Passionate and full of conviction, with a big voice and and even bigger spirit...Katherine Rondeau is a singer-songwriter with an unforgettable style.
A New Jersey native, Katherine burst onto the Philly folk scene in 2015. Her debut CD New Hope Chateau hit the top 20 on the Folk DJ charts with a #9 song and received kudos from folk DJs and journalists alike. A "Rich's Pick" from the legendary Midnight Special radio program, the Midwest Record wrote: She's got a big bold voice that raises the roof with very little effort. Her compelling story songs take on a myriad of themes, from love lost and love preserved to robust political anthems.
Katherine Rondeau delivers a rootsy performance that harkens back to the best of the Folk Revival with a modern style. Ron Olesko, Traditions, WFDU-FM
How to describe Katherine's music? Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night. Whether headlining or sharing the stage with folk icons including Christine Lavin, Joe Jencks, Garnet Rogers,,Tracy Grammer, and Bill Staines, Katherine's performances are flush with emotion and soul.
Katherine has performed at iconic folk venues including Godfrey Daniels, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, The Folk Project, World Cafe Live, MusikFest, Burlap and Bean, and as a 3-time Philadelphia Folk Festival performer (2015/16/17).
In 2017 Katherine earned a rare honor as a double showcaser at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA). Named as a Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase performer (nominated by WFDU's Ron Olesko) AND a Semi-Formal Showcaser, she is being recognized for the depth and power of her songwriting and performance and is touring throughout the US in 2018.
There is a siren inside of songs of Katherine Rondeau on her latest release, New Hope Chateau. Her vocals are flames for fluttering moths of tenderness... Strength and Soul in the words. The Alternate Root
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 Chair, Folk Project Acoustic Getaway