A November to Remember 

Just returning from the 25th Annual NERFA conference in Stamford, CT, where I was honored to be presented by WOMR's Bob Weiser at the Suzi Wollenburg DJ Showcase on Thursday night. This main stage performance was followed by several Guerrilla Showcases late night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Huge thanks to Linda Marks for snapping this photo of me at Friday night's RISA Rhode Showcase. I'd also like to thank Joe Virga at Cup of Joe Showcase, Larry Ahearn in the Trespass Music room, David Heitler-Klevens for hosting the Music for the New Revolution Showcase, and Scott Krokoff for hosting the One Up, One Down, One Down, One Cover showcase. These were very late nights filled with lots of fun and fine live music. 

NERFA is always wonderful and overwhelming. It proved to be both again this year. Thanks to all of the volunteers, workshop panelists, mentors, folk radio djs, promoters, showcase hosts, and venue booking agents who attended, performed, listened,and networked. It was an incredible weekend. Noel Paul Stookey's keynote address was inspired, and inspiring. 

But that's just the beginning! I can't wait to celebrate my pal Betsy Siggins of Folk New England when Club Passim presents her with a lifetime achievement award at their 50th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, November 14 at the Shubert in Boston. She has been, and continues to be, a formidable force in the world of folk music. Here she is with her panel of incredible women for her workshop on Women in Music at this past weekend's NERFA conference. 

On Saturday, November 16, I'll head to the Brooklyn Coffee, Tea, & Guesthouse in Providence, RI to participate in their monthly RISA Songwriters' Showcase. I'll be featuring along side Mark Stepakoff and Michael Graham. Tickets are $5 each and you can purchase them in advance by following this Eventbrite Ticket LinkI'm thrilled to be featuring at the Coffeehouse at the Mews in Provincetown on Monday, November 18. I'll be performing many tracks off of my new album, Embracing the Journey, as well as some brand new, yet-to-be-recorded tunes. I hope to see you there! I'll be hosting Harvest Open Mic on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 at Harvest Gallery Wine Bar in Dennis. Joanne Lurgio will be our feature performer from 6:30 - 7:15. I'm looking forward to hearing some of the songs from her recently released album Crossing Jordan. Come early to enjoy great food and get first crack at the open mic sign up sheet, and enjoy Joanne's feature set! 

On Thursday, November 21, I'm headed to the NAEYC Annual Conference (I'm an early childhood music educator by day!) in Nashville, TN, where I hope to snag a spot at the open mic at the Commodore Grille. And if not, I'm sure I'll be listening to some amazing live music. Either way, it's a win win! I've never been to Nashville and I am beyond excited to be making this trip. 

You can find Heyday at O'Shea's Olde Inne on Wednesday, November 27. Yes, the night before Thanksgiving. So get your prep done early and come on down to catch our set! It'll be a nice break from sitting around the house with all of your out-of-town relatives! 

And then, to wrap up a very busy November, I'll be appearing solo at the Harwich Inn and Tavern on Route 28 in West Harwich on Saturday, November 30th at 7:00 pm. Another great way to get a much needed break from those out-of-town relatives. Or, if you don't need a break, bring those relatives with you for a change of scenery and some great live music! 

Last but not least, I'm so excited to be sharing the bill with Caroline Brennan, Catie Flynn, and Kathi Taylor for our Inaugural Songbirds Concert at the Sons of Erin. (Think Paddy Murphy Quartet but with women!) This event will take place on Sunday, December 1, from 4:00 - 7;00 p.m., and does not conflict with a Patriots Game! Some come on out and support the Songbirds of the Sons! 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy November, filled with gratitude. And remember, live music is the perfect cure for these shorter day blues! 

Still Summer  

Okay, okay, so it's officially autumn. But I'm just not feelin' it! As I wrote in a recent song, "I still have my flip flops on, summer's fadin' but it isn't gone, yeah I still have my flip flops on."

I'm having a quiet fall, and enjoying the slower performance schedule. Watching the harvest moon rise over Sandy Neck beach as I was getting ready for my feature set at Circle By the Sea was definitely a highlight. Thanks to Leona for hosting a fabulous night of music and community. 

Last night I had the pleasure of featuring at opening night of the South Shore Folk Music Club's 41st year. Meaghan Casey opened, the open mic talent was superb, and I got to sing a few songs with my friend Todd Nickerson of Sparrow Blue. It was a lovely evening filled with great live music. 

I'm looking forward to fall with lots of opportunities to catch me doing some solo original gigs promoting my new CD Embracing the Journey. Come find me!Thursday, September 26, Mediator Fellowship Open Mic Feature, Providence, RI, hosted by Don Tassone. 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. 

Sunday, October 13, Sandwich Porchfest, Sandwich, MA. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. I'll be playing the second set from 2:30 - 4:00 out in front of The Weather Store, 146 Main Street. Thanks to Kim Moberg for hosting and Sandwich Arts Alliance for sponsoring this fun event! 

Friday, October 25, Cotuit Library's Song Sisters: Sharing the Power of Women in Music, Cotuit, MA 6:00 p.m. Co-bill with the Kim Moberg & Heather Swanson Duo and Out Late with Diana Di Gioia and Melody Massi.

Wednesday, October 30, Heyday at O'Shea's Olde Inne, West Dennis, MA 8:00 - 11:00. Full band show with tons of new songs added to the set list.

Thursday, November 7 - Sunday November 10, 25th Annual NERFA Conference, Stamford, CT. I'll be playing a myriad of showcases throughout the weekend.

Saturday, November 16, RISA Songwriter's Showcase at Brooklyn Coffee, Tea, and Guesthouse, Providence, MA. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Co-bill with Diane Battistello and Mark Stepakoff

Monday, November 18, Coffeehouse at the Mews Feature, Provincetown, MA, hosted by Peter Donnelly

Of course we have the Vinegrass Music Festival coming up at Truro Vineyards on Sunday, September 29 - a fabulous line-up this year - make sure to grab your tickets! Proceeds go to fund sustaining scholarships awarded to Cape Cod high school graduates pursuing a career in music and attending an accredited 4-year college. And you'll still find me hosting monthly open mics on the first Monday of the month at O'Shea's Olde Inne and various and sundry Wednesdays at Harvest Gallery Wine Bar

Our feature performer from 6:30 - 7:15 at Harvest Open Mic on Wednesday, September 25th is singer/songwriter Doug Farrell from New Hampshire. 

Our October 7th song circle prompt at O'Shea's is "Birthday or Christmas party at the old folks home." That oughtta make for some interesting tunes . . . 

Okay, this is me, signing off for now. And remember - don't let the fall bring you down - as Larry used to say, "keep a song in your heart."

peace, love, &  music 

kathleen  

 

August  

I will also be appearing at Wellfleet Porchfest on Saturday, August 24 at 1:30 pm in front of Frances Francis, 355 Main Street!

July Fly By 

Too busy with summer gigs to write a lengthy blog so I'm just gonna leave these here - come find me at a show! 

JUST ANNOUNCED!

Fridays at the Pheasant 

Please join me at The Pheasant on 6A in Dennis
Friday July 19 & Friday July 26 for live music from 9:00 - 11:00 pm

Sunday Evening at the Harborview

Come wind down your weekend with some live music across from the docks in Hyannis
Sunday, July 21 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Now get on out there and enjoy summer on Cape Cod! 

peace, love, & music - Kathleen 

Embracing the Journey 

I am over the moon to announce that my new studio album, Embracing the Journey, is in production and we will be celebrating its release with a concert on Wednesday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. at O'Shea's Olde Inne in West Dennis. So please mark your calendars - come to the show and pick up a CD while you're there! The digital version of the album will hit the on-line markets on Thursday, March 28.I have been working hard on these songs with Jon Evans at The Studio at Brick Hill for a little over a year. It has been quite a journey, not without a few bumps in the road, and I am incredibly proud of the finished product. I send my heartfelt gratitude out to all who helped shape these songs into what they are today. 

Thanks to Jon Evans for his positive energy and his discerning ear, and for laying down all of the bass tracks and countless other instruments as well. Thanks to Bill Kwaak for picking up all of the slack at home while I was in the studio for hours on end, and then coming in to add some vocal, drum, and percussion tracks. Thanks to Randy Patterson for taking time out of his busy work and life schedule to come into the studio and record some lead guitar, mandolin, and harmony tracks. Thanks to Mark Erelli for lending his voice to Small Things in a soulful interpretation of the second verse lyrics, and for joining in on the chorus as well. Thanks to Katy Boc Nickerson of Sparrow Blue for composing and performing a beautiful and ethereal fiddle part on Vagabond. Thanks to Catie Flynn, Doreen LaFranchise, Kim Moberg, and Tanya Roza for taking time on a summer Saturday in July to come off of the beach and into the studio to record the angel choir parts to Speaking Out, and then jumping in on the choruses of Small Things, Loopholes, and House of Love while they were there. And to Doreen for coming back in to add her signature harmonies on Slip Away, Over the Ocean, and counterpoint on House of Love. Thanks to Christine Lavin for noticing my song Speaking Out and playing it during her guest host appearance on John Platt's Sunday Supper on WFUV in  August. Thanks to Bob Weiser and Dinah Mellin for their support of local music and for playing some of the new tracks on WOMR. Thank you to my Dad, Seamus Healy, for gifting me the painting I am using for the cover art, as well as my love of music. Thank you to Kara Ryan Photography for the jacket photos. Thank you to Moira Birch Swiatkowski for helping me with the CD and jacket design. And thank you to Kristin Stearns Stewart for giving me a t-shirt entitled "Embrace the Journey" when I set out on my drive across country almost 30 years ago! I still have that t-shirt, and I still try to live by that sentiment.

And most of all, I send my humble gratitude to each of you who are taking the time to read this blog. You have each inspired me in some way. Thank you for coming out to see me in all sorts of weather and at many different venues when I'm performing live, for supporting my music by purchasing CDs, and for asking encouragingly "when is the new CD going to be ready?"  Well it's ready, and I can't wait for you to hear it! 


 

 

Jumpin' January!  

Howdy folks! January is jumpin'! Check out the show schedule and catch a gig soon! Lots of opportunity to hear me with the trio this month, and a few solo gigs as well. 

I am booking for February and beyond, so if you're interested in having some new music in your venue, please reach out! 

Wise words and reflections on winter  

"They lived and laughed and loved and left." - James Joyce. It doesn't get much terser than that. Thank you, Mr. Jack Harrison for teaching me to love words and appreciate their power at an early age. You will be missed, dear sir.  

Reflecting back on an amazing autumn . . . I can't remember the last time we saw such beautiful foliage here on the cape. The maples were stunning, the copper beeches so vibrant, even the oaks chose orange and deep red before donning their typical brown. It was breathtaking. Alas, now the trees are bare and the leaves have been washed away by the recent wind and rain. Which means winter can't be too far behind, complete with a December chock full of Christmas Strolls, Carols, and Cavalcades!

First we'll be wrapping up November with a fun Thanksgiving Eve show at O'Shea's Olde Inne in West Dennis. So please check the upcoming show dates and come find me at one of my solo appearances, as a duo with Randy Patterson, or the trio at a Heyday gig.

Oh wait! I almost forgot! We finished all of the recording for the new CD at Brick Hill Studio and now we wait patiently while the songs are mixed, mastered, and the CDs produced. Stay tuned for news about upcoming release shows! 

Until then, please enjoy this little tune about the return of Old Man Winter on Cape Cod, recorded back in 2016 at Live From Center Stage with The Trailers featuring Frank Consiglio on mandolin and Bill Kwaak on bass. 

 

Autumn Again 

I usually love autumn. Cooler weather and crisper air. A time for change. But truthfully I'm not a big fan of change, and this autumn has brought some huge ones. My dad gave up the good fight on September 4th and I miss him in a huge heavy way - such a loss as I have never before encountered. He was my biggest fan and playing gigs knowing that he won't be out in the audience has been really really hard for me. But the healing power of music sometimes works its magic and so far I have been able play those gigs with only momentary pauses and a few tears.

My CD was scheduled to be released on Friday, September 28, but it didn't quite get finished with the scheduling glitches associated with losing a parent. So I played a "Concert Featuring New Works" at West Parish Church in West Barnstable to an intimate and understanding listening audience. I'll be heading up to Provincetown on Monday, October 8 to sing a few songs from said new CD on Bob Weiser's Old Songs Home Radio Show. So we are back at it, and stay tuned - you'll be the first to know when it's finished. The new CD will be entitled Embracing the Journey. Here's a little photo of me embracing my dad. 

 

For now, please come find me at a gig. I promise to sing a song or two that my dad taught me when I was little. Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die, or That Olde Mountain Dew, Amelia Aerhart's Last Flight, or possibly even Truck Drivin' Man, as well as some of the new songs, and some of your favorite Heyday folk covers too. It'll be fun! 

The trees know best, when the summer's gone, and they're not afraid to let her go . . ." - from Stand in Awe by Dala

peace, love, music - kathleen 

Exciting Summer News!  

Happy August! I've got some exciting stuff coming up this week and I'd love to share my news with you all!

First, I'm looking forward to appearing at a Songwriters in the Round evening on Friday, August 3 at The Hearing Room in Lowell along with Dawn Kenney and Ralph DeFlorio. Thanks to Aaron Tornberg and Mushroom Musicians for setting that up! 

On Saturday, August 4th I am excited about performing along side Catie Flynn, Chev Hardy, Kim Moberg, and Dylan Routhier at the Cape Variety Ensemble Concert. This event takes place at the West Dennis Community Church from 7:00 - 9:00 and is a benefit for the DY Music Program. It is the brain child of Dylan Routhier, who graduated from DY in June and is heading off to Berkeley in the fall. It is his way of giving back to DY before moving on. He has assembled an amazing band of talented musicians who will accompany each songwriter on our original compositions. Not only did Dylan compose some original songs for this event, he arranged each of our songs for concert band, and even composed a first movement to one of my songs. This is a concert not to be missed and I hope you can be there! 

And finally, to wrap up this stellar weekend, on Sunday, August 5th, at some point between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 pm EST, my song Speaking Out will be featured on John Platt's Sunday Supper radio show, guest hosted by Christine Lavin on WFUV radio out of New York. Christine reached out to me at the end of June to let me know that someone had forwarded her a scratch recording of my song Speaking Out. (I nearly fainted when I read the email and could not stop saying "oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!" as I looked at my computer screen!)  She then told me of her interest in airing the song on the radio show and inquired as to whether it would be possible to record a radio ready mix of the song in time for the show's taping at the end of July. Despite crazy busy summer schedules and huge thanks to producer Jon Evans at the Studio at Brick Hill, and my angel choir of harmony singers, (Catie Flynn, Doreen LaFranchise, Kim Moberg, and Tanya Roza) the song is ready and I sent it to her today. Please tune in if you have a chance this coming Sunday evening! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it doesn't stop there! The CD is coming along nicely and should be all finished by late summer, early fall. Stay tuned for that. The same day we went in and finished recording Speaking Out, Randy Patterson and Billy Kwaak came in to add some mandolin, drums, and male voices to the mix. Not to mention that the rest of August and the beginning of September are chock full of gigs and I hope to see you out and about at a show one of these days! Lots of outdoor gigs so you can enjoy the beautiful weather and be serenaded by yours truly while you're at it!

Solo Gigs – Summer 2018 

August Gigs  

Friday, August 3 @11:30 am: Live Lunch Series, Bismore Park, Hyannis 

Friday, August 3 @ 8:00 pm: Songwriters in the round with Ralph DiFlorio & Dawn Kenney at the The Hearing Room, Lowell 

Saturday, August 4, @ 7:00 pm: Sunset S’mores & Sing Along, Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis, MA 

Saturday, August 4 @ 7:00 pm: Cape Cod Variety Ensemble Benefit Concert at the West Dennis Community Church $15 

Sunday, August 5 @ 1:00 pm: Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market, Mashpee 

Sunday, August 5 @5:00 pm: John Platt’s Sunday Supper on WFUV guest hosted by Christine Lavin – my song Speaking Out will be featured! 

Monday, August 6 @ 7:00 pm: Songwriter Circle & Open Mic, O’Shea’s Olde Inn, West Dennis 

Wednesday, August 8 @ 11:00 am: Wonderful Wednesday at Hyannis Librar

Wednesday, August 8 @ 6:00 pm: Feature at Flying Fish, Wellfleet 

Thursday, August 9 @ 5:30 pm: Outside in the Boat at Oliver's/Planck’s Yarmouthport 

Saturday, August 11 @ 7:00 pm: Sunset S’mores & Sing Along, Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis, MA 

Wednesday, August 15 at 8:45 am: Feature at Wellfleet Farmers’ Market 

Wednesday, August 15 @ 5:30 pm: Main Street Songwriter Series, Hyannis 

Saturday, August 18 @ 7:00 pm: Sunset S’mores & Sing Along, Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis, MA 

Monday, August 20 @11:30 am:  Live Lunch Series, Harbor Overlook, Hyannis 

Wednesday, August 22 @ 6:30 pm: Harvest Open Mic Showcase featuring Roland Blair, Harvest Gallery Wine Bar, Dennis 

Friday, August 24 @11:30 am: Live Lunch Series, Bismore Park, Hyannis 

September Gigs 

Sunday, September 2 @ 5:30 pm: Outside in the Boat at Oliver's/Planck’s Yarmouthport 

Sunday, September 9 @ 1:00 pm: Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market 

Friday, September 21 @ 7:00 pm: Circle By The Sea, Sandy Neck Beach

Heyday 

 featuring Kathleen Healy, Randy Patterson, & Billy Kwaak

Summer Gigs

 
Friday August 10 @ 7:00 pm: Island Blue Crab, Brewster 

Wednesday, August 15 @ 8:00 pm: O’Shea’s Olde Inne, West Dennis 

Thursday, August 16 @ 7:30 pm: Harvest Gallery Wine Bar, Dennis

Friday, August 24 @ 8:30 p.m. O'Shea's Olde Inne, West Dennis 

Friday, August 31 @ 9:45 pm: Oliver’s/Planck’s Tavern, Yarmouth Port 
 
Friday, September 7 @ 4:00 pm: First Friday at Mashpee Commons 

Saturday, September 8 @ 2:00 pm: Mashpee Commons Bandstand 

Support live music! Come see a show! 

peace, love, & music - kathleen

 

Summer Shows! 

Summer is finally here and I am beyond excited to be playing some of my favorite old haunts and adding a few new venues into the mix.

Hope to see you out and about! 

Solo Shows

Heyday

 featuring Kathleen Healy, Randy Patterson, & Billy Kwaak

Summer Gigs

 

June Gigs 
Saturday, June 23 @ 1:00 pm:  Barnstable Art in the Village, Barnstable 

July Gigs 
Wednesday, July 18 @ 8:00 pm: O’Shea’s Olde Inne, West Dennis 

Friday, July 20 @ 7:00 pm: Island Blue Crab, Brewster 

Saturday, July 21 @ 4:00 pm: Mashpee Commons Sidewalk Festival 

August Gigs 
Friday August 10 @ 7:00 pm: Island Blue Crab, Brewster 

Wednesday, August 15 @ 8:00 pm: O’Shea’s Olde Inne, West Dennis 

Friday, August 31 @ 9:45 pm: Oliver’s/Planck’s Tavern, Yarmouth Port 

September Gigs 
Friday, September 7 @ 4:00 pm: First Friday at Mashpee Commons 

Saturday, September 8 @ 2:00 pm: Mashpee Commons Bandstand

 

Support live music! Come see a show! 

peace, love, & music - kathleen