Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeod

 
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Kate's songs have been recorded by artists from California to the Czech Republic. She's been named among the "Ten Acts to Watch" by editors of the MusicHound Folk Essential Album Guide. Her original music, both songs and fiddle instrumentals are an important link between traditional music and cutting edge contemporary.

Biography

Kate MacLeod
STYLE: Americana/Fiddler/Songwriter. Tours with accompanist James Scott, from Nashville, TN.

NEW! Songbook - Kate MacLeod: A Collection of Songs. Dream Garden Press, 2016.

UPCOMING RECORDINGS - Original Violin/Fiddle Instrumental CD. Original Music Inspired by Home State of Utah.

LATEST RECORDING: Released March 21, 2014. 
"Kate MacLeod - At Ken Sanders Rare Books" is a collection of original songs inspired by books, recorded in concert at a bookstore. 

*Sing Out! Magazine says Kate "channels the spirit of the great Carter Family classics," while Kate has been compared to many influential artists of her genre including Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, Richard Thompson and Emmylou Harris.

*Awarded by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association as Best Songwriter and Best Fiddler in 2011, 2012 and again in 2014.

Read about Kate's music workshops and outreach programs on her main website at... www.KateMacLeod.com/press_workshops.html.

Kate MacLeod's highly acclaimed songs often precede her on stages across the country as other artists perform them. Kate is a prolific songwriter and fiddle player who has taught and performed for workshops, concert programs, summer camps and music festivals since her 1995 debut recording, produced by the late Charles Sawtelle of the famed bluegrass group, Hot Rize. Since then, her songs have been covered by other artists from California to the Czech Republic in folk, bluegrass and roots music genres. Her previous solo recording was produced by Grammy-winning musician Tim O'Brien from which the song "Something Left You Living" was featured on NPR's syndicated song showcase "What's in a Song." Blooming features Tim O'Brien along with additional musicians Darrell Scott, Byron House and Kenny Malone. It is described as "a gorgeous and spellbinding album" by David Burger of the Salt Lake Tribune. Kate's songs are biographical, historical, philosophical and humanistic. In addition to performing her own compositions, she is a sought after vocalist, fiddler and guitar player, working regularly with other artists. Her fiddle playing is derived from the study of many traditional folk styles in addition to classical training from where she has developed a unique expression with the instrument.
Based in the Intermountain West, she has been recognized as an outstanding artist by the Utah Arts Council, City Search, City Weekly and voted in 2011 and '12 by the IAMA as Best Songwriter and Best Fiddler. Kate's songs have been featured on syndicated radio shows including A Prairie Home Companion, River City Folk, and the holiday program hosted by Judy Collins, Peace on Earth." Her songs find new life through other musicians at jam sessions and performances throughout the country.
Kate occasionally takes time to produce recordings for other artists, including two recordings for songwriter Anke Summerhill and an upcoming release from the Americana group Triggers and Slips. She also produced a Utah Phillips tribute recording featuring various musicians from the region in and around the state of Utah. For information about the Utah Phillips recording see: www.thelongmemory.com.

In 2011, Kate, along with duo partner Kat Eggleston, released a duo recording, Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston - Lost and Found. This is the duo's second full-length recording.

PERFORMING WITH: In addition to her solo work, Kate performs with pianist Robin Spielberg's American Tapestry.

MORE FUN NEWS: Hear Kate's songs recorded by other artists..."New Homeland," recorded by roots musician Rose Laughlin, and "Lark in the Morning" by artists Laurie Lewis and Mollie O'Brien.

Lyrics

Lark in the Morning

Written By: Kate MacLeod

Published on "Trying to Get it Right"
Dist. by Waterbug Records
copyright Kate MacLeod, Courier Music, ASCAP

I sing of lost love
Losing the time, letting it go free
Lark in the morning
Another day before me
I know that your love
Wasn't born on a promise for me
Lark in the morning, let it go free
But my eyes, my eyes
Take me back to the scene of love

My heart grows weary
With no word from a lover
Lark in the morning
Another day before me
Your love is gone
Most likely to some other
Lark in the morning, let it go free
But my eyes, my eyes, take me back

I see no others
And my nights are no more fun
Lark in the morning
Another day before me
I'm making peace
With losing a loved one
Lark in the morning, let it go free
But my eyes, my eyes
Take me back to the scene of love
My eyes, my eyes

The Annual Menhaden

Written By: Kate MacLeod

The Annual Menhaden
Copyright Kate MacLeod
Courier Music, ASCAP
On recordings:
Feel the Earth Spin
Drawn from the Well

Praise the Atlantic
The Montauk Sound
And the ghost of a chance
Of making a living, being a fisherman
Doing that seasonal dance
Hauling, hauling, hauling in the annual menhaden

It was once a year for the spring haul
When out of the earth came the need for menhaden
They're taking it inland to make the corn crops
So much better for the sake of them all
By hauling, hauling, hauling in the annual menhaden

CHORUS
How many of them did it take
How many of them did it take
It took forty or fifty men hoping that the net won't break
And never did one stand alone

It was early in the morning to late in the day
Usually cold in the dusting of the spray
But somewhere between the hardline and what had to give
And the men that were lost that would haunt all the rest of them
Everyone helped and the sea gave a way for them
Sun on the water, new hope for the day

(CHORUS)

Potter's Wheel

Written By: Kate MacLeod

Potter's Wheel copyright 2001, Kate MacLeod, Courier Music

I was born to be raised like the wheat in the field
Like the wheat in the field I was tossed by the rain and the wind
Until all of the threshing and sparks burned a hole in my bin
So driven by a potter's wheel

I remember the walks on the safe side of town
How the scent of the lilacs and gardens did fill the air
Until a starved man did choose that place to lie down
Then a potter turned me into clay

Na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na

Since then the hands on the clock they seem so small
No more pulling my hair out to beat the deadline of success
No more wringing my hands over things that don't matter at all
So driven by the grind wheel

How can a farmhand rest when the wheat is so tall
And you're hearing the cries in the night from some far off town
We're all wondering when will the lie, lie down
So driven by the grind wheel
So driven by a potter's wheel
So driven by the grind wheel

Autumn

Written By: Kate MacLeod

Autumn copyright 2005, Kate MacLeod, Courier Music, ASCAP

It took a long time to lace the long vines
Among the forest wood
It took a long time to make the apple wine
To make the apple good
It took some time
To get to know
Your enchanted ways
Your warm breath on my face
Visits in the night
A love story
A good story
A story to unwind
And like the moon
Like the apple
Reflects the perfect time

CHORUS
All of the leaves are turning
Red, gold, and shades of autumn
Red, gold, and shades of autumn
Now

Between the trees
The deer eyes reflect the car lights
As we drive home
The turning of the trees
The falling of the leaves
A scramble to be warm
It's in your look
And in your clothes
And in your tousled hair
The first fire
The warm scent
Of autumn that you wear
See how we work together
In the shortening of the days
See how we work together
In the making of our bed

CHORUS

The turning of the trees
The falling of the leaves
The birds up in the sky
The way you look at me
The way you catch the wind
The way you catch my eye
It took some time
To get to know
The nature of the heart
Sometimes warm
Sometimes cool
Sometimes
See how we work together
In the shortening of the days
See how we love together
Imagine all of the time

CHORUS

The Day is Mine

Written By: Kate MacLeod

The Day is Mine

I was born on a spring day
The wind was howling change
Through the lover’s lives
A crocus was peaking trough the snow
The moment met
With the opening of my eyes

CHORUS
Someday I will turn
My gaze into a tunnel of light
Until that time
When I am swept away
The day is mine

Now every step I take
Is a wild one
That I make willingly
I cannot leave without accounting
For my stay
And my dancing feet

What I do with a minute or two
How I raise my stakes
A little higher
Who I love when the sun goes down
How I hope
To wake inspired

copyright Kate MacLeod Courier Music, ASCAP, 2009

Blooming

Written By: Kate MacLeod

Blooming

On the side of a hill
I see in blazing colors
What was not there yesterday
And may not be tomorrow
Someone to love
The evening primrose
An apple blossom
A wild bush and a sparrow
All have risked the frost
To find their place in the sunshine
A promise or a loss
With the coming of the springtime
And everything is blooming
Blooming, don’t go

From the highway
The hills are glowing
To be so bold
To think that this is true love
We’ll drive for miles
For a smile the morning
And then imagine
Where we are going
I have risked the frost
To find my place in the sunshine
I have loved and lost before
But still believe in springtime
Everything is blooming,
Blooming, don’t go

And if we have
Fresh air
Longer days
And room for growing
We could buy an acre
And set it free
See a fawn
And love that newborn feeling
And feel the frost
To know the warmth of the sunshine
I will love and lose myself
To wear the colors of the springtime
Everything is blooming
Blooming, don’t go

As Far as the Heart Can See

Written By: Kate MacLeod and Robert K. Wolf

As Far as the Heart Can See
Co-written by Kate MacLeod and Robert K. Wolf
Copyright 2009, Courier Music ASCAP

Look at you
So much like me
Yet your time
Is not like mine
As you stare at your horizon
Go untethered
Go undaunted
Know a light will shine

Chorus
As far as the heart can see
As far as the soul can say
I know my little bird can fly
As far as the wind can sigh

Don’t forget
This chain of gold
Wrap it around
Your rear view mirror
Take it now
For luck in leaving
With the money from your summer job
And some words from me

Chorus

Regardless of the long and short
The broken hearts
The slamming doors
I hope you will be brave and bold

Chorus 2X

Love In and Out of Time

Written By: Kate MacLeod

Love In and Out of Time

I'll give you my lonely heart
It is the only one I have
And I am only me
When in the the present or our past
Our future always asks
That we will always be

CHORUS
In love, in and out of time
If our broken rhymes can fool the world
Then time can lead us to together

As sure as the meadow where we met
One of us is there, when the other's bare and bleeding
We've traveled years without regret
Sometimes in misstep
Other times in grieving

CHORUS

Paper wings and silver bands say
That in its secret way, love comes from somewhere else
As it holds us to a day
We become as one
As we becomes ourselves

If love must be scattered over time
If we're lost, or if we die
Memories avail us
Somewhere in the crossing of the lines
In the questions of the mind
The truth has never failed us

CHORUS

Blue Highways

Written By: Kate MacLeod

Blue Highways
(Song and title used by permission of William Least Heat-Moon, author of the book Blue Highways.)

A E D A
My name is William Least Heat Moon
E F#m D A
I've seen America out on the by-roads
B E
Roads that you travel when you are lost
D A E D
I've quenched my thirst and prayed against the worst
A E D
Searching for six calendar cafes
A E A
Out on the blue highways

Some say the old ways are far behind
I'd say there're more living old ways than new ways
It takes the blue highways to show you the signs
I've seen first hand destruction of the land
Third degree, second and worse
Out on the blue highways

There's quicksilver lightning and old ghost towns
People have come and gone, Ghost Dancin' going' on
Seems like I know all of the folks here by name
With sugar running, fish in the rain
And monks in the mountains
Out on the blue highways

The least I have come to know are how my thoughts in a circle go
East by northwest, west by southeast
Signs of life in whoever you meet
With miles of highway there at my feet
I've been looking for some common ground
Out on the blue highways

(I Love You Is) Sometimes a Sound

Written By: Kate MacLeod

(I Love You Is) Sometimes a Sound
Lost and Found - Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston

I love you, I love you
I hear you say I love you
You want to say I love you
You want for me to say it, too
But I love you is sometimes a sound
A better sentence could be
How do I love you
How do I know you
How do I lift you up
How do I not let you down
If I love you is mostly a sound

I might have lost some of my hearing
From listening to noise too long
You can turn a head with a word
But turn a life around with a love that's strong

Now what about the playground
And the children of any town
And the barroom and the courtroom
And the music of the wedding gowns
If I love you is sometimes a sound

Could be that the words are just too easy
Could be that some of the meaning is lost
Could be someone's interpretation
Could be a subject of fiction or too high a cost

I love you, I love you
The whole world says I love you
Meanwhile someone waits and waits
And waits and waits for love
Because I love you is sometimes a sound

The still small voice that moves me
Is softer than a heart that pounds
And the sweet chords of our longing
Become distorted when we bring them down

?I love you, I love you
I hear you say I love you
You want to say I love you
You want for me to say it, too
But I love is sometimes a sound
A better sentence could be
How do I love you
How do I know you
How do I lift you up
How do I not let you down
If I love you is mostly a sound

Discography

*NEW* Kate MacLeod - At Ken Sanders Rare Books. A collection of songs inspired by books that spans 30 years of songwriting.

SEE: www.TheLongMemory.com. Kate produced a Utah Phillips tribute recording featuring regional musicians.

Download Kate's single "Wyoming Dove".
Available for download at Great Indie Music, www.greatindiemusic.com and CDBaby.com. This song is a fundraiser, for further information see www.katemacleod.com.

Trying to Get it Right, 1995, Waterbug Records
Constant Emotion, 1997, Waterbug Records
Feel the Earth Spin, 2001, Wind River/Folk Era
Drawn from the Well, 2002, Wind River/Folk Era
Breakfast, 2005, Waterbug
Blooming, 2009, Waterbug
Lost and Found, 2011, Waterbug
For Listening Samples go to www.waterbug.com and look for Kate MacLeod

Set List

Performances generally showcase Kate MacLeod's original songs and instrumentals, incorporating some traditional American or Celtic music. Kate's signature fiddle playing is also part of the performance.