Foggy Autumn 

I have a few upcoming virtual gigs at Sandwich Porchfest and Linden Tree Coffee House - check the schedule for the details. I hope you are all hanging in there! I have been walking the beach almost daily to help ground me during these times. Here is one of my recent photos taken on a damp day at the end of one of my favorite walking spots, West Dennis Beach. As we approach November 3, and the end of 2020, let's hope this fog lifts soon. 

Please keep in touch. I am available for small, socially distanced house concerts, virtual or otherwise. Stay well - peace xo Kathleen 

Silver Linings 

So all of the gigs have been cancelled, but new live streaming gigs are being scheduled. I no longer have a moment of privacy in my house, but I do have time to practice my guitar every single day. I am missing the energy of performing in front of a live audience, but I am learning all sorts of new stuff about interfaces and blue yeti microphones and iRigs and OBS and Zoom. Some days I feel like my head is about to explode, but so far it hasn't so that's another one for the plus column. My teens have been lying to my face about completing their distance learning assignments and are now grounded on quarantine. Which means no more x-box (seriously what else is there to take away?). But for the most part, my family is getting along with each other way better than I ever could have imagined. And we have our health. And I have managed to get to a beach every single day for 313 days and counting. I've seen sunrises and sunsets and everything in between. 

I haven't slept in weeks because after everybody goes to bed I simply can't settle my mind. It might have something to do with Billy's snoring, but mostly I lie awake and mull over the days horrific news and numbers and I ache for all of my friends and fellow humans who are living this pandemic hell on the front lines every single day, while I stay home and take care of my family and read about their heroism. We've lost so much. We lost John Prine. 

But the lack of sleep has led to some midnight oil writing sessions and I might have come up with a new song or two. So I guess what I'm saying is that so far, for every down there has been an up, for every inconvenience, a new lesson learned, and within each cloud a silver lining. Please know that I am missing you. And wishing you well. And stockpiling some new material for the next time we get to see each other in person.

 

Like this one, for example. I was invited to participate in this fun little Old Cape Cod mash-up sponsored by the Cheap Seats and the Melody Tent and featuring real live local Cape Cod musicians. Here's my full version as well. I've always wanted to learn this song and now I have. 

                                        

My Amazing Things Arts Center concert with Kim Moberg and Sparrow Blue has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 - click on the link to order tickets and attend via zoom - tickets are priced from a very affordable $0 all the way up to $20 - please just come and share some music with us! 

ATAC Concert with Kathleen Healy, Kim Moberg, & Sparrow Blue Ticket Link

I figured out how to live stream a zoom meeting on facebook, so we have been holding songwriter circles and open mics again, which feels really good. Next songwriter circle is Monday May 4th at 7:00, followed by open mic at 8:00. Send an email to info@kathleenhealy.com for the zoom info if you'd like to participate, or tune into the facebook live stream on my facebook page to watch and comment. The prompt for the circle is "transformation." 

Bill and I will be playing a virtual set on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Huge shout out to Sean and Caroline Brennan for promoting local musicians through their Solidarity Sessions live-streamed concerts during this time of social distancing. Together, Billy and I make up two thirds of our band Heyday. We really miss playing gigs with Heyday, and hope to be back at it real soon. But in the meantime, there really isn't anybody on earth I'd rather be on lock-down with. Another silver lining.

Okay -  that's it for me for now. I'm leaving the summer gig schedule in place until I hear otherwise. Check back here from time to time for the latest info on cancellations and upcoming live stream gigs. Stay well. Wash your hands. And don't touch your face! 

peace, love, and music - 

kathleen 

  

Hitting the Airwaves 

Getting ready to drop! No, not me . . . my CD! Embracing the Journey. We were slated to release the album to radio stations across the country on November 1, but then life got in the way. They say good things come to those who wait. So I'm just going follow my own advice and embrace the journey. I am beyond excited to finally have the opportunity to share my music with audiences far and wide!

Here's what reviewers have to say about the album so far:

"The 12-track, 42-minute LP is of a personal nature. Her melodies are often memorable with touches of classic melodies from other sources (“Gift From My Mother”) the most obvious. Nonetheless, the tune is a beauty, with excellent sound. A playful tone to Ms. Healy’s voice — ala Nanci Griffith. (True, as well of “Slip Away”). Most effecting. 
Kathleen is a valued folk singer. She steps into big shoes. Has sincerity, poignancy & warmth to her repertoire. She isn’t yet political – yet. She seems to prefer the importance of family, friends, unions & reminding all of us — life is worth living."

--John Apice - Americana Highways (You can read the full text here: Americana Highways)

"KATHLEEN HEALY/Embracing the Journey: An engaging folkie, A solid set of acoustic music with an ear bent toward liberation."

--Midwest Record 

Embracing the Journey will hit the airwaves on February 1, 2020 with the help of the good folks at Trespass Music.  

Until then, please come find me at a show, or check out some of the songs  from the new album recorded live at O'Shea's Olde Inne on youtube! 

                                         

I can't wait to see where the journey takes us next! 

The Sun Hangs Low in the Cold December Sky  

It's that time of year again! I'm breaking out the Christmas tunes, both originals and standards, and gearing up for some holiday shows. I'm thrilled to be able to lend my time and talent to some great events and fund raisers this December.

I'll be leading the residents of Eagle Pond Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harwich in song on Saturday, December 7. This event is sponsored by the Cape Cod Veterans, Inc. and I'm honored that they invite me back year after year to provide the music for the residents' annual Christmas Party. 

Then, later that night, I'll be heading up to Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater to participate in first of two Yule for Fuel events to benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council.

I'll be accompanied by my Heyday band mate Randy Patterson on mandolin and we'll be performing one of my original Christmas songs entitled Choose to Believe as well as a cover of my favorite Christmas song - Dar Williams' The Christians and the Pagans. Here's a little video of Randy and I rehearsing Choose to Believe . . .

and while you're there on the youtube channel, feel free to subscribe! 

On December 15, our whole band is thrilled to be included once again in the fantastic and star-studded line-up of performers at the 16th Annual Christmas Cavalcade for Homeless People. This event is always fun-filled and action packed. You don't want to miss it. This event is hosted by the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and HAC - the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod.  

On December 8th I'll join Kim Moberg at the Centerville Public Library to participate in the Centerville Civic Association's annual. Christmas Stroll. Kim will be performing from 3:30 - 4:40 and I'll be performing from 4:45 - 5:45. I enjoy playing this event every year - strolling around this quintessential New England village and then leading the strollers in some traditional carols. It really puts me in the spirit! 

Later on in the evening of December 8 I will be featured in a mini-concert on Jon Stein's Hootenanny Cafe on WTBQ Radio at 9:00 p.m. Click here to listen live on Sunday! 

On Thursday, December 12, Heyday heads on over to West Dennis fill the House of Love with live music! Join us every second Thursday at O'Shea's!  

I'm also really excited to have been chosen to perform at this year's Winter Potpourri/Opening Act Contest at the Linden Tree Coffeehouse in Wakefield on December 14th. Once again, I'm included in a line-up of talented performers. I am really looking forward to this opportunity! So if you have any friends in the Wakefield area, send them my way on the 14th! Kirsten Manville hosts and Peter Lehndorff will be performing an extended set. 

I'll head over the bridge again on December 17th to perform at a Songwriters in the Round evening at Mr. Dooley's Irish Village Pub in Cohasset. So for all of my South Shore friends, this is a great opportunity to come out and support original music! This event is hosted by PB & Jay. 

On December 21 I'll be celebrating the Winter Solstice with a solo show at the Harwich Inn and Tavern. Time to brighten up those dark days of December with some live music and holiday cheer! 

Christmas Eve finds me continuing my tradition of leading Christmas Carols around the trunk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at O'Shea's Olde Inne before heading over to my mom's house for some family time. 

And on New Year's Eve, my band Heyday is thrilled to be joining the Skiffs to help ring in the New Year in style at O'Shea's. We're kicking it off at 5:30 and the Skiffs take the stage at 8:00. It's going to be a wonderful night. 

                                           

Looking forward to seeing you at a gig! 

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!