...plaintive, mesmerizing ... writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran...”

Rolling Stone


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News and musings

MidWest+ Tour 


I wanted to let you all know a little bit about what I’ve been up to. A new album is in the works.  I’ve been writing up a storm and will be heading into the studio to record in May.  But before all that, I also thought I’d let you know that I have a tour through the Midwest and beyond next week, as well as some upcoming summer dates.   Stay tuned also for new festival announcements!.


I have seen those parts of myself 
Kicked rocks down into the wells where 
bejeweled anger and bitterness 
sit in bearskin coats, rotting together 
maybe like veal gone bad or - 
some old priest with gangrene 

One red bird coasting through the air 
and who should stand below with a shotgun -
but the Queen 
and her dogs.

THANK YOU Credits for 'Nine Pin'! 

As the 'Nine Pin' record reaches its six month anniversary, I'd like to publicly thank some PledgeMusic backers who helped the record come to life:

Martin Nuttall at LITTLEgiants music
Anne Louise Genest
Mark Sustic
Sue & Rich Hanson
Carter Smith
Scott Tichenor
Paul Mischler


These Changing Times: The Paradox of the Global Awards System 

I first heard the news of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Lit Prize from my taxi driver, who saw I had an acoustic instrument in the trunk. Instead of talking about the weather, we talked about Dylan. I was surprised that he'd won, due to the nature of the award. We assured each other that it was (probably?) a Momentous Time in History. 

I grew up with Dylan's music, as many generation X, Y and Z kids did. He represented a time, a Greenwich Village era of free love and protest. In grade 7, our middle school…

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Utne Reader Features 'Saint Elizabeth' 

We're only three days into May and there are already many exciting things happening. Firstly, all Pledgers received the advance digital release of my new record 'Nine Pin' today! I'm so happy to get it out into the sound waves for you. If you haven't had a chance to contribute yet and want to get your hands on my album, become a Pledger here.

Secondly, 'Saint Elizabeth', one of the songs from my new album, is featured on The Utne Reader's May Music Sampler along with some stunning artists including Idris…

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Pre-Order my new album! 

It is with total excitement that I can finally announce my forthcoming record 'Nine Pin', a collection of 7 original songs and several traditional pieces. 

I am almost finished production and have partnered with PledgeMusic to offer a Pre-Order of the record, along with updates and exclusive content that I'm excited to offer friends and supporters. Thank you all for your continued support! Go check it out!  


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About Kaia

Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and the Canadian musical landscape than Kaia. Born in Montreal, Kaia has lived Winnipeg, Wakefield and, most recently, West Virginia, she now resides in Toronto. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report.  Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music the space where tradition and innovation intersect.

"...plaintive, mesmerizing...writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran..." -Rolling Stone

"You want some authenticity in your folk music or bluegrass – I give you Kaia Kater." -No Depression

"A star in the making..."
-Folk Alley

“...One of the most remarkable Canadian folk records in some time...Kater's music is somehow ancient and brand new at the same time.
-Tom Power, CBC Radio 2 
"Sorrow Bound is a remarkably assured debut album which both honours tradition and declares Kater’s credentials as a distinctive, original artist."  Steve Hunt - fRoots Magazine (UK) - October 2015

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