres. Gigs & recording. Great sight-reader & improviser. Own gear & transport.
Performance with Head Over Reels
This band were incredible! For a mixed audience of English/Scottish guests they tailored the evening well to suit all and ensure everyone was on the dance floor from the first dance! Everyone from the party has expressed how good it was - especially those who have never been to a ceilidh before. Thank You all for making my birthday a wonderful night to remember.
Cumbrian-born multi-instrumentalist Kathleen, began learning music aged 3, when her mother taught her recorder. This was soon followed by piano and violin, and in her early teens she took up alto sax too. Her formative years were spent playing in orchestras, ceilidh bands, jazz big-band, carnival band, and singing with choirs, enjoying a childhood frequenting folk festivals with her family. Kathleen went on to study violin at the Royal Northern College of Music. She then joined western swing band The Swing Commanders, with whom she sang and played fiddle, sax, and keyboard for several years, touring the UK, Europe, and the US (including Texas – the home of Western Swing). She has also built a reputation as one of Manchester's leading freelance violinists, playing with numerous string quartets throughout the north of England. Her orchestral experience is considerable too, having worked with Lancashire Sinfonietta, and continuing to play regularly with National Festival Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Folk music has always been a big part of Kathleen's life, so she likes to get out to sessions, and enjoys gigging with local ceilidh bands The Mouse's Nest, and Head Over Reels. She now tours regularly with BBC Folk Award winners The Unthanks, having enjoyed a UK tour and full festival season with them last year, including a performance on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Kathleen loves working with children, and is delighted to now be running the northern branch of Classical Babies, providing chamber music recitals for parent and baby to enjoy in an informal setting with soft flooring and toys for the babies, and coffee and cake for the adults. A true music enthusiast, Kathleen loves to perform in a wide variety of musical settings, as comfortable playing with an orchestra or string quartet as she is singing in a jazz club. In her free time she loves to bake and knit, and is a keen runner.
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