Kate Mesmer

Kate Mesmer

 Westfield, Massachusetts, USA

Singer-songwriter Kate Mesmer has a "smoky, Joni Mitchell-ish voice." Her sets are a beautiful and energized mix of folk, pop, and jazz.


Kate Mesmer is a pianist and guitar player; it is, however, her gorgeous alto voice that first captures listeners. An award-winning songwriter and Kerrville New Folk finalist, Kate's songs have also been used in numerous video presentations.

Kate completed the recording of her first CD, Lifeline, in Nashville, Tennessee. The recording was produced by bass/cello player Ron de la Vega. It features percussionist Pat McInerney and pianist James Hooker. Pat and James are members of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra. Other musicians featured include guitar player Steven Sheehan, Irish pipes wizard and guitarist John Mock. Additional vocals were provided by Nashville songwriters Billy Montana and Tom Kimmel.

The basic tracks of Lifeline were recorded "live to tape" with minimal overdubs to preserve the spontaneous sound and feel of a live acoustic performance. Lifeline includes nine original songs, and Kate's beautiful cover of the traditional folk song, "The Water is Wide."

Kate has performed at clubs, festivals, and colleges throughout the United States and Europe. Selected performances include appearances at venues including The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Eddie's Attic in Atlanta, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, Rosebud in Pittsburgh, Club Passim in Cambridge, Princeton University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Syracuse University, Duquesne University, Oxford University, Trinity College (Dublin), The Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and The Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh.


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"In the Eyes of a Child"

Set List

A typical set of 30 to 45 minutes includes a combination of original material and cover material. I have covered artists such as James Taylor, Tom Kimmel, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin-Carpenter.