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 

 

 

Beautiful Spring 

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." - Harriet Ann Jacobs 

Revival. It's been a long time coming. I have been having so much fun laying down the bones of the new album with Jon Evans at The Studio at Brick Hill in Orleans. Now it's time to add the vocals and all the trimmings. Hoping for a summer 2018 release if all goes well - stay tuned for details! 

And with this new batch of songs come some new adventures. What at treat to get to hang out with friends Will and Cyndi Rhodin and play a set at Record Store Day at Newtown Book and Record Exchange in Newtown, PA on April 21. Owner Bobbie Lewis is a gracious host, and staunch supporter of live original music! 

I've been having a blast road-tripping with my good friend and fellow singer/songwriter Kim Moberg. First we hit Dedham Square Coffee House on Friday, April 27, and then Kim and I joined Beth DeSombre at the Serendipity Songwriters in the Round on Wednesday May 9th where we each presented new original songs composed from the prompt "That'll Have to Wait." 

And it was so great to be one of the grant recipients celebrated by the Mid-Cape Cultural Council, along with my co-worker Susan Anarino and some of our ukulele students for our afterschool music enrichment program.

When I'm not traveling as a solo artist, Randy Patterson and I are booking under the name of Heyday and the calendar is beginning to fill up with dates for the summer! And sometimes our duo becomes a trio when Bill Kwaak is available to sit in on drums. We are having a blast singing a mix of all of your favorite classic folk rock and Americana tunes, with a nice balance of originals. So be sure to check us out!  

June has me venturing off of the sandbar a few times. I'll be heading to WCAT TV in Winthrop to record a show for their An Acoustic Session series. And then I'll be going all the way to Salem, NH to feature at the Coffee Coffee Saturday Open Mic on June 9th. 

July and August are filling up quite nicely with regular gigs at all my favorite summer haunts - Singer/Songwriter Series down by the artist shanties and on Main Street in Hyannis, the Live Lunch Series at Bismore Park in Hyannis, First Fridays, Saturday Sidewalk Festivals, and Sunday Farmers' Markets at Mashpee Commons, Saturday Evening S'mores Bonfires at the Lighthouse Inn, Outside in the Boat at Oliver's, The Flying Fish in Wellfleet, The Bandstand at Mashpee Commons, The Island Blue Crab in Brewster, and O'Shea's Olde Inne in West Dennis.

Check out the music calendar for all the details about where I'm playing next, or sign up for my mailing list to receive my every-other-month updates via email. I'll also have some postcards of the summer schedule at my upcoming gigs, so stop by O'Shea's Olde Inne on Thursday, May 17 or the Island Blue Crab on Friday, June 8th to pick up your postcard! 

Looking forward to seeing you at a show real soon! 

peace, love, music, and . . . glorious spring! 

Spring! So Close! And Yet Snow Far Away . . . 

Okay, I admit it. I'm ready for winter to end. I am looking forward springing forward and returning to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, which will mean more daylight when I get home from the day job every afternoon - time to hit the bike path, which is where I do some of my best thinking. 

I'm fresh off an amazing International Women's Week - it began on Monday with a hugely successful fundraiser for ACLU. The amazingly talented women of Cape Cod came together to perform at O'Shea's Olde Inne and even on the heels of hundreds of thousands of Cape Codders recovering from one hell of a Nor'easter, we managed to raise over $500 for ACLU. The audience was attentive and generous, the atmosphere welcoming, the staff friendly, and the entertainment live, local, and fabulous. Heartfelt thanks to all who made the event a success. 

Thursday found me at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod celebrating the actual International Women's Day with the fine women from the Women's International Leage for Peace and Freedom. I was honored to perform two new songs - one inspired by Lauren Wolk's award winning novel Wolf Hollow. Later in the evening, Lauren was honored by WILPF, and many women of all ages came together to perform breathtaking dance numbers, spoken word, instrumental pieces, and beautiful songs. It is an incredible event and one which I look forward to each year. One which restores my faith in humanity. 

Now I'll shift it into high gear to get ready for the St. Paddy's Day gigs coming up. I am so thrilled to be joined by Randy Patterson on mandolin and lead guitar and Bill Kwaak on percussion! Come find us at O'Shea's Olde Inne at 5:00 p.m. on Parade Day, March 10, or at noon on March 17th.

When I'm not out performing for y'all, in my spare time, you can find me at Brick Hill Studio working on my second full length album. It's really starting to take shape, and I couldn't be more excited.

Check out the show schedule to find out where you can come on out and listen to some live music. And if you have any suggestions of new venues to try, please leave them in the comments below. I'm actively booking summer 2018 and the calendar is beginning to fill up! 

And looking ahead to Spring, here's a highlight from last spring: my performance of Mary at the Cape Cod Women's Music Festival, where I had the honor of being joined by Catie Flynn on harmony vocals and Sarah Burill on lead guitar. Looking forward to helping out at this year's festival! 

Hope to see you out and about! 

peace, love, & music - kathleen 

January Thaw? 

And as I watched the mercury 
And thought about the prophecy 
A new moon and an early thaw . . . 

- Sting, January Star

January. A new year. New beginnings. A time for resolutions and skipping dessert. And since despite all of my efforts I can't seem to thin my waistline, I have thinned my performance calendar to make more time for my family . . .

and for marching for things I believe in. Like peace, love, and unity . . .

thanks to Rand Burkert for singing in the ranks with me

and thanks to my musical friend Kim Moberg and my artist friend Moira Swiatkowski who share my vision for a different world for our kids . . . 

       

Oh! And stay tuned for the release of a new recording project currently underway! 

In the meantime, I will keep posting my gigs here on the website under the "Shows" tab.  

December had a few highlights, not the least of which was getting to meet Judy Collins after her show at Monomoy High School - thanks to Bob Weiser for producing the show, Betsy Siggins for saving me a seat, and Rowland Scherman for shooting the photo. "It's done!" 
And of course to Judy for her phenomenal performance and some words of advice for this aspiring folk singer.  

Be well, and I hope to see you out at a show soon!

xo kathleen 

Singing Loud for All to Hear 

December, again. After spending the better part of the year writing topical songs to help sort through all of my personal outrage surrounding current events, I've turned to some old fashioned denial to help get me through the season. So I'm taking a page out of Buddy the Elf's Book: "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

My way of coping at the moment is to ignore the state of the world at large and immerse myself in holiday music. So far, it seems to be working. My days are spent prepping my elementary school students for our annual Holiday Concert, and I spent the first weekend of December singing my heart out, first at the Island Blue Crab on Friday, then at Cape Abilities Farm for their Holiday Open House on Saturday, and finally Sunday at the Centerville Christmas Stroll sharing a porch with my good friend Kim Moberg. Just what the doctor ordered to get this singer songwriter into the spirit of things.

Pictured below, Hank and some of the Cape Abilities Farm crew join me for a holiday sing-a-long! 

The rest of the month is shaping up to be busy as well. 

On Friday December 8th I'll be at O'Shea's Olde Inne for the early set from 6:00 - 8:00 before Steve Morgan and His Kingfish storm the stage at 8:30. Randy Patterson will be joining me on mandolin and lead guitar. This will be an excellent way to kick off your weekend.         

On Friday, December 15, Randy and I return to the Island Blue Crab in Brewster from 7:00 - 10:00 for our final third Friday appearance of 2017. Luis and his crew will be closing up shop and heading for warmer climates during the month of January. We're looking forward to resuming our first and third Friday gigs there when they re-open in February.

 

Saturday December 16th finds me at the Orleans Winter Farmer's Market at Nauset Middle School from 9:00 a.m. - noon. Then I'll hightail it over to Eagle Pond Nursing Home to sing some Christmas carols with the residents. Thanks to the Cape Cod Veterans for setting up the Christmas party each year. 

On Sunday, December 17th, Randy and I will be playing the early set at Harvest from 5:00 - 6:30.
We are thrilled to be sharing the bill with Toast and Jam who will be playing from 7:00 - 9:00.
It's an Americana Double Header not to be missed! 

                   

On Monday, December 18th, I'm looking forward to returning to Bob Weiser's Old Songs' Home Radio Show on WOMR for the fourth annual Holiday Open House. Be sure to tune in from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. You never know who might drop into the studio and play a new holiday song! 

And for my final gig of 2017, I will be playing the O'Shea's All Star Christmas Party on Friday, December 22nd. I'll be sharing the stage with some of my favorite musicians - Doreen La Franchise, Beth Terrio, Brother Phil, Fred Monthei, and Sean Brennan. It's gonna be a blast so be sure mark your calendars! 

     

And don't worry! You can still find me first and third Mondays at O'Shea's and second and fourth Wednesdays at Harvest hosting your favorite open mics!              

Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, making sense of history, and drawing warmth out of the cold. . .

Dar Williams, from The Christians and The Pagans

Wishing you joyous holidays filled with light and love and hope. 

(and live music, of course!)

Heading Back to NERFA! And other November happenings . . .  

November is getting off to a wonderful start. Huge thanks to Kara Ryan Photography for a fun photo shoot down by the bay in Yarmouth Port. Here are a few photos from that afternoon . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I write this, I'm fresh off a feature at Brooklyn Coffee Tea House in  Providence for a Songwriters Evening sponsored by the  Rhode Island Songwriters' Association. Anthony Demings of RHODYWOOD is a gracious host and Greg Klabon did a wonderful job with the sound. And thanks to Diane Batistello for coming out to support live music! It was great to reconnect.  I was honored to share the bill with fellow RISA members Dave Dersham, lyricist extraordinaire of Northhampton, MA, and my good friend, amazing guitarist, and partner in crime Kim Moberg. The three of us will no doubt be crossing paths again later this week as we will be reconvening in Stamford, CT (where else would a self-respecting singer/songwriter be the second weekend in November?)
Needless to say, I am very excited to be heading back to NERFA for the second time and have lined up several Guerrilla Showcase Performances! Looking forward to rooming with Betsy Siggins again and hopefully hanging with my old friends Katy and Todd of Sparrow Blue, and maybe bumping into Bob Weiser, David Roth, Cosy Sheridan, and Rick Drost, to name a few.When I return from NERFA, I'll be keeping busy with some of my usual local gigs around Cape Cod.  

Friday November 17 finds me back at Wingate Residences at Brewster Place performing in their Friday Afternoon Music series. I'll be singing many of my originals as well as some classic standard folk songs in case folks feel like singing along. 

On Saturday November 18, I'll be pulling a double header.

First, I am honored to be included with some fine poets and musicians in the line-up for the third annual Thanks for the Giving Voices of Poetry event to benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council. We'll be gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Chatham at 5:00 p.m. Please join us for a great cause. 

After the benefit, I'll be high-tailing it over to the Island Blue Crab on Route 6A in Brewster to meet Randy Patterson for an evening of originals and standard Americana tunes, with lots of strings and some sweet harmony. The food is delicious and the atmosphere friendly so come on down and join us!

Of course, you'll still find me hanging out with the usual suspects at the open mics I'll be hosting. First and Third Mondays at O'Shea's Olde Inne and Second and Fourth Wednesdays at Harvest Gallery Wine Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check back from time to time because I will update the calendar as more dates are added. Hope to see you out and about! 

Thoughts on Tumbling Leaves and Ukuleles 

Yes well, fall is here. The boys are raking. Or at least that's what they're supposed to be doing. And in between being horrified by the news coming from Las Vegas, I'm trying to wrap my brain around the task of booking showcases and firming up plans for my second trip to NERFA. Luckily, there seem to be lots of opportunities for Songs of Peace and Freedom and Social Justice to be heard, and since those are the songs I tend to be writing these days, I'm in luck. Check out my new song - Loopholes. If you like what you hear, help yourself to a free download on my Reverbnation Page. And if you are so inclined, please consider making a donation to Everytown For Gun Safety, or visit your local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun sense in America to find out what you can do to help end gun violence in America.

The CapeSpace Coffee House Concert for Houston featuring Kate Taylor was a huge success. Jordan Renzi opened the evening with a mix of heartfelt original tunes and a few choice covers. Feature Kate Taylor took the stage and gave a warm and wonderful performance and it was an honor and privlege to work with her. Together with co-producers Kim Moberg, Robbin Orbison, and Besty Siggins, founder of Folk New England, and thanks to sponsors and all those who donated time and services, we were able to raise over $3,000 for Houston Food Bank.

The 4th Annual Vinegrass Festival was just an incredible blast this year, and also wildly successful. And speaking of Vinegrass, founder Monica Rizzio of this awesome non-profit organization is sponsoring a pilot ukulele program at the school where I am a music teacher. The program is called Ukeleles In the Classroom and it was developed by James Hill and J. Chalmers Doane of Canada. Phase one began this summer when Vinegrass sent me to a training in Toronto to begin my James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher certification process. Phase two is the pilot program in the school. I have a new classroom set of ukuleles, thanks to grants from VInegrass and Cape Cod 5. And now, through a grant from the John K. and Thirza F. Davenport FoundationVinegrass is donating enough ukuleles so every student in the program will be able to sign instruments out and practice at home, which will make a big difference in their learning outcomes.

So I guess I spoke too soon about the weather holding for the 2nd annual Sandwich Arts Alliance Porchfest - stay tuned for the reschedule date, at some point in October, on a week-end afternoon from 1:00 - 6:00. I'll be playing the second set at the Brown Jug right after Kim Moberg - come find us!

I'm excited to join Rand Burkert and Besty Siggins for "Disturbing the Peace, a Brief History of the Protest Song" at Cotuit Library on Saturday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. We'll be playing everything from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to Joan Baez and Bob Dylan with a little bit of everything else sprinkled in between. 

I've got a bunch of gigs coming up with Randy Patterson at a hot new venue - The Island Blue Crab in Brewster. The food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is lively and friendly, and Randy and I are having too much fun. Come check us out first & third Fridays from 7:00 -10:00. Randy and I will also be making an appearance after the session at O'Shea's Olde Inne on Sunday, October 22 at 7:30.

On Monday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m., I will be participating in a Celebration of Women in Music presented by the Acoustic Lounge at the Sandwich British Beer Company. Huge shout out to Hollis Green and Macalla for hosting this event! 

And don't forget to check out my open mic hosting gigs - first and third Mondays at O'Shea's Olde Inne and second and fourth Wednesdays at Harvest Gallery Wine Bar

So take a break from raking and come catch a show!