With her powerhouse vocals leading the way, 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 / Teaneck, NJ
Katherine Rondeau Bio
Katherine Rondeau is a full-throttle singer-songwriter who focuses her passion for classic folk music through a thoroughly modern lens. After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, she was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and warm, engaging personality. Selected as a 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Grassy Hill Emerging Artist, the folk world is taking note of her passionate songwriting and performance style.
How to describe Katherine's music? Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night. Her original songs draw audiences in and take them on journeys both real and imagined. Whether sharing stories of love lost and found, calling out robust anthems of peace and justice, or reimagining classic songs from the Folk Revival, there is no mistaking she has earned her place at the folk table.
Katherine has since made her mark at venues throughout the region including Godfrey Daniels, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, the Folk Project, World Cafe Live, Spring Gulch Folk Festival, Burlap and Bean, and as a 4-time Philadelphia Folk Festival performer (2015/16/17/18).
Katherine Rondeau’s voice holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form.
Justin Helmer, Frets, KVSC-FM / Minneapolis, MN
In 2017 Katherine earned a rare honor as a double showcaser at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA), selected for a Semi-Formal Showcase and a Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase (nominated by WFDU's Ron Olesko). Her 2016 release 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 is touring from New England through the Deep South this year, and whenever she's at home she's working on Unfortunate Point of View, a new full-length CD scheduled for release in early 2019,
Katherine's amazing voice makes the rafters ring! Her smooth, rich alto, combined with outstanding songwriting and guitar work, captivates the audience wherever she goes. Energy is her middle name.
Wanda Adams Fisher, WAMC-FM / Albany, NY
Katherine Rondeau Short Bios
No need for a formal introduction to the rootsy folk sound of Katherine Rondeau! A four-time Philadelphia Folk Festival performer (2015-2018), Katherine Rondeau's 's rich, silky voice combine with her powerful original songs and warm, bold personality to create a soulful folk experience you won't forget.
Put yourself in the heart of hardscrabble hills Appalachia – hear that strong, lyrical wail calling down from the mountain, and the steel ring of the guitar strings? If so, you’re hearing the unforgettable rootsy folk sound of Katherine Rondeau.
Katherine Rondeau is a bold voice in the folk world and Unfortunate Point of View showcases her strengths as a dynamic songwriter and singer. From songs with a conscience to tales of relationships gone wrong (or at least not quite right), her palette has colors to please both traditional and contemporary folk fans. Chris Kocher, WHRW-FM
There is a warmth and a strength to Rondeau’s singing and to her music in Unfortunate Point of View that keeps me looking forward to the next cut on the CD. Her choices in material, both her originals and well-interpreted covers, make for a fine release. Bill Revill, WESU-FM
Unfortunate Point Of View is steeped in Southern grit and style. Sometimes bluesy, sometimes wistful, Katherine's soulful voice takes us on a journey down winding back roads through the heart of Natchez Trace and beyond. Abby Parks, WLJS-FM
With her powerfully rich voice to lead the way, Katherine Rondeau delivers a rootsy performance that harkens back to the best of the Folk Revival with a modern style. Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM
Katherine Rondeau’s voice holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form. Justin Helmer, KVSC-FM
Katherine's amazing voice makes the rafters ring! Her smooth, rich alto, combined with outstanding songwriting and guitar work, captivates the audience wherever she goes. Energy is her middle name. Wanda Adams Fischer, WAMC-FM / Albany, NY
Katherine Rondeau’s voice holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form. Justin Helmer, Frets, KVSC-FM / Minneapolis, MN
It’s her material that really shines, in an understated manner that showcases her compelling voice and subtle arrangements... Read the Ink 19 review HERE...
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, inspiration, and fortitude...Strength and Soul in the words... Read the Alternate Root review HERE...
If you love a stellar performer with a remarkable voice in the folk / country genre, "New Hope Chateau" will fit the bill very nicely. Read the Audiophile Review.com article here...
New Hope Chateau...showcases her warm, inviting vocals and composing skills... Read The Nashville Blues Society review HERE...
A big bold voice that raises the roof with very little effort...Read the Midwest Record review HERE...
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 Chairman for the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway
Don't miss Katherine Rondeau's silky voice and beautiful playing. Be warned: she will mesmerize you!” Princeton Folk Music Society