12 August 2016

Katie

It's six years since my lovely brother Paul died unexpectedly in his sleep. He was the same age as I am just now, heading towards my sixty third birthday. Paul fathered three children, the first of whom was Katie - born in London in 1976. She inherited Paul's passion for music, especially Irish music and became very adept on the flute and tin whistle. She also has an evocative singing voice as I think the You Tube clip below will reveal.

It is hard to believe that Katie is coming up to her fortieth birthday but uplifting to see that she is still making music. Her life has not been so easy but she has a heart of gold and a plaintive voice that can touch you like a magic wand. Here she is singing recently in Dublin at a little festival that celebrated the musical heritage of Ireland's traveller community:-

10 comments:

  1. Katie is a wonderful folk singer. True and clear voice. In my previous life many years ago, I too loved Irish folk music and used to find Irish poetry in old library books and set them to music. Never realized at the time that some of them had already been set to music by others more likely to be heard than myself. Beautiful, haunting poetry those Irish wrote.

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    1. There's a melancholy in the Irish soul and ancient whispers in their eaves.

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  2. Very nice voice and true does Katie have! I could picture her little group singing on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion radio program and being warmly received. Now that Garrison has retired I have no idea what his successor's taste in music will be, but it might be worth sending out a clip in that direction.

    I cannot believe it has been six years since Paul died. Where does the time go? Seems like yesterday that you told us.

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    1. "Making it" in the world of music seems to be less about talent and more about who you know. Yes Bob, six years have passed like the blinking of an eye haven't they?

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  3. That's a good way to remember your brother by referring to his daughter's music.

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    1. Paul would have been so proud to watch that clip.

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  4. Beautiful, Yorkie....I love Katie's voice...thanks for sharing. :)

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