Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in the USA. 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, No Depression and Uncut.
Kaia started her career early, crafting her first EP Old Soul (2013) when she was just out of high school. Since then, she’s gone on to release two more albums, Sorrow Bound (2015) and Nine Pin (2016). Her most recent album weaves between hard-hitting songs that touch on social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down,” “Paradise Fell”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award and sent Kaia on an 18-month touring journey from Ireland to Iowa, including stops at The Kennedy Center, Hillside Festival and London's O2 Arena. Kaia is currently working on her next album, due for release in early 2019.
"...plaintive, mesmerizing...writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran..." -Rolling Stone
“....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
“I have just seen the Ola Belle Reed of the 21st Century.” – Art Menius, No Depression/The ArtsCentre Carrboro, NC
This event is supported through the Mid Atlantic Tour program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the National Endowment for the Arts
FRI NOV 2 | 8PM | $18, $15 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door)